Pirelli stirs the blood

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AWAR of the sexes has been de­clared in Aus­tralia over the 2011 Pirelli cal­en­dar com­pe­ti­tion. To­gether with Pirelli, cars­Guide has six cal­en­dars to give away.

And men and women are at log­ger­heads in their com­pe­ti­tion en­tries, in which they have to com­ment on whether the im­ages in our gallery from this year’s cal­en­dar — pho­tographed by le­gendary fashion de­signer Karl Lager­feld — will ap­peal as much to women as to men.

Cu­ri­ously, it’s the male en­trants who seem to think it won’t ap­peal equally to women. And the fe­male en­trants dis­agree with them.

Vic­to­rian en­trants weighed into the de­bate, with Charles Lai among the naysay­ers: ‘‘No. Women are less at­tracted to it un­less it is one en­tirely de­voted to a women au­di­ence rather than one for a ‘mixed’ au­di­ence.’’

But Lynne Cazaly coun­tered: ‘‘Artis­tic, sexy, stun­ning, le­gendary. How could women not love the cal­en­dar as much as men?’’

Heather Stonier-Gib­son agreed in rhyme: ‘‘With the god of the cos­mos as (Mr) Jan­uary, and my heart’s de­sire as May; Yes and again yes the Pirelli cal­en­dar would be quite the per­fect ladies’ foray.’’

But Paul Harper was sure: ‘‘No, be­cause I just asked my wife and she is not im­pressed. but I am.’’ It showed that at least he had the sense to check.

Only 10,000 of the fa­mous cal­en­dars are printed ev­ery year for the en­tire globe, and none is for sale.

Each of the six cal­en­dars in our com­pe­ti­tion will be won by one reader in one of six state group­ings — NSW/ACT, Vic­to­ria, Queens­land, South Aus­tralia/NT, Western Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia.

And if they tell us about their tyre pur­chases, all en­trants can also be in the run­ning to win a set of Pirelli Cin­tu­rato tyres, de­signed to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion but main­tain per­for­mance.

If you haven’t got your en­try in yet, log on to cars­guide.com.au and en­ter us­ing the link in the Pirelli cal­en­dar story be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion closes on Jan­uary 20.

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