View Full Version : Might of mentioned this before - but here we go again...

CP/M User
January 14th, 2006, 01:10 PM
HOONS... They constantly wake me up - especially Friday & Saturday
nights. And I'm sick of it. Not only are they being stupid - it's outright
dangerous the way they get their high powered cars - they could so easily
loose control & plow into someone's house. It's happened before around
Melbourne - but not here yet, only time will be the decider when the fuse
runs out.

I hate living in the main city of our state cause it means more of them -
sure we had some up in the Bush as well - wherever you go there's some
clown, up there at least we had a large block & the house was well set
back from our Court - so not as bad. Here it means your stuck next to
your Neighbours who keep you up til they want to go to bed - I mean it's
a crime to have houses so close, merely a thing they generally do in the
city to fit more family's in. Amazingly enough some of the older suburbs
would have been better I suppose - larger blocks. And even now the
block we're on isn't the smallest - there's smaller blocks of property.

But what are the Hoons like around the world I wonder - is this some
stupid craze that people do in order to kill themselves? Or is Australia the
HOON capital of the world?

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Terry Yager
January 14th, 2006, 01:16 PM
HOON??? Must be some kinda Aussie-ism, I've never heard it before.


Terry Yager
January 14th, 2006, 01:22 PM
Ok, so I googled it:


I'm assuming the second definition does not apply in this case...


Terry Yager
January 14th, 2006, 01:36 PM
I'm kinda fortunate in that I live in a trailer park with very short streets, and large speed bumps that don't allow much opportunity for fast or reckless driving.


CP/M User
January 14th, 2006, 01:53 PM
"Terry Yager" wrote:

-> Ok, so I googled it:

-> I'm assuming the second definition does not apply in this case...

Yeah, basically it's the last definition found on that site which reads:

"A Hoon is an Australian colloquial term given to an individual whom
typically drive fast and dangerously. The term is so widespread that in the
Western Australia state government has brought in what are known
as 'Anti-Hoon' laws to cut down on young males causing auto accidents by
excessive speed and street racing." <as described by Wikipedia the Free

-> I'm kinda fortunate in that I live in a trailer park with very short
-> streets, and large speed bumps that don't allow much opportunity for
-> fast or reckless driving.

Our "Hoons" have adapted to the dreeded speed hump & use high-
powered cars, so once their over the hump (whatever size it maybe),
they rev hard & accelerate quick to the next hump & cause they have
high-powered brakes they can stop quickly & do it all over again. We
don't have speed humps in our street (thank gawd) & usually it's the
houses in that area which get this threatment anyway with the loud noise -
they usually have loud sound systems too - which has an effect when
they do slow down.

They simply just don't care for their well being - or anybody elses
(usually they don't work either & don't have the desire to work at all) in
US terms I guess the expression for them there is "Bums".

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January 14th, 2006, 11:45 PM
We call 'em 'Sjonnies' (From Johnnies- but they are not able to pronounce that right, hence the adaptation)

January 16th, 2006, 07:50 AM
We just call em'" Idiots " here.
100 mph+ cars on gravel roads "hello Idiot meet mr. pine tree"

January 16th, 2006, 08:56 AM
We've got them here around San Jose/San Francisco as well.
But they've gotten a rather un-PC name around here.

It references the fact that many of the cars are Japanese cars...

January 16th, 2006, 10:01 AM
I live on a small group of houses just outside of city limits, the only problem we have ever had is power company trucks and a snow plow that drive through late at night. Other than that we never really had any problems. (Unless you count the 4 stray cats that won't get out of the way.)

January 16th, 2006, 02:44 PM
There are only small streets where I live, and I hope the building construction is solid enough to withstand most cars crashing into it, unless they come through the windows.

We don't have any particular word in Swedish, other than "speeding idiot".

January 17th, 2006, 02:52 PM
We usually refer to them as "Rice Boys". WHo else peels out in a Honda with glasspacks and an illegal nitro in the dead of the night.

CP/M User
January 18th, 2006, 01:28 PM
"Mad-Mike" wrote:

-> We usually refer to them as "Rice Boys". WHo else peels out in a
-> Honda with glasspacks and an illegal nitro in the dead of the night.

Crikey - didn't realise the term I was referning to was extremely local.

Hope I haven't offended anyone out there & believe me I wish the
councils or local authorities did something to cater for it - e.g. Provide
facilities for people who want to do these things to their cars. It's partly
their fault that the nearest venue to test their cars out is an hour away on
the other side of the city & even then I'm not so sure they cater properly
for this & wouldn't operate durning those early hours of the morning.

To me the streets aren't the place to do it & is outright dangerous as well
as annoying. But anyway to me a car is a tool used from going from A to
B & not a toy - what people do to their cars is of no concern to me
providing they have the proper grounds for messing around with them.

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Terry Yager
January 18th, 2006, 01:46 PM
As a mechanic, I've had a lot of dealings with Hot-Rodders & Street-Racers. I'm guilty of actually building some of those engines. In America, we seem to take a different attitude towards them. Hell, we make heros of them in movies such as The Fast And The Furious & Gone in 60 Seconds. Around our town, there are a couple of different places where these folks meet at night, to show off thier cars, and to arrange races. After several races have been set-up, and all the bets are in, then the entire crowd (racers & on-lookers) retires to a pre-arranged, secluded spot for the actual action. (One such place is known as "The Dark Side", an unlighted stretch of freeway that has long been a spot designated for racing). Of course, the local police are aware of these locations, but seem to "look the other way" and not bother the racing crowd too much, as long as there is no serious trouble.


Terry Yager
January 18th, 2006, 02:21 PM
Of course, there are some sub-genres, like the motorcycle racers, which are divided into a couple of different groups; the "crotch-rocket" types & the "chopper" folk. They have thier own gathering places and racing places too. The "my stereo can be heard from five blocks away" crowd is a whole 'nother scene as well, usually gathering around car washes & fast-food joints Although there is some overlap among the various groups (ever seen a $100.00 car with $5000.00 worth of stereo hung on it? What about an S-10 pickup with 5-foot Klipchorn speakers mounted on the back?). It's a whole sub-culture...the "need for speed underground"...


Terry Yager
January 18th, 2006, 02:34 PM
Even those of us who love fast cars and street-racing know where to draw the line (usually). I have personally been known to throw a brick through the windsheild of a notorious speeder on the (residential) street where my nephews & neices were playing. The rule I always heard is "Horses for Courses", IOW, there's a right time & place for it, but a residential street in midday ain't it (a secluded stretch of freeway at 2:00 a.m. is another story).