The Perils of wrangling the Rush Hour

johnboy 25 June 2009 38

The self styled auto-vigilantes of the RushHHour Underground are having another track day at Marulan on 18 July between 9am and 4pm.

They sent out the following message to their Track Day Group which I personally found enlightening when it comes to the perils of running this kind of event:

    Hey all,

    Track day is slowly creeping up and entrants are now open!

    ## Entry is $100
    ## Track License is $25 (unless you already have one!)

    If you want a guaranteed spot, you can pay me or Kyle W. directly, we cannot guarantee you will get a spot on the day – aint my problem if you turn up and its full.

    Food and drinks are available from the track cafeteria, including hot food, breakfast etc.
    *IF YOU ARE NOT ENTERED – DO NOT PARK IN THE PIT AREA* – no special treatment applies, keep em outa the pit area because its a pain in the ass when I have to find drivers to move their cars.

    This round will be our chance to show we can be organised and still tear it up at the same time!

    -Out of respect- please do not do burnouts on the road leading up to the track, or the intersection, neighbours of the track whinged alot last time – they even took photos of the tire marks! This is a big pain for the track staff who are fighting to keep the track open as it is so please keep it quiet and obey speed limits coming in

    -Track Rules will apply!-, if you go off the track more than 3 times in a round, you will be excluded in the next round – last time we got away with way more than we should have, track staff have asked me to help keep it tame – the way i look at it, act like its a high speed chase, if you lose it, chances are you’re f***ed! But 3 times per round is fair i think – stand-still Burnouts and heli’s are not allowed on the track – yet… sorry chaps

    There is a noise limit at the track of 90db, although last time we got away with having a few extremely loud cars, this includes spectators cars! It would need to be pretty insanely loud to hit 90db– track staff can quieten down cars if necessary.

    I will need some volunteers to be track marshall’s on the day – I might not be entering this round so I can focus on keeping things organised off the track… maybe…. – reply back if you are interested in being a track marshall – we need a few!.

    This is an exclusive RushhouR event! – human rights do not apply – If you refuse to follow a reasonable direction from a Marshall or official RH staff, you’ll be asked to leave, if you’re a smart ass about it, we’ll Sydney harbour your missus while you’re at work if you’re a chick (or don’t have a missus), we’ll spread rumours that you have syphalis – If you have a problem with any of the rules, don’t come! – its a good safe day out for the family so bring your kids along!

    There MAY be an AFP presence on the day – they expressed interest in attending (to support us) and if that is the case – it would be a good idea to follow the above, it would be good to show them we are genuine supporters for a proper Canberra based motorsport track.

    PS: The secret password is: *skids*

    ## Make sure guests of yours, spectators, potential entrants read this by passing it on

    Thanks, Gun-B


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ant ant 10:28 pm 25 Jun 09

Apoc said :

Ant: as long as the people who use the track respect the people who live by the track and vice versa, everyone is happy.

I used to live on the road to Canberra’s un-lamented dragway. The noise, sometimes all night, of the spectators arriving and leaving, or if they were camping out there, visiting various establishments and returning to the dragway, was utterly horrific.

People who like motorsport and burnouts and drag-offs etc often have noisy cars and bikes, and like doing the screeching wheels thing and often have patronised after-market exhaust shops too. Evidently.

No one, apparently, wants to live near such facilities and it’s not nimbyism, it’s founded on fact and experience.

bd84 bd84 9:18 pm 25 Jun 09

Sounds like a decent event and a good opportunity to test their cars in a semi-controlled and safe environment instead of on public roads in the middle of the night. Other car clubs I know of hold similar events at Wakefield Park in Goulburn, they’re fairly cheap if you get enough people to attend and better if you don’t have idiots who think they’re the next Michael Schumacher just because they have an expensive and loud car.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:51 pm 25 Jun 09

Apoc said :

Ant: as long as the people who use the track respect the people who live by the track and vice versa, everyone is happy.

But then they say “the neighbours whinged a lot”, not theta they had valid complaints. hardly respect. Motorsport isn’t my thing (unless you call an F-16 viper pulling a 9G turn at less than 500ft a motorsport) but these guys sound like idiots. I don’t care what they do to each other on a track but if they try it on a public road their cars can be cubed.

