From little ideas to big ideas

If you’ve ever noticed that funny little © Riding High notice in my books and webTV content and wondered what the hell is that – A surf club? A pony trekking service? Male escorts? – well now’s the time to end the suspense: it’s the name of my company. Originally I established Riding High Ltd to run my writing work through when I returned to the UK in 2008. And now my baby has grown. From now on I’ll now be developing TV series and formats for network and international broadcasters along with book content for traditional and independent publishing. I’ll be doing this solo, with creative partners and for clients. It’s also the company I’ll run any science development work through (more on that in later posts for now it’s all a little hush-hush).

I’ve set up a new website to go with this new feel for the company (It’s needs a couple of design tweaks of course, don’t they all). We’re based in the north east of England and work locally, nationally and internationally with a track record across Europe, the Middle East and North America. You can find out more here: www.ridinghigh.co.uk. And if you have any media or deception ideas you’d like to discuss we’d love to hear from you.

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Drive School – How to Drive on Two Wheels (Wheelie Weave)

Don’t forget your training wheels!

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Aim for the centre of the ramp in a straight line using one side of the car.
2. Balance steering and acceleration. When the car lurches off the ramp, you’ll be riding on the edges of your tyres, just like a motorbike taking a corner.
3. Hold your position until it’s time to go horizontal again. Then turn into the direction of your underside.

Troublespots. Depending on the type of car you use you may well have trouble with your carbs. Experiment and see what works!

Taken from the book How to Drive a Tank, more stunt driving techniques can be found here.

If you’re interested in receiving a free Kindle/ebook edition (for a limited time only), just drop me a line either in the comments below or via the contact page.

Learn these skills for yourself at http://www.stuntdriveuk.com

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Drive School – Scandinavian Flick (Rally Skills)

The Scandinavian Flick

While you can modify the previous hairpin handbrake turn to accommodate your edge of the seat needs, at speed it is easy to get wrong. Here’s a simpler technique.

Once again the aim is to unbalance the car so at speed drop down into third gear then quickly turn the wrong way into a corner to unbalance (that’s right, away from the corner you’re turning into) then immediately turn back the right way.

Now let the rear end slide out as far as your nerves can take and hit the throttle to power out of the slide. It takes a bit more to master this technique but it is well worth it. The initial shimmy where you turn against the direction of the corner feels totally counter-intuitive and, if you’re trying it on a mountain road with a precipice ahead for your first time, it’ll scare the hell out of you. Again it’s a perfect manoeuvre to practise in a wide-open space such as a disused airfield, industrial estate or race track.

Taken from the book How to Drive a Tank, more stunt driving techniques can be found here.

If you’re interested in receiving a free Kindle/ebook edition (for a limited time only), just drop me a line either in the comments below or via the contact page.

Learn these skills for yourself at http://www.stuntdriveuk.com

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Drive School – Doughnut into a Powerslide (Whip and Terminate)

Power slide in a circle

INSTRUCTIONS
You will be going in a wider circle and this requires more skill than the simple doughnut. To begin have your car rolling in second gear then turn into the direction of steer and hammer the throttle.

Now comes the tricky bit: you have to balance the power with the steering and constantly adjust. Too much power and you’ll spin out, too little and the car will straighten up and you’ll lose the power and the slide.

Please note: The space used in this video was quite small for demonstrating this and we lost the external shots as well due to low light. I’ll refilm on a bigger track sometime soon and throw in some high-speed powerslides round a corner too.

Taken from the book How to Drive a Tank, more stunt driving techniques can be found here.

If you’re interested in receiving a free Kindle/ebook edition (for a limited time only), just drop me a line either in the comments below or via the contact page.

Learn these skills for yourself at http://www.stuntdriveuk.com

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Drive School – Handbrake turn into a parking space (the 90)

Don’t aim for pedestrians!

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Approach from about 50 metres out and keep the parking spot on your right. In first gear bring the car up to around 3500 revs. When you reach the empty spot between the two cars put your left hand on the steering wheel at nine o’clock and spin it round to six o’clock.

2. As soon as you begin to turn the wheel pull on the handbrake. Then correct any oversteer with the steering wheel.

3. You can also approach from the other direction. Just reverse your hands on the wheel, start at three o’clock and turn anti-clockwise. That’s it. Simple and effective.

However it is easy to overcook it so you may want to practise a little before trying this anywhere near real cars or pedestrians. To do this you’ll need four traffic cones. Lay them out just over a car length apart in your large empty area. Two on the outside edge representing the road side of the parked cars and two on the inside to mark out the area where pedestrians walk and manslaughter charges apply.

For hairpin bends we use the same principles. From whatever speed you’re doing drop down to second then first gear, turn into the corner, clutch down, apply the handbrake so that the rear wheels lock and the back end comes round. Once you’re pointing in the right direction it’s clutch up and back on the power.

Taken from the book How to Drive a Tank, more stunt driving techniques can be found here.

If you’re interested in receiving a free Kindle/ebook edition (for a limited time only), just drop me a line either in the comments below or via the contact page.

Learn these skills for yourself at http://www.stuntdriveuk.com

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Drive School – How to Do A J-Turn (Spin and Go)

Scare the crap out of back seat drivers!

Manual transmission
Step 1. Find your straight line through the rear window. Fix your eyes on a spot in the distance, this should keep you on course.

Step 2. Pop it into reverse and floor the throttle.

Step 3. At around 25-30mph take your foot off the accelerator. This doesn’t need to be a pretty or smooth manoeuvre but it does need to be quick as the idea is to unbalance the rear suspension.

Step 4. With your hand on the steering wheel at seven to nine o’clock throw the steering wheel away to the right. This now unbalances the front end and the car will automatically fly straight round. If it’s a good J-turn the rear wheels will stay virtually still as the front wheels spin around to the front.

Step 5. Look forward, clutch down and into first gear. Drive away.

How hard is that? For automatics the final step is even easier as you don’t use the clutch.

Step 5. (Automatic) Look forward, change from reverse into drive and away you go.

Taken from the book How to Drive a Tank, more stunt driving techniques can be found here.

If you’re interested in receiving a free Kindle/ebook edition (for a limited time only), just drop me a line either in the comments below or via the contact page.

Learn these skills for yourself at http://www.stuntdriveuk.com

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