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SAAB IS DUTCH

I SAW a mi­nor mis­take in your ar­ti­cle about the Com­modore on ethanol. The Swedish Saab (right) is no longer un­der GM. It’s Dutch.

As a re­cently em­i­grated Dutchie, I’m very sur­prised how Aus­tralian peo­ple keep buy­ing the big en­er­gyguz­zling V8s

Holden mar­ket­ing la­belled it green, but it’s still guz­zling many times more fuel than a modern car such as a Ford Mon­deo 2.0 tDCi that has enough power any­way.

Er­win Bo­er­mans, email The own­er­ship might be Dutch but the com­pany is still rooted in Swe­den, as with Volvo, which now be­longs to the Chi­nese.

GROW UP, MATE

YOU state that Aus­tralia’s speed lim­its have more to do with rev­enue-rais­ing than safety.

You should be ashamed of your­self for ad­vo­cat­ing such im­ma­ture drivel, which only in­cites the ir­re­spon­si­ble to be­lieve they are en­ti­tled to break the road laws then blame it on the po­lice or a cam­era for catch­ing them.

I hope your boss makes sure you per­son­ally pay all the speed­ing fines you in­cur in your job.

Maybe you should get a real job, say, a para­medic or SES worker, or the po­lice who see first-hand the car­nage and dev­as­ta­tion that peo­ple with your opin­ion bring about.

Per­haps you will think (I as­sume a lot here) dif­fer­ently when you lose a loved one or visit some­one close to you in hos­pi­tal who has had their life ut­terly shat­tered by like-minded speed­sters with a reck­less at­ti­tude who think they know it all. I hope you can live with your­self if you smash into some­one and turn them into a veg­etable — but that won’t hap­pen, will it, be­cause you are way too clever (smug) to have a smash.

And the fact that cars have added safety equip­ment now com­pared with the 1950s is no ex­cuse, be­cause then there were fewer cars on the road com­pared with now, so the chance of a col­li­sion was very much less. In your case I will say ‘‘Wipe off 25 and sur­vive’’ and good luck to you and your loved ones — but re­ally, I’m be­ing self­ish, be­cause I hope I’m not on the same piece of road as you or your speed­ing sym­pa­this­ers.

Tom Rus­sell, email

SPEED OR DEED?

SPEED­ING and ex­ceed­ing the speed limit are two dif­fer­ent things. Link­ing speed­ing and the road toll with no qual­i­fi­ca­tion is not jus­ti­fied, be­cause speed­ing may be well within the posted speed limit yet be dan­ger­ous and cause deaths.

If you are on a sin­gle-car­riage­way two-lane road, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to safely pass an­other ve­hi­cle with­out ex­ceed­ing the speed limit.

In the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, when the open road limit was changed from un­re­stricted to 130km/h, road deaths on those roads more than dou­bled.

Doug Mul­let, email

IN THE MOVIES

AN AR­TI­CLE in cars­Guide by Nathan Mawby says the train­ing cen­tre in Mel­bourne was the first in the world to add stunt-driv­ing to its train­ing reg­i­men.

I started the stunt train­ing pro­gram at DECA in Shep­par­ton in 1993 and have been mainly in­volved with driv­ers in the film in­dus­try. We also train in mo­tor­sport, chauf­feur driv­ing (in­clud­ing anti-ter­ror­ist), ad­vanced car, fork­lift, mo­tor­bike, all trucks and newve­hi­cle pro­mo­tions for ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers here and overseas.

Greg Suther­land, DECA

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