Wannabe Baruth Arrested in Australia

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

Up until yesterday, there were only two Ferrari Californias on Australia’s streets. The number is now down to one. Police have impounded the rare Ferrari California being driven by Financial Review motoring writer Rod Easdown. Baruthian car and driver were clocked by Australia’s finest at 231kmh, more than twice the legal limit.

According to the report, the perp with the press pass was “spotted by police on “Julimar Rd, near Toodyay.” The press car, worth nearly half a million Aussies, was brought into Australia by Ateco Automotive for test drives with media outlets this week. Easdown’s colleagues must wait for their turn on the entry level 4.3-liter V8 powered hideaway hardtop two-seater. The 460 hp brutto, ma simpatico has been impounded under Australia’s “hoon” legislation for seven days, Perth Now reports.

If Wikipedia has it right, at the turn of the 20th century in Australia, the term “hoon” meant “one who lived off immoral earnings (i.e., the proceeds of prostitution—a pimp or procurer of prostitutes.)”

Today, we are told, hoon is “a derogatory term used in Australia and New Zealand to refer to a person who engages in loutish, anti-social behavior. In particular, it is used to refer to one who drives in a manner which is anti-social by the standards of contemporary society, that is, fast, noisily or dangerously. Hoon activities can include speeding, street racing, burnouts, doughnuts or screeching tires. Those commonly identified as being involved in “honing” or street racing are young, predominantly male although increasingly female drivers in the age range of 17 and 35 years.“

The 57-year-old scribe doesn’t fit the profile but was charged with reckless driving nonetheless.

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href="http://www.tomokoandbertel.com"> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href="http://www.offshoresuperseries.com"> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • PeteMoran PeteMoran on Jul 15, 2009

    @ BMWnut WTF? You're joking right?? Here's how I would do it; 1. Have the road closed for the test. 2. Inspect the road surface for the test. 3. Examine the owner's manual for high speed driving checks (Ferrari's used to come with such manuals/pages). 4. Triple check the tires before the run. 5. Have medical attention handy. In short CONTROLLED conditions. If any of those things annoy you or you can't live with them, take it to the track!!! Such people are ruining the roads for the rest of us who just want to go about our business without cameras or other such heavy handed "enforcement".

  • Yankinwaoz Yankinwaoz on Jul 16, 2009

    I've driven out there a few times, and ridden my mountain bike out there sometimes. It is very rural, with narrow roads in a hilly area. I don't recall if I have been on Julimar Road. Maybe.. but it is not the main road. Regarding roos. It depends on what time of day he was racing. They tend to sleep during the heat of the mid day. Early morning and late afternoon are the most dangerous time since they are moving around feeding. I suspect, given the vehicle and the road, he would have been fine. But rules are rules. He was busted and now he has to pay the price.

  • Vulpine A sedan version of either car makes it no longer that car. We've already seen this with the Mustang Mach-E and almost nobody acknowledges it as a Mustang.
  • Vulpine Not just Chevy, but GM has been shooting itself in the foot for the last three decades. They've already had to be rescued once in that period, and if they keep going as they are, they will need another rescue... assuming the US govt. will willing to lose more money on them.
  • W Conrad Sedans have been fine for me, but I were getting a new car, it would be an SUV. Not only because less sedans available, but I can't see around them in my sedan!
  • Slavuta More hatchbacks
  • ED I don't know what GM is thinking.I have a 2020 one nice vehicle.Got rid of Camaro and was going to buy one.Probably won't buy another GM product.Get rid of all the head honchos at GM.This company is a bunch of cheapskates building junk that no one wants.