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Canberra’s a car-tipping kind of town

By johnboy - 16 January 2013 34

ACT Policing is calling for witnesses after four motor vehicles were flipped on their roofs by a group of persons in Southside suburbs overnight.

Police were required to attend separate incidents in the suburbs of Calwell, Monash and Gilmore. The damaged vehicles included:

— A silver Nissan Pulsar at the Pitstop Carwash in Webber Crescent, Calwell

— A black Ford Ka in Andrew Crescent, Calwell

— A white Toyota Corolla in Priddle Crescent, Monash

— A white Daewoo Lanos in Alonson Crescent, Gilmore.

Police conducted thorough searches of a number of Southside areas throughout the evening and into the morning but were unable to locate any persons or vehicles of interest in relation to the four incidents.

“It’s obvious those responsible for these mindless acts of property damage have no idea how upsetting their actions are to the owners of the motor vehicles,” Acting South District Superintendent, Daryl Neit said.

Police urge anyone who may have witnessed any of these incidents or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the areas at the time of the incidents to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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34 Responses to
Canberra’s a car-tipping kind of town
Sammy 1:50 pm 16 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

How would they actually do this in the first place?

They must be students of physics

AAMC 1:45 pm 16 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

How would they actually do this in the first place? Most of those cars are smallish, but apart for the KA will still weigh more than a ton. (1.25 on new Corollas according to Toyota and I’d guess the early-mid 90s models that are still floating around would be higher).

It’s a simple dead lift (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadlift) movement, 5 or 6 people can flip a car; they aren’t actually lifting the whole car. I would guess that the amount of lift required to flip a car is probably less than 50% of the total car weight. i.e. 1000kg car requires 500kg of lift divided by 5 people =100kg dead lift each………well within the ability of you average 17-55 year old male. but each car is likely covered with finger, palm, forearm, face(cheek) prints all which can be used to identify these people…….

devils_advocate 1:44 pm 16 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

How would they actually do this in the first place? Most of those cars are smallish, but apart for the KA will still weigh more than a ton. (1.25 on new Corollas according to Toyota and I’d guess the early-mid 90s models that are still floating around would be higher).

Well they’re not actually lifting the entire weight of the car, they’re just slipping it on its shortest axis. One of Schwarzenegger’s famous party tricks at the peak of his career was deadlifting the back end of a buik (much heavier car on its longest axis). It would probably also be possible to “cheat” by generating some momentum using the suspension (i.e. rocking it back and forth and just tip it over at the end).

So they could be looking for one massive dude or 4 or 5 moderately strong adult males.

pink little birdie 1:38 pm 16 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

How would they actually do this in the first place? Most of those cars are smallish, but apart for the KA will still weigh more than a ton. (1.25 on new Corollas according to Toyota and I’d guess the early-mid 90s models that are still floating around would be higher).

I used to drive a ford laser and my jerk friends at the time decided that it was fun to pick the car up and rotate it 90 degrees. It was paraell parked on a street at the time. It only took 6 of the guys in the early 20’s.
I guess if you got 5 or 6 people all lifting one side it wouldn’t be that hard.

buzz819 1:33 pm 16 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

How would they actually do this in the first place? Most of those cars are smallish, but apart for the KA will still weigh more than a ton. (1.25 on new Corollas according to Toyota and I’d guess the early-mid 90s models that are still floating around would be higher).

They’re not lifting the full ton, if there were 4 or 5 of them they would only be lifting 100 – 150kg each…. Definitely not hard.

Rollersk8r 1:29 pm 16 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

How would they actually do this in the first place? Most of those cars are smallish, but apart for the KA will still weigh more than a ton. (1.25 on new Corollas according to Toyota and I’d guess the early-mid 90s models that are still floating around would be higher).

Easier than you think would be my guess. Just takes a 6 or 8 people. I remember stories of the Marist rugby team moving teachers’ cars around the carpark, or into places they couldn’t drive out of.

NellyBean 1:07 pm 16 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

How would they actually do this in the first place? Most of those cars are smallish, but apart for the KA will still weigh more than a ton. (1.25 on new Corollas according to Toyota and I’d guess the early-mid 90s models that are still floating around would be higher).

5 people could do it with some effort, maybe even 4 if they were strong enough. They would only be lifting around half the weight as the opposite wheels would act as a fulcrum.

I remember reading about vandals in Amsterdam that were picking up smart cars and tossing them into canals.

thebrownstreak69 1:05 pm 16 Jan 13

Cars aren’t hard to tip if you have a few people.

When they tip a B-double I’ll be officially impressed.

Mike Bessenger 12:49 pm 16 Jan 13

What a bunch of bullys picking on the small cars.

f4te 12:47 pm 16 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

How would they actually do this in the first place?

Many hands make light work.

Roundhead89 12:40 pm 16 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

How would they actually do this in the first place? Most of those cars are smallish, but apart for the KA will still weigh more than a ton. (1.25 on new Corollas according to Toyota and I’d guess the early-mid 90s models that are still floating around would be higher).

It wouldn’t be that difficult with the right personnel. In 1993 I was collecting shopping trolleys at Coolo and there was a gang of local kids who hung around the centre who used to do that sort of thing. Two members of the gang were massive Pacific Islanders and they used to do the heavy lifting (quite literally).

Tetranitrate 12:22 pm 16 Jan 13

How would they actually do this in the first place? Most of those cars are smallish, but apart for the KA will still weigh more than a ton. (1.25 on new Corollas according to Toyota and I’d guess the early-mid 90s models that are still floating around would be higher).

poetix 11:47 am 16 Jan 13

It would be more ‘upsetting’ if the owners were in the vehicles at the time…

Chop71 11:46 am 16 Jan 13

p1 said :

I won’t be impressed until they can flip a cop car.

With pics

p1 11:42 am 16 Jan 13

I won’t be impressed until they can flip a cop car.

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