Apoc Apoc 7:03 pm 25 Jun 09

take gambling for instance, questionable moral practice – people judge, although a lot of people do it to varied degrees, what if it were outlawed? Lets not kid ourselves.. people would still do it… and if they open a casino where you could legally do it, people would still do it in their homes illegally – but to a lesser degree, tires and rear bumpers arent cheap!

Punter Punter 6:07 pm 25 Jun 09

I’ll tip my hat to the organisers of rush hour for this event. While it may be said those who hoon won’t confine it to a track, it leaves no arguement for not having anywhere to drive in such a manner.

Apoc Apoc 5:59 pm 25 Jun 09

Just a note to the critics; the message was personal and shouldnt all be taken literal, we dont plan on spit roasting anyones spouse… unless shes hot! the invite is for friends of RH – if any members of the public who turn up and refuse to follow directions (safety directions) will be asked to leave, refusal will be considered trespassing.

Track entrants are not open to the public sorry.

And the password just confirms you read the whole thing, so thanks! 🙂

Ant: as long as the people who use the track respect the people who live by the track and vice versa, everyone is happy.

frank2112 frank2112 5:36 pm 25 Jun 09

Love their idea of 90dB. Proves that they don’t have a clue.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:14 pm 25 Jun 09

who’d risk their life and be a marshall?!?!
Clearly, so you can be disobeyed and make homoeroticsexytime with someone’s girlfriend while they’re at work, since that person did agree to the terms and conditions on the invite.

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ant ant 5:07 pm 25 Jun 09

sepi said :

And it really makes the case the if you give people a race facility to muck around on, they will behave on the roads. Not.

Yeah, I do so love that chestnut. It’s a worry how often the proponents trot it out though.

As if people who like doing burnouts, helis (a progression of 360 drifts, I think) and skidding off the track will confine this to an official track.

And notice the bit about residents on the roads to the track who are unhappy about noise and hooning… gee that brings back memories. People who use tracks/dragways etc aren’t just noisy on the track, surprise surprise.

Cletus 2 Cletus 2 5:02 pm 25 Jun 09

justbands said :

I don’t mind….but some may take offense to the uneditied “f***ed” in that text jb.

Anybody “taking offense” when reading a swear word is going to have a real sad, sorry time on the internet. Interestingly, bleeping out a few letters but keeping the word entirely still readable seems to be considered by these people to render such a dangerous thing harmless.

I expect most of them are very fond of taking offense, and like people to make a big fuss of them when they do. Oh well, I guess it’s not much harm done to save a little bit of trouble.

sepi sepi 4:53 pm 25 Jun 09

And it really makes the case the if you give people a race facility to muck around on, they will behave on the roads. Not.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 4:44 pm 25 Jun 09

If people are going off the track all the time…who’d risk their life and be a marshall?!?!

ant ant 4:40 pm 25 Jun 09

Rather an amusing read, like a glimpse into another culture…

caf caf 3:57 pm 25 Jun 09

Urban Dictionary always knows terms like that.

The Brad The Brad 3:55 pm 25 Jun 09

Skidbladnir said :

Way to keep that password secret, guys.
(Change it to swordfish, nobody will ever guess that one)

Unless you go to speakeasys, or know about the Sanity clause. (everyone know’s there ain’t no sanity clause)

jessieduck jessieduck 3:47 pm 25 Jun 09

Skidbladnir said :

Way to keep that password secret, guys.
(Change it to swordfish, nobody will ever guess that one)

@Justbands:
Its like a spitroast.

ew.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:38 pm 25 Jun 09

Way to keep that password secret, guys.
(Change it to swordfish, nobody will ever guess that one)

@Justbands:
Its like a spitroast.

p1 p1 3:31 pm 25 Jun 09

stand-still Burnouts and heli’s are not allowed on the track – yet

and while explaining the Sydney harbour reference, what’s a “heli”?

justbands justbands 3:25 pm 25 Jun 09

“we’ll Sydney harbour your missus while you’re at work” – I’ve not heard this (sure to be charming) term before, can anyone explain?

justbands justbands 3:23 pm 25 Jun 09

I don’t mind….but some may take offense to the uneditied “f***ed” in that text jb.

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