Pirelli stirs the blood
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.