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Illegal street racers just one step away from tragedy

By its_me13 2 June 2009 27

As seen yesterday in the Canberra Times, the Car group known has “RushHour” has once again made it into the papers. This time on the front page.

    Internet videos purportedly from a Canberra street racing group show drivers taking part in illegal street racing, burnouts and go-karting at high speeds on suburban roads.

    Police have condemned the footage, saying the racers are flirting with tragedy. While organisers of RusHHouR admit they are involved in illegal behaviour, but say street racing among the group is banned.

[ED – I thought it was rather old footage to be trying to hang a moral panic on]

Its nice to see that once again RushHour has been named as Street Racers, Once again this is not right. As previously Stressed once apon a time street racing was one thing that did happen but this was atleast 5 years ago and RushHour has tried its hardest to get a better name in canberra. Fighting and street racing is not apart of rush hour and the organisers go out of their way to provide the safest spot for the car group to meet out of the way of the community.

Rush hour respects all the work that the police do and never try to weasel there way out of what goes on.

Can not stress more that NO STREET RACING AT ALL HAPPENS AT THE RUSH HOUR MEETINGS….

Maybe if they change the name to SlowHour people will stop thinking that we are a bunch of hoons that have nothing better to do with their time and start taking note of the things that Rushhour does like their charity cruises and legal track days to help better the community. But i dont think their is any chance of that happening.

Guess we just have to keep putting up with headlines like this instead of seeing ones like “Rushhour races $7000 for new born intensive care unit”.

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peterh 10:58 pm 02 Jun 09

old canberran said :

Danman – “Im not old, but not young, but I do not remember a KFC in Braddon, I remember Pizza Hut and when The Dog House was up the end of Braddon, but not KFC.”

Dan, I seem to remember a KFC attached to what used to be the Ampol garage in Lonsdale Street and which became a mini-market.

kfc was where fairstar and the video store are now. the car park was next to the bp, and you could drive straight through. it was a joke that people who were seen round the back on a regular basis were dropping off rabbits – it turned out they were picking up leftovers for a refuge – who knew? pizza hut was next to the ampol, and I worked at computech across the road…

bd84 10:42 pm 02 Jun 09

peterh said :

one of my colleagues did the balmoral burn in sydney on the weekend. he raised $3,000 on his own. makes rushhour’s $7k look a bit small, don’t it?

You could get about $7k from selling a car that you stole from Victoria?…

It’s the old story of people’s view of “everything we do while driving is perfectly safe and legal because we’re expert drivers and we can do it” It’s pretty much the attitude of drivers who undertake burnouts and street racing and simlarly with motorcyclists who weave in and out of traffic, ride between traffic and down bike/emergency lanes. No wonder you see so many dead motorcyclists and dead passengers of hoons who smash into trees on a mostly straight 60kph roads. No sympathy for these idiots, only for the innocent they will eventually kill.

Felix the Cat 10:22 pm 02 Jun 09

I remember the KFC and Pizza Hut and also the Dog House. And that double-decker food bus parked in the carpark where Maccas is now. Braddon only became popular as performance car fan hangout after Summernats first started didn’t it?

old canberran 9:14 pm 02 Jun 09

Danman – “Im not old, but not young, but I do not remember a KFC in Braddon, I remember Pizza Hut and when The Dog House was up the end of Braddon, but not KFC.”

Dan, I seem to remember a KFC attached to what used to be the Ampol garage in Lonsdale Street and which became a mini-market.

nota 8:17 pm 02 Jun 09

Danman said :

Where are all the dignified hooligans

I can see it now, a collective of distinguished gentlemen, with stiffly waxed handlebar moustaches, tweed jacket and pants, monocle, pipe, newspaper under their arm, and leaning on their model A ford – challenging someone to beat their best quarter mile time of 43.29* seconds

You forgot to mention the hat…

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z125/nota_photo/PaekakarikiHillmodela.jpg

:^p

Danman 8:00 pm 02 Jun 09

Driving gloves were a nice touch

cranky 7:50 pm 02 Jun 09

Danman @ #8.

Gentleman racers do exist!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFSGSL3Nrmc

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