Australia’s oldest boyracer

Australia’s oldest boyracer

I was the unlucky receiver of a speeding fine on my way home from a sunny holiday recently. A fairly routine stop in a small town, the officer gave me the option of making a dick of myself by asking “Can you give me a good reason why you were travelling at that speed”. I chose not too, his hat was on, pad was out, and I could tell for him it was business time. The transaction was too easily completed. But I’m not the only one to have a holiday brush with the law.

Over in Melbourne, the local Police have recently foiled possibly the oldest boy racer in Australia. John Belfield the 78-year-old Australian man with the need for speed had his car impounded after being caught racing at 170 km/h on a winding road east of Melbourne on New Year’s Day. It turns out Grandpa John, is a member of a local Nissan-Datsun sports car club. The club was holding a social run for its members on January 1, and the senior citizen was in attendance with his Nissan Pulsar.

When provoked during the drive by a 36-year-old fellow club member in a Nissan Skyline, Belfield couldn’t restrain himself and decided to ‘have a go’. While it isn’t clear who had the lead when the police intervened, the local fuzz did collar both drivers and promptly impounded their cars based on Victoria’s new “hoon laws” (a series of laws that covers certain types of speeding, burnouts, and street racing). According to police records the senior citizen is infact the oldest person to have his car impounded under the law. When Belfield was given the option of making a dick of himself he did, stating that he was a skilled driver who races cars. I’m just glad I didn’t think of that.

I was the unlucky receiver of a speeding fine on my way home from a sunny holiday recently. A fairly routine stop in a small town, the officer gave me the option of making a dick of myself by asking “Can you give me a good reason why you were travelling at that speed”. I chose not too, his hat was on, pad was out, and I could tell for him it was business time. The transaction was too easily completed. But I’m not the only one to have a holiday brush with the law.

Over in Melbourne, the local Police have recently foiled possibly the oldest boy racer in Australia. John Belfield the 78-year-old Australian man with the need for speed had his car impounded after being caught racing at 170 km/h on a winding road east of Melbourne on New Year’s Day. It turns out Grandpa John, is a member of a local Nissan-Datsun sports car club. The club was holding a social run for its members on January 1, and the senior citizen was in attendance with his Nissan Pulsar.

When provoked during the drive by a 36-year-old fellow club member in a Nissan Skyline, Belfield couldn’t restrain himself and decided to ‘have a go’. While it isn’t clear who had the lead when the police intervened, the local fuzz did collar both drivers and promptly impounded their cars based on Victoria’s new “hoon laws” (a series of laws that covers certain types of speeding, burnouts, and street racing). According to police records the senior citizen is infact the oldest person to have his car impounded under the law. When Belfield was given the option of making a dick of himself he did, stating that he was a skilled driver who races cars. I’m just glad I didn’t think of that.

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