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2019 Darwin Awards

Old 27th Mar 2019, 18:48
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He was driving a Ford Focus.
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Old 27th Mar 2019, 20:40
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The Metro showed him with Porsche and his earlier BMW.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/27/stude...00mph-9034617/

True it did say F F but the Porsche implication is clear.

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Old 27th Mar 2019, 22:16
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Yeah, that was significantly older BMW 5-series. They can be surprisingly cheap to buy. Want to bet that the BMW came up needing some expensive repairs, when it was swapped for a newer Ford Focus that is much cheaper to run?

There might be a bit of race-baiting, or merely negative profiling, going on in that article. It invites us to think that "A rich, spoiled Asian and his friend were out playing the fool in a Porsche, with predictable results." A 22 year-old works in a takeaway that pays well enough to afford him a Porsche 911? What do they sell in that takeaway, anyhow? It's probably not bags of crisps!

How about this instead: "Two hard-working lads were driving home late at night, tired, in their little Ford Focus when tragedy struck." That would be from the Grauniad, I assume.

The full truth might lie between those two extremes.

What was the point of showing the fellow posing with a bright red 911, when the paper already had an image of him with his old BMW? I had to go back and read the article again to see that I had that wrong; the accident vehicle was not that Porsche but a Ford Focus. Young Asian + Porsche 911 in Guards Red = boy racer.

What sort of Focus was this, a three-cylinder tiddler in grey, or a romping stomping Focus RS in bright blue? Knowing that would help put this in perspective.
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 03:57
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
The Wail showed him with Porsche and his earlier BMW.
Must be true then.
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 09:30
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Originally Posted by chuks View Post
Young Asian + Porsche 911 in Guards Red = boy racer.
Well, if the police are to be believed:

PC Kevin Sweeney, a forensic road traffic collision investigator, said
"On a balance of probabilities, I would say the car was going between 80 and 100mph"
Which does point to the driver being a "boy racer"
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 09:37
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Second hand high performance cars are cheap because only an idiot buys a car that has been thrashed by a boy racer.

I suspect that the phone call was only a contributory factor when the main cause of the accident was simply his inability to drive a fast car safely. His Dad could share the blame for his death because he bought him a car like that, but probably won't. Stupidity is usually hereditary, in the House of Lords as well as sink estates.
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 11:00
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You can get a Ford Focus in every variation from something bog slow to a real little rocket, the Focus RS. It makes a hell of a difference what the back-story to the crash is, whether the driver was doing 80 in a Focus with about 90 horsepower, or 100 in a Focus RS with over 200.

In either case youth and inexperience come into it too, so that this fellow would not need to have been a boy racer to have had that sort of accident. Just talking on the phone while driving late at night tired could have been enough to stack the deck against him and his passenger. What the Wail did with that article was to pile onto someone who really did not deserve that, making him out to be a 22 year-old with a bright red Porsche 911, leading us to jump to some logical conclusions.

I was out one day with my daughter as a pillion on my BMW R1100S motorcycle on some of the local back roads. Later she asked me why I always drove at the speed limit in the car, when on the bike I would often do well over 160 km/h. on a road where only 100 is allowed. (I had forgotten that the seat has a step in it so that the passenger had a clear view of the speedometer.) Does that make me a boy racer, going that fast on a clear road in daylight with no traffic?
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 11:18
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I was out one day with my daughter as a pillion on my BMW R1100S motorcycle on some of the local back roads. Later she asked me why I always drove at the speed limit in the car, when on the bike I would often do well over 160 km/h. on a road where only 100 is allowed.
Not sure where to start with answering that one..and I'm a 40 year motorcyclist on everything from a Jawa 90 to a Ducati 999
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 11:31
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Not sure where to start with answering that one
Me too, but I'm b****y glad I'm not your daughter.........
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Afterthought; On reflection, the answer you seek is "YES". If you are too old to be a boy racer, I'm sure there's a good word to go after "middle-aged ..........".
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 12:18
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Ooh, flattery!

71 is "middle-aged"? Here I thought I am just plain old! If you need to be real mean, just call me a senile old fool, I guess. "Boy racer" won't fit for several reasons we do not need to get into here. (You know that thing you get into with advancing age, where anyone slower than you is a hopeless incompetent, but anyone faster than you is a danger to himself and others? This could quickly spiral right out of control.)

A Ducati 999! Are you mad?! That thing has 140 horsepower!

Sorry for you, but I could be doing 100 on my BMW R1100S and you could be doing 60 on your Ducati 999, when only one of us would be taken for a boy racer! (Is it bright red, by any chance, and does it have loud pipes? And is the Pope a Catholic?)

We have a street here in the village zoned for 30 km/h, about 20 mph. I was out one day with a local friend who was on his Ducati 900SS, following him as he was zipping along at about 80. (I was just keeping up since he knew where we were going and I did not. Otherwise I have no problem there with doing 30.)

This is one of those places where everybody knows everybody else, plus my friend has an Arai helmet in an Italian color scheme, white, red, and green, so hard to miss, same as his bright red Ducati. My Shoei is plain white, and my BMW is, well, a BMW. He is famous; I am not. One of the locals held up his hand as we passed, showing three fingers meaning "30 km/h!" I assume. My friend just gave a happy wave in return and carried on, his loud Termignonis playing a happy tune, bap-bap, bap-bap .... Yes, some mothers do have 'em.

