Bad rap for 4wdrivers

Submitted: Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:41
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This might wind a few people up.It did me.I read it in a motel magazine while away for work.I pinched it to copy it here.Sorry its so long winded.

"A profile of city owners of large four wheel drive vehicles shows them to be more aggressive and less community orientated than other drivers,according to a new survey by the Australia Institute.
The typical city driver of a large 4wd is an obese male in his 40's or 50's in full time work with an income somewhat higher than average who is more likely to dislike homosexuals, have low regards for indidgenous culture and be less sympathetic to public and charitable support for disadvantaged people, accpording the to the report , which analysed data from more than 24000 respondants.

The profile of drivers of luxury 4wd differs markedly- they are younger,wealthier and more likely to be female. While less likely to be obese they are more likely to worry about their weight, and they are more brand orientate than the general population. And the differences extend to what they like to drink-city owners of large 4wds prefer beer(Australian not imported)while those driving luxury models prefer wine and spirits.

Regards J.T.(a skinny,caring,charitable,non racist,non homophobic,36y.o. Aussie who drinks whatever is going and who is intolerant of bull bleep articles in magazines.)B.t.w.I drive a troopy and a Patrol.Cheers.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:44

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:44
"which analysed data from more than 24000 respondants"

Don't remember anyone asking me, or my friends, or anyone here on this forum.

They are trying to crack the armour, big deal.

Wolfie
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:45

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:45
Well, I just have to object to that ridiculous article.......I'm not obese at all:-)))
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Reply By: Pneumatic - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:50

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:50
You shoud write the editor and find out how many of the people who conducted the survey drive 4wd and FIT THE PROFILE!!!!!
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Follow Up By: dags666 - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 07:29

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 07:29
yep thats me ,thats why i own two landcruisers dags
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:57

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:57
I have visions, of these dudes in major shopping centre carparks, with their orange vests, and clipboards, asking people who alight from their 4 x 4's...

"Sir, are you fat?"
"Do you get lotsa money?"
"Do you hate Aboriginals?"
"Do you hate Pooftas?"

I am wondering, what the life span of this piece of shlt would be, say on a Saturday morning, at Westfield here at Marion, asking his questions....
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Reply By: Hairy - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 00:14

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 00:14
Who cares!!!!!!
If being called a hard working, fun loving, adventerous, beer swilling Australian who can afford to go out and enjoy themselves is the best insult some simple minded peanut can come up with, I pitty them!!!!!
Thats me and Im proud of it!!!
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Follow Up By: Boc1971 - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 01:52

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 01:52
~BURP~ BUgger the poofs - and all non driving 4bies ..... BURP~

when was the last time i seen my toes? :)

Boc
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 01:17

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 01:17
This was posted a while back - the respondants included people as young as 14. Basically political drivel by a self-proclaimed "think-tank" with no official status despite calling themselves the "Australia Institute" or some other made up self-righteous attempt at sounding meaningful.
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 01:19

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 01:19
Meant to say, basically ignore it. I pay more attention to what's written on my Fantales wrappers.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 03:07

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 03:07
. May David and BOC 1971 forgive me,
For we drive the middle road.
Main car ,Mazda 323. 73000 km in 39 months.
"Recreational" car (which is where She attempts to regain her sanity -as in "I'm all right",, Pal.!) Rodeo, 116000 km, in 44 months.
We live outside Bundaberg, there is no public transport.

My Bro-in-law is , well not super rich, but not dead broke either.
He drives a Pajero that has been to the snow once in it's 6 year life.
( City lad ).

Ban 4wd's ? Tax 4wd owners ? In Melbourne 2 years back, we saw the most equisite display of flashmurry 4wd's -- all immaculate.

Apparently Vic is "the place to be".(Folks .. stay there , please)
Oh, for all the Vicwiegans that someone else may have noticed in Qld, we must admit to seeing plague proportions of Sunlovers in Tassie last time round.
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Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 08:51

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 08:51
V8 Commodore, Troopy and a Corolla all in my garage.....the making of an identity crisis...I must have may sides...help what am I.. god not a female side as well??
On second thoughts who gives a continental; I'm doing my own thing irrespective of what these envious little quasi sociologists may think.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 08:57

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 08:57
Ahhh..... J.T.

As well as being fat, hating people, etc., you forgot something else....

We nick magazines!!!

"I read it in a motel magazine while away for work.I pinched it to copy it here...."
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Reply By: Snowy 3.0iTD - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 11:34

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 11:34
Not even going to justify that crap with any sort of response.
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Reply By: robak (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 13:06

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 13:06
These "independant" surveys are done by organisation that are PAID to do them. Naturally you do what your boss likes if you want to keep your job.

australia institute
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Reply By: Graeme - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 13:14

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 13:14
In my garage is a VW VR6 and a Nissan Patrol 3.0tdi. I am over 50 and of average means and the only thing I do not tolerate is ignorance and political corectness.
When I am home between contracts we do knock up a lot of miles and try and be courteous to other drivers and try and ignore the idiots. I do not recall being surveyed for my attitudes. It is a load of bollocks to fit the opinions of the anti 4wd brigade like Scruby. Bah!! Humbug!!
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 14:23

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 14:23
This was posted about 18 mths ago when the article first came out.

All bites were taken back then
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Reply By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 14:20

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 14:20
It was certainly a weird survey and one wonders about the accuracy of the quotes.

But why, if this is not what we are, and not the image we seek, do some 4WD magazine journos so consistently present themselves and their mates as yobbos almost exactly like that? Funny once maybe - but for years on end?

Do any readers actually relate to this stuff?

My daughter's comment recently, having spotted a published pix of one such holding a tinny and seemingly inspecting his testicles was, 'surely there are not many like that.'
Collyn Rivers
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Reply By: ev700 - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 15:50

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 15:50
Search for post 26796

Also look at: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=64616

Channel 9 and The Australia Institute - wow, what a combination! : ))
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 18:55

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 18:55
Claptrap ,, a true profile of the Aussie male is better represented in the book by Geoffrey McGeachin titled ,Fat ,Fifty & F***ed , laugh a page and imposible to put down.
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