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Help get ‘hoons’ off the road

By skaboy12 - 17 September 2008 77

[First filed: September 16, 2008 @ 09:16]

Hey All,

We are starting a lobby group called Ten Thousand Fists. It has been born out of all the complaining about ‘hoon’ activity recently. We will be pushing the government and AFP/ACT Policing to assist us in finding somewhere for the ‘hoons’ to go, therefore getting them off the streets and still allowing them to do what they want to do. We are trying to fight for both sides of the argument.

They want to be ‘hoons’ and you want them off the road.

Trying to stamp them out in force obviously isn’t working too well, judging by the fact that there are more of them at every meet they have, despite the police crackdown.

We are not asking for a dragway to be built. That is a war that won’t be won in the short term. What we are asking for is initially access to the AFP driver training centre on Sutton Rd. This facility is built to handle this sort of activity and it is easily accessible. It is also safe for those participating and spectating.

We will then be pushing for a specific burnout pad. These facilities are low cost to maintain, easy to build and will only be used once or twice a fortnight which will help on noise. We have already raised $15,000 (in a week) to go towards building the facility and will be conducting fundraising events in the near future.

As we are trying to make this fair for all of Canberra we would love it if you could support us. We have created a Facebook Group (search for Ten Thousand Fists), and would like to invite everyone to join it. We will be holding public meetings and inviting the AFP Commissioner and several politicians. We will also be allowing all sides of the story to be heard.

We can be contacted at 10thousandfist (at) gmail.com or at http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24687954445&ref=mf

Should we give hoons easier access to the Sutton Road skidpans?

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Help get ‘hoons’ off the road
V twin venom 12:26 pm 16 Sep 08

Good luck with this one skaboy, I like your initiative but unfortunately I don’t like your chances I reckon the noise generated will be a bigger problem than the insurance. Too many soft sausage nimby types live on the fringe of Qbn (Ridgeway and the likes). Well done trying to address this problem.

tylersmayhem 12:16 pm 16 Sep 08

I really support this movement in theory – but I hold little stock that:

1. Hoons could be bothered driving to a central location to be idiots…it’s so much more fun doing it around neighborhoods where there are small children (trying to sleep and playing) and other property to be at risk. These dipshits have little respect for anyone other then themselves or their hotted up Hyundi Excel’s.

2. I can’t imagine how the insurance would work for this centralised “hoon area”. I can imagine a hoon blowing up their car or getting in a accident, then turn around and blame/sue the organisers. It happens – sad, but true!

Avy 12:12 pm 16 Sep 08

Gee, how long did you spend on that logo? Seems it came from a 1977 book called Rock Against Racism:

http://www.tomrobinson.com/trb/stencil.htm

which itself was lifted from the Gay Liberation Front of the early 1970s:

http://www.lib.neu.edu/archives/voices/gl-intro.htm

skaboy12 12:10 pm 16 Sep 08

Swaggie said :

Seems that Burnouts at Summernats go quite well on the Epic strip – why not hire the strip yourselves once a month? Is it feasible?

It is not an option at this stage. The burnout pad at EPIC is an option we looked at, but the red tape involved means it can only be used during Summernats.

mdme workalot 11:09 am 16 Sep 08

Swaggie – good idea, but not sure if that is viable because I seem to recall last year one of the minority lobby groups causing a big fuss about the use of the burnout strip at EPIC and the comp was very nearly cancelled. I think it was safety and environmental reasons all rolled into a ‘We hate the Summernats and want to get rid of it forever’ approach.

Lowey 10:58 am 16 Sep 08

Governments tend to bow to pressure from well organised lobby groups ;^)

Swaggie 10:44 am 16 Sep 08

Seems that Burnouts at Summernats go quite well on the Epic strip – why not hire the strip yourselves once a month? Is it feasible?

jakez 10:20 am 16 Sep 08

I’ve joined the Facebook Group and I’d just like to say good on you for getting out there and raising the money yourself instead of asking the Government to pay for it all.

Brings a tear to my eye.

Holden Caulfield 10:17 am 16 Sep 08

Best of luck skaboy12. I hope you have some success, your ideas, so far, sound quite achievable and perfectly reasonable. Getting it all to work will be another thing altogether…

Just be prepared for a bunch of mindless morons telling you what a bunch of mindless morons you are, haha.

mdme workalot 10:12 am 16 Sep 08

Good on you Skaboy, glad to see someone doing something about the situation instead of just whinging. Happy to help in any way I can.

ant 10:08 am 16 Sep 08

Yes, whoever thought up the name blew all the feet off this group!

However, getting access to the police Sutton Road thing is worth investigating. If that’s the one with the loop road with the low-level crossing (upon which you can get airborne if going fast enough ahem).

There’s a skid pan at the place around the corner that fronts Pialligo Ave, too. They used to put stuff on it (not sure if it was oil or detergeant but it was slippery) and had these beat-up old cars that looked like they came from Teh Blues Brothers.

Thumper 10:02 am 16 Sep 08

You’ve got to give credit where credit is due.

Good effort. I hope it all comes together for you.

p1 10:00 am 16 Sep 08

Shame you are not in Queensland a decade ago. $15k would have got the police to look the other way while you did the burnouts in the middle of town…

p1 9:58 am 16 Sep 08

I like the logo.

jakez 9:51 am 16 Sep 08

I dunno man. I love fists and startin’ a revolution, power to the people, and all of that crazy jazz. However, I don’t think it’s the right angle for such a thing.

On the face of it, I think the ideas have potential though.

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