Any Brisbanites see that article by Jim Sooley?

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 13:33
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What did you think of Jim Soorley's comments re 4WDs in the Sunday Mail last weekend? Jim needs a new tape measure!
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Reply By: Member - Ross - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:29

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:29
What a crock of bleep . I always thought he was a wanker and he proved it last Sunday.

Herself was so incensed she sent him an email suggesting he was a tad careless with the truth and only sensationalising.

Spinless bastard hasn't responded yet. Perhaps he was just stirring .. look for next Sunday to see if he makes further comment.Rosco
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Reply By: Leroy - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 15:04

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 15:04
Link to article

What a tosser...

Leroy
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Reply By: wazza - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 15:46

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 15:46
From their respective web sites:

100 series Cruiser is 4890mm long
Ford Falcon BA Sedan is 4916mm
Nissan GU Patrol is 5010mm

and the winner of longest car (closest to 20 foot)

Ford Falcon BA Wagon is 5053mm
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Follow Up By: Pete G - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 17:34

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 17:34
Wazza,
Try some of the so called small cars as well. I think a Laser is about 4.3m.
Also add in widths (minus mirrors) and for that matter weights as well.

All said and done the myth of the smaller car remains just that.

BTW I suppose Mr S commutes in a Statesman/Fairlane.

Its always the small dog who yaps the most.

Regards

Pete G
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Follow Up By: bob_h (Brisbane) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:39

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:39
"with another 3ft of bullbar "
how about the huge yellow bicycle carriers on the FRONT of Council buses???
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 22:32

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 22:32
Holder Crewman 5305mm

Crewman SS 5310mm

plus 3 foot for a bullbar

HAHAHAHAHAHAHLaterally Literal
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 16:34

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 16:34
Geez no one told me i could get a tax concession on the Patrol, i'll have to look into this.Regards Bob
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:33

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:33
Let me know what you fnd outLaterally Literal
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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:41

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:41
Don't hold your breath Bonz :)Regards Bob
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Reply By: ThePublican - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 16:39

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 16:39
Soorley was a pain in the proverbial as a priest,,a pain in the ratepayers hip pocket as the mayor and is still a major pain to any who are forced to have any dealings with him,, the only thing he actually knows about 4x4 vehicles is that the council has lots of them due to the goat tracks that pass for Brisbane streets.
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Reply By: Deano - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 17:22

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 17:22
"Next time you see one of these beasts that has never seen a farm or bush track for which it was intended, just remember you helped pay for it because the owner got a sales tax concession on the grounds of it being a farm vehicle."

Jimmy Sourley (no that is not a typo)...you ever done a decent days work?
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 17:59

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 17:59
Sales tax concession. Gee, I f***ing wish! To the contrary, by the time we paid stamp duty and GST on the stamp duty inclusive price we'd topped up the government coffers very nicely indeed! And due to the generally higher price of 4WD's, I'd say we made a significantly higher contribution to the state's revenue than your average Falcon/Commodore driver just like we do everytime we pull up at the bowser. Not complaining...its our choice...just putting the record straight! Journalistic licences is one thing but blatant misinformation just to stir the pot serves Mr Soorley integrity no good at all!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: Member - Ross - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:06

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:06
Hey blokes

Cut and pasted the above and forwarded it to the little twerp himself ... wonder if we'll get any response???Rosco
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:09

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:09
P.S.

Melissa

Consider yourself an honary bloke ... :-}Rosco
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 11:03

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 11:03
Umm, gee thanks...I think! LOL.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: Member - Ross - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:12

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:12
Ooops

honorary...:-}Rosco
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:53

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 18:53
Soorleys views are very similiar to recent comments from one EX Prime Minister. This ####HOLE would like to take all 4wds off the road by taxing their owners.
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Reply By: Prado Boy - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:16

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:16
Once again Jim Soorley proves he's nothing more than a blithering idiot!
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Reply By: ThePublican - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:53

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:53
The other important fact is of course that our "jim " is paid very handsomley by the sun mail,,the sister publication of the courier mail who did a magic BEAT UP of 4x4 and bullbars during the week prior to "jims " sunday,,lovely statistics,,1 in 4 vehicles causing a fatal had a bullbar,,,magic how it should realy say that 75% of vehicles involved in fatal accident did not have a bullbar,,,,or that the alarming increase in 4x4 sales is taking its toll on "normal vehicles" because PERHAPS just PERHAPS a 4x4 is what the general populace wants......end of my pontificating.
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Reply By: Savvas - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:30

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:30
I agree with only one point in his write-up..."drivers are getting worse". There are some drivers out there that shouldn't be anywher near a 4WD. Having said that, those same drivers shouldn't be anywhere near any vehicle!

I feel that the general standard of driving, at least in Sydney, is dropping. In a 4WD, these low performance drivers are a lot more conspicuous and give all of us a bad name.

Two weekends ago, we were returning from a trip up to Yengo National Park and the Watagan State Forests. A driver in a BMW X5 pulled up next to me at a set of lights on the Pacific Hwy in Turramurra, and was ready to do his best to drag me off. It was wet, I gave him have way and he took off into the back of a petrol tanker that was stationary about 200m ahead.

It's dorks like these that give Soorley and his mates their ammo.
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Reply By: Member - Ross - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 22:32

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 22:32
I mentioned above that "herself" had sent an email to the lad in question. The following is his reply .... typo warts and all.

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Soorley
To: 'Valda Walpole'
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 8:33 PM
Subject: RE: Must be stirring the pot.

Valda

Thanks for your email. Of course I was stirring the pot. They are fine as you talk about yours Enjoy it that is what they we designed for. They were not designed for taking the kids to school and the shops as they are used in the Western suburbs. If every one in town was used of road regularly by well trained drivers I would have no complaints. I most certainly read your email

Regards Jim

Rosco
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Reply By: Murfa - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 20:42

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 20:42
I think we all saw his article here in Brisbane. Poor guy doesn't know what he is talking about. I myself own a 4wd, and just can't wait toget away and explore this great land of australia - Helping his tourism dollars, and going places only 4wd can go. Sure they are used in the city as suburban wagons, but have more then 3 kids, and the trusty 4wd provides more comfort, and flexabilty and safety then a van with the advantage of being able to take the family away on a resonably cheap holday, away from TV's, computers and into the fresh air.

P.S. Just by the way I do believe he needs to look at the poly's before bagging the responsible drivers, as about 6 months ago the environmental minister requested to have a Holden V8 SS as his car included in his budget - they were going to give it to him untill public uproar stoped it. That would have chewed a bit more fuel then most 4wd when in normal driving conditions.

I rest my case.

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Follow Up By: Savvas - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 13:54

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 13:54
He probably got a V8 Calais or Statesman instead of the SS. "More than one way to skin a cat" and the pollies know it all too well.
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