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Images of Canberra – More Canberra Parking

By johnboy 21 November 2008 46

Stace8383 has sent in this classic example of parking in this fair city.

So who’s more to blame? The sedan or the SUV? And is it just coincidence that both cars involved are Mazdas?

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Hdopler 1:21 pm 25 Nov 08

The 4WD needs to be blocked in, the other Mazda should have reversed in 50mm from the side of the 4WD, this causing the owner of said monstrosity all sorts of grief when trying to get back into their car.

Tooks 9:12 am 22 Nov 08

trevar said :

With all the pedants pointing out that the Toorak Tractor is not an SUV, why has no one pointed out that the smaller (ever so slightly) of the two is not a sedan? It is obviously a hatch! Come on! What kind of pedants are you!?!?!?

I think it was mentioned already, but the Mazda 3 is a sedan.

Aeek 11:08 pm 21 Nov 08

Big 4WDs make a lot of sense if you tow a horsefloat.
a) you need something that’s rated for the tow weight
b) paddocks aren’t heavy off road, but you are towing a horse float.

bd84 10:21 pm 21 Nov 08

Hard to tell seeing you can’t see any line markings, but if there weren’t any line markings the 4WD driver should have used their half a brain and parked as close to the left gutter as possible. Having said that it may be possible that there was a small car parked there before the red 3.

Very Busy 10:08 pm 21 Nov 08

Re: Message #27 – All Mazda Tributes sold in Australia are 4WD!!!
Re: Message #33 – No, that Mazda 3 IS a sedan!!!

stace8383 8:47 pm 21 Nov 08

Woah… one amusing little pic, and suddenly the pro-4WDs and the anti-4WDs are in all out war… haha

Oh, and I just blacked out the plates for the sake of a little privacy. Now, these could be ANYBODY’s cars, and you can feel safe if you own one exactly the same, nobody will know this was you 🙂

monomania 8:12 pm 21 Nov 08

The only thing this has to do about parking is how hard it is to see around monster 4WDs parked next to you. My objection is that they are starting to poliferate our roads, supposedly more them safer for their passengers and drivers but more dangerous for the rest of us. Once their owner sticks on a battering ram (people call them bullbars, but I prefer to think of them as pedestrian, cyclist or smaller car assault weapons). I wonder how happy their owners would be if the rest of us all had these monsters. Won’t happen cause we can’t or we are more responsible

deezagood 6:39 pm 21 Nov 08

These posts are very good for my parking self-esteem.

seekay 6:34 pm 21 Nov 08

I though Canberrans just parked on the footpath.

GB 4:50 pm 21 Nov 08

trevar said :

! Come on! What kind of pedants are you!?!?!?

Glad to oblige. Perhaps you meant the bilingual “¡Come on!”; otherwise you are exclaiming silence, which only Zen masters are good at.

The second sentence is harder.

“What kind of pedants are you!?” would seem to indicate that you are shouting, but questioning the need to shout. But then the second “!?” would seem to indicate that you are shouting about the need to question, and perhaps slightly doubtful about shouting. I’m afraid that third “!?” pair leaves me wondering whether you are caught in a loud argument with yourself.

Never forget: 2 + 2 = 5 (for extremely large values of 2).

ant 3:49 pm 21 Nov 08

In my experience, most of the people muttering that 4WD owners don’t “need” them are often to be seen piloting a barge-like sedan or station wagon around, which is mostly empty.

radonezh 3:08 pm 21 Nov 08

trevar said :

! Come on! What kind of pedants are you!?!?!?

Tired pedants.. it’s a been a long week, and oh so much detail to comment on.

dr.evil 2:04 pm 21 Nov 08

Not sure about being that clever…the driver of the red/hatch/3 can’t get in or out of the driver’s side either.

trevar 1:58 pm 21 Nov 08

With all the pedants pointing out that the Toorak Tractor is not an SUV, why has no one pointed out that the smaller (ever so slightly) of the two is not a sedan? It is obviously a hatch! Come on! What kind of pedants are you!?!?!?

And my $0.02 says that it was the tractor driver’s fault, but that the driver of the 3 was very clever; it doesn’t look to me like Toorak will be able to get in the driver’s side…

Jim Jones 12:23 pm 21 Nov 08

LOL

radonezh 12:14 pm 21 Nov 08

Jim Jones said :

If you wanna drive around the city in what is essentially a light truck, you should be prepared for other people to think that you’re a tosser.

Your comments might have validity if you were talking about someone who uses their 4WD for nothing but city driving and has never taken it off-road. My point to you however, (though you have clearly missed it) is that this is not why I own such a vehicle. It’s primary purpose is for camping, fishing, and visiting friends who live on properties within the district that have no other access except for by 4WD. It’s a rare week that my “FascistMobile” isn’t being used in such a way. The thing is covered in dust, dents and scratches from a lifetime of extensive use for its primary purpose.

Your “pub” analogy speaks more to the quality of individual who would spend all his time sitting around at a pub with his mates commenting on every car that comes into the carpark rather than the people who own such cars.

In terms of flashy red convertibles, people who can afford flashy cars are unlikely to really give a stuff about what the pub-dwellers think about their vehicles. Thinking negative thoughts about them is unlikely to equalise the social status of the pub-dweller with the lawyer in the red convertible. The lawyer in his expensive car is more likely to care about what the weather will be like at Moreton Bay on the weekend when he flies up there to sail his expensive racing yacht.

fnaah 12:08 pm 21 Nov 08

Sorry mate, but that’s the way it is. If you sit at a pub and watch people’s reactions to passing cars, there’s as much muttering of ‘wanker’ at people in toorak tractors as there is when a red convertible with the numberplate ‘LAWYER’ goes past.

See, there’s the thing. If I’m at the pub, I’m there to have a few drinks and socialise with my mates, not sit in judgement of the people driving by based on what sort of car they’re in.

(Although, to be fair, I might mutter “wanker” as someone in a pink pop-collar polo walks by.)

farq 12:03 pm 21 Nov 08

What if you need a light truck? Big powerful 4wd has it uses and places.

But who really needs a car that only resembles a light truck? Open centre diff is next to useless on icy roads. Your better off just locking it into fwd mode, so what is the point?

Get one of these soft-roaders and park it with the passenger side wheels in some mud, leave the drivers side on the road and see how well they unstick themselves.

No better than any other car with limited slip diff (which 99% of FWD cars have standard nowadays).

Jim Jones 11:50 am 21 Nov 08

radonezh said :

Jim Jones said :

Suck it up dude. If you drive a 4WD without a legitimate reason (i.e. living in the ACTUAL country – not being able to cross the median strip in a 2WD is utterly laughable) people are necessarily going to look at you and immediately say “What a wanker”.

Oh dear… I’m so worried about what other people think about me, particularly idiots who generalize.

Sorry mate, but that’s the way it is. If you sit at a pub and watch people’s reactions to passing cars, there’s as much muttering of ‘wanker’ at people in toorak tractors as there is when a red convertible with the numberplate ‘LAWYER’ goes past.

If you wanna drive around the city in what is essentially a light truck, you should be prepared for other people to think that you’re a tosser.

radonezh 11:49 am 21 Nov 08

By the way, the Mazda Tribute shown in the photo is NOT a 4WD.

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