From: Clocky on
D Walford wrote:
> On 30/03/2010 10:54 PM, Noddy wrote:
>> "D Walford"<dwalford(a)> wrote in message
>> news:4bb1e0f7$0$27792$c3e8da3(a)
>>> Yep but once he found out who he was all hell broke loose
>> Go watch the video's :)
> What videos?
>> The cops pulled him over, informed him that his car was going to be
>> impounded under the hoon laws like anyone elses, and towed it away.
>> That's *precisely* what they would have done (and *have* done) for
>> anyone else in similar circumstances regardless of their celebrity
>> status.
> Not correct, my son was stopped for getting his car sideways around a
> roundabout, he was let off with a warning.

He should have been booked.

>> The only hell braking loose was the media having a field day with an
>> F1 driver acting irresponsibly which, in my opinion, he thoroughly
>> deserved.
>>> Not at all but even the worst F1 driver in history actually has a
>>> clue about how to control a car, "louts" doing burnouts usually
>>> don't.
>> I'd argue that if he *really* had a clue then he wouldn't have been
>> doing what he did within close proximity of other vehicles and
>> pedestrians.
> What makes you think there was anyone near where it happened?
> That road is normally very quiet after hours with sfa traffic and even
> less pedestrians.

Which is completely irrelevant.

From: Clocky on
D Walford wrote:
> On 30/03/2010 9:34 PM, Neil Gerace wrote:
>> Doug Jewell wrote:
>>> But isn't the point of webber's comments that we are in a nanny
>>> state, with lots of stupid laws governing everyhting you can and
>>> can't do.
>> Yes, they are stupid laws. But stupid laws should apply to famous
>> people the same as the rest of us.
> Correct but in this case it seems they were applied more harshly
> simply because he was famous.

Nonsense, they had no idea who he was unil after he was pulled over and got

The media made a big deal out of it but the cops were just doing their job.

From: Clocky on
Athol wrote:
> The Raven <swilson150(a)> wrote:
>> I appreciate Ken Lays position that F1 drivers should set an example
>> but for FFS, one burnout by a F1 driver hardly constitutes "hooning".
> When they do it in an F1 car, on the race track, the video footage is
> used in TV ads. When the same driver does far less in a road vehicle,
> the car is impounded. Something just doesn't add up.

You have trouble telling the difference between a race car on a race track
and a hoon on a public road?

From: Clocky on
Neil Gerace wrote:
> D Walford wrote:
>> Of course he could have prevented it if he had wanted to but he
>> probably wasn't familiar with Vic law which makes wheel spin a
>> hanging offence, it still doesn't make him a bad driver.
> Not having the presence of mind to stop himself from doing what he
> did - that's what makes him a bad driver.


From: Clocky on
D Walford wrote:
> On 30/03/2010 10:37 PM, Noddy wrote:
>> "D Walford"<dwalford(a)> wrote in message
>> news:4bb1dcaa$0$27814$c3e8da3(a)
>>> I've never made that argument, my problem is with the law itself, I
>>> have no problem with it being applied equally.
>> No offence, but until Hamilton (what that who it was?) was pinched I
>> can't recall you being very anti about it.
> Webbers nanny state comments is what got me started, its not just
> driving where we are subjected to nanny laws, its creeping into
> everything we do.
> Internet censorship is another prime example of a Govt gone mad.
>>> I very much doubt it, most "hoon" case that are reported in the
>>> news are for exceeding the speed limit by a big margin, you can't
>>> seriously compare a bit of wheel spin when driving away from a set
>>> of lights to doing 120 in a 60 zone.
>> Every kid who has been busted for a "burnout" is in exactly the same
>> boat. As far as the law is concerned, you're either doing a burnout
>> or you're not, and you don't get browny points for the amount of
>> smoke you make.
> Doing a burnout is not the same as a bit of wheel spin taking off
> from a set of lights.
>>> Only if he knew that he could get pinged for doing what he did and
>>> seeing as how this is probably the only place on the planet where
>>> it could happen its seems unlikely.
>>> If his team comes out and says he was warned about our stupid rules
>>> then he is an idiot.
>> He's an idiot for doing it on a public road full stop. Warned or
>> not. If he can't tell where the track ends and the street begins
>> then maybe he should give some consideration to a different career.
> That is true to a point but believe it or there are places on this
> planet where spinning your cars wheels aren't considered to be such a
> big deal.

I can't think of any country that wouldn't have problems with people
spinning their wheels and doing a snakeyup the road (aka a burnout FYI)
alongside pedestrians.

The fact that you defend this sort of behaviour as well as bad behaviour by
truckies is a bit of a worry, to be honest.