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A 78-year-old Australian man with a need for speed had his car impounded after being caught racing at 170 km/h (105 mph) on a winding road east of Melbourne on New Year's Day. It seems John Belfield, the senior citizen under the spotlight, is a member of a local Nissan-Datsun sports car club. The club was holding a social run for its members on January 1, and Mr. Belfield was in attendance with his sporty Nissan Pulsar.

When prodded during the drive by a 36-year-old fellow club member in a Nissan Skyline, Belfield couldn't restrain himself and took chase. While it isn't clear who had the lead when the police intervened, the local constabulary did nab both drivers and promptly impounded their cars based on Victoria's "hoon laws" (a series of laws that covers certain types of speeding, burnouts, street racing, screeching brakes, etc...). The violation, according to police records, makes John Belfield the oldest person to have his car impounded under the law... an accolade, of sorts. In his defense, Mr. Belfield pointed out that he is a skilled driver who races cars. We doubt that got him off the hook, as it has never worked for us when we're in our Pulsars. Thanks to Sam for the tip!

[National News AU]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not only car's he's into

      He's this bloke:
      http://www.abc.net.au/gnt/future/Transcripts/s1205581.htm

      Was an owner of a MASSIVE collection of tanks. I went the auction when he sold it all off. It beat any car auction I've ever been to.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've seen him in Unique Cars.

        They interviewed a Nissan-Datsun car club.

        He sounded kinda of annoying

        "I got burnt at the lights by a falcon, so one of the guys at a club mentioned i get one of these (Pulsar GTi-R)"

        I bet he regrets it now! :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      From 2001 to 2003 I owned an S2000 and many times people wanted to race me.
      I hated red lights specially at nights because the cars next to me always sized me up.

      I miss that car. I loved it. I traded it for a Jeep liberty Diesel in 2004 which I still have
      • 6 Years Ago
      Victoria's laws are amazingly strict. I once got snared by a white holden with tinted glass after it prodded me for a few minutes travelling at 120kmh. It then side swiped me so I gave chase. once I hit 180, it slowed down and put on the siren for me to pull over.

      Sneaky police. I was a tourist and had no obligation to pay the fine but I did anyway after I returned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That conjured images of the 87 Pulsar I used to drive. I guess it's a whole different car in other parts of the world (or maybe they kept the Pulsar name rather than calling them Sentras like they did here; some Sentras are pretty quick).

      I'm not saying it wasn't a fun little car, but it was not fast and it was not reliable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pulsar GTi-Rs are nothing to scoff at. Quick out of the box and easy to modify.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A 78 year old driver may be nothing to scoff at either. He may have a lot of money to burn through to modify his ride and may be close enough to visiting the pearly gates to have no fear on the race track. (Comic relief statement. Don't hate.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 Pulsars are no joke
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's not a Skyline in the picture, it's a GT-R. You wouldn't put a picture of a Cadillac CTS and write a headline saying "78-year-old's Nissan Pulsar imounded after AU street race with Corvette"
        • 6 Years Ago
        The GTR is a Skyline, doofus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Zeus
        No, the GT-R is a separate car. The skyline is a G35/G37. It's called the Skyline GT350/GT370 in Japan. Try again when you've learned better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        really autoblog, havent you learned by now?
      • 6 Years Ago
      They made turbo Pulsars in other countries that were actually fun little cars...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This guy is a retard. A Pulsar against a Skyline!? Maybe he stood a chance if the guy was intoxicated and the Skyline was running on 3 cylinders... maybe. I don't care if he has race experience. This kind of behavior belongs on the track.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ummm... a modded Pulsar GTi-R against a stock GT-R isn't exactly a horrible match up. ATTESA all-wheel drive and the venerable SR20DET in a package that weighs over 1000lbs less isn't anything to sneeze at. There used to be loads of them at the drag races back home in Jamaica and 10 & 11 second et's weren't uncommon with a few choice mods, even street driven with full interiors in place.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Track or not... reading about a 78 yr old that can see over the steering wheel and have the co'hones to take on someone half his age w/ an "inferior" set of wheels, is at least worth a grin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What do they do with the cars they empound in AU?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Pines, cars that are compounded under the hoon laws are set to be crushed and destroyed.

        I've even seen a GTO in one of the list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Keep it on the track.
        • 6 Years Ago
        At the track its easy to get to 105 MPH. Where i race that speed is achieved twice in every lap being one the top speed at the grid and the second midway on a backstretch. There is never fear of crashing or nothing to be careful except your own mistake. It was after the first time i went to the track i realized how hard and dangerous it is to go slow on the street and how much easier and more fun it is to go really fast at the track.

        If i was the club i would have requested a section of the pass closed. Its imposible to get but they could at least try if they didn't.


        VOTE! you kno where!!! :) last time i say it :D
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