I could have, if I was the sensible sort, got a riser but it would mean missing out on the hacking fun.
1X to 16X:
PCI Express PCI-E 1X to 16X Slot Riser Card Flat Flexible Extension Cable
8X to 16x:
SODIAL(R) PCI Express PCI-E 8X to 16X Slot Riser Card Flex Flexible Extension Cable