We have a plethora of real boy racers here, often young guys with some sort of Middle Eastern family background who drive hopped-up Audis, Mercedes, and BMWs: loud exhaust; 20-inch rims; and a sound system that literally makes the car's windows bounce. I just stay out of their way and let nature take its course. Darwin Awards are handed out fairly regularly, usually for some daft stunt out there on the Autobahn. (If you think a crash at 100 makes a mess, you should see what one at 180 looks like! About three times as messy, that.)

There's no real need to pile onto a couple of dead Asians in the way that article in the Wail did, is there? The driver got it very badly wrong and got himself and his passenger Darwin Awards. We won't have to worry about them any more. And any boy racer who read about the sad event just thought to himself, "That won't happen to me!" There is the Grim Reaper just saying "Next, please."

I can't find an article in English, but two days ago there was a big crash on Hamburg's Kohlbrandbrücke (a major landmark bridge). The driver of an Audi A7 seems to have been racing another vehicle, a BMW 1-series, when he lost control, spun, and hit the trailer of a big rig, killing one of his brothers, who was in the passenger seat. (Can you get a Darwin Award just for riding in a car when the driver is playing the fool in that way? I guess so.)

Here are two articles that refer to the accident. In the second one you can read about how the family reacted to the accident. That was in a way that was ... informative. Expect more Darwin Awards to be handed out to them, since they seem to be mostly Middle Eastern chavs.

https://www.bild.de/regional/hamburg...5340.bild.html

https://www.abendblatt.de/hamburg/po...ndbruecke.html

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Old 28th Mar 2019, 14:05
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Expect more Darwin Awards to be handed out to them
, Yes, well, I agree, but from what you write and the way you write it I also expect you to collect yours quite soon.

What I don't understand is why you want to take your daughter with you when you collect it. And I wonder if you'll still be waving your schwanz as you do that.
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 14:42
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Sorry for you, but I could be doing 100 on my BMW R1100S and you could be doing 60 on your Ducati 999, when only one of us would be taken for a boy racer! (Is it bright red, by any chance, and does it have loud pipes?
No, it didn't have 'loud pipes' and while it was red (though not bright), I only used it to get to and from track days. My road bike was and still is,a Harley Road King classic. While I certainly 'make progress' in certain conditions, I like to think I am a careful and considerate rider. I do however wonder if riding at 100 mph on an public road, never mind one with a limit of 60, with your daughter 'on the back' is something to vaunt.
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 15:28
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Although there's a photo of him standing next to a Porsche, the text explicitly says he was driving a Ford Focus, and later on, that his father had bought it for him:

"Abdullah Waseem, 22, was using a bluetooth headset to chat to one cousin in Pakistan and another in Canada when he suddenly lost control of his Ford Focus on a bend."

"Abdullah’s father Waseem Akbar, 49, said: ... ‘The car he was driving was his car, but I bought it for him."
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 17:10
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I understand that about the Ford, but why the first image then, of Mr. Waseem posing in front of a Porsche 911? I bet that many people, just as I did, glanced at the article, saw that bright red Porsche, missed the reference in the text to the Ford, and thought they knew exactly what had gone on there: another Asian chav had crashed his Porsche while driving like a loon.

Hang on ... didn't the online version of the Mail have that flaming bigot Katie Hopkins writing for it? Okay, never mind; I think I have figured out what was going on with the editing for that article.

Jeez, what a bunch of wowsers here! I guess I had better not tell about the time I took my daughter bungee-jumping in her Snugli then. Silly me, I forgot that you put the brat in from the top of a Snugli, but anyway I made a lucky catch down at the bottom of the jump when the negative G kicked in, so "Ende gut, alles gut." At least it got me out of ever having to do babysitting again.

Some of you do have a point about the risks of speeding on B roads, I must admit. One time when I was on my own, maybe doing a little bit more than 100, maybe about 130, I passed a guy on a big Harley who was doing about 45, I guess. I caused a pretty serious accident then, one that put him in the hospital with a broken leg, and I do feel kind of bad about that. What happened was that when I passed him like that he must have thought that his bike had stopped, so that he got off to see what was wrong with it. Aside from it being a Harley, of course!
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 19:33
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Not a bad attempt...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-47739403
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Old 29th Mar 2019, 00:33
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I think that rates a "could do much better".
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 07:34
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https://www.nbc-2.com/story/40247767...m=talk_of_town

Not the best way to test safety.

It had to be in Arkansas!
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 08:19
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So ... what were those guys drinking? Probably not lemonade, but the story left out that important detail.

Anyway, that first hick did not expect being shot at close range by a .22-caliber rifle to sting and leave a red mark, vest or no vest? Probably not a physicist ....

We had a guy caught in a scandal where he supposedly threatened his houseboy before having his way with him. He probably just threatened him with some naira, but I was happy to tell everyone that, no, he had used a samurai sword for that. So here, two boobs from Arkansas ... had to be moonshine that they were drinking.
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Old 6th Apr 2019, 00:41
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https://www.rt.com/news/455660-train...-poland-video/
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Old 7th Apr 2019, 11:23
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And another one bites the dust...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47843999

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