NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command
What would you do first with your new dream car? Likely not to confiscate for reenacting a race on a public road.
Let’s say you just landed your dream car – a childhood classic you’ve always longed for and patiently waited for on a ship from a faraway land. What would be the first thing you would do in there?
For one man in Australia, that would be having it confiscated by the police.
New South Wales Police, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, posted on its Facebook page on Friday that it had received a call from a member of the public advising that a green Ford Falcon without license plates was speeding and on the wrong side. drove off the road on Mountain Straight, at Mount Panorama in Bathurst. We think you can guess what’s coming…
Coincidentally, the police were “already doing speed traps on Mount Panorama at this point,” which we’re sure are doing with monotonous regularity, and “saws within moments the green XY Ford Falcon without license plates at high speed on Connecting Rod straight.”
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Police say the vehicle’s speed was 125 km/h, and remember that Mount Panorama is on the edge of a residential area and the ‘track’ is just a regular public road, with a speed limit, for most of the year of 60 km/h.
When police stopped the vehicle and spoke to the 49-year-old Sydney man who was behind the wheel, it soon became clear that it wasn’t just the speed that would cost him – as he tested negative for alcohol, it turned out that he was a suspended driver and was caught driving under the influence just two weeks earlier.
Then there was the fact that the XY Falcon GT (or at least a good replica of one) was not registered. The driver told police he had imported it from South Africa and picked it up in Melbourne a few days earlier, before driving it back home to Sydney.
The police then asked the obvious follow-up question: why did he not have an unregistered vehicle permit? – and the driver simply said “They were closed”.
But his bold apology didn’t stop there, because when the police asked him why he was driving at 125 km/h on the wrong side of the public road, he simply said: “I’m just doing a reenactment”, which the police said was “clearly referring to the Bathurst 1000 race”.
We’re pretty sure he would have had an incredulous look on his face, as if wondering why anyone would ask such a stupid question. And that he closed the statement with an emphatic “mate!”
It remains unknown what the man’s lap time was, as police promptly seized the Falcon for three months and issued him with a summons to appear in court for driving while suspended, as well as what were undoubtedly hefty fines for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 km/h and with an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.