Little Boys and their Sewing Machine Cars

, posted: 27-Dec-2009 11:09

I live on a main street and close to an intersection with a well used street.  What this means is a get a lot of idiots in their sewing machine sounding cars accelerating and decelerating right outside my door.
I must be getting old, I can’t understand why you’d want your car to sound this stupid.  It’s not a rumble like a V8, or growl like a good twin motorbike (Ducati Anyone?), but a whine, especially on the smaller cars, and don’t get me started on the annoying whiny rattle of a Wankel based engine like the old RX7s and RX3s
And why is it these cars are normally driven by idiots that think the rev limiter cutting the engine out  is the sign that they need to change gear?  Hello, this isn’t Gran Turismo here, or Mario Cart.
Many a time I’ve thought “I wonder if I can buy some road spikes off the cops” and lay them out right outside my house. That and thoughts of sitting outside with a high powered rifle.  Or more likely a camera to record the db rating and their license plate number...yeah I like that one, wonder if the cops would accept that....
I don’t understand how these guys get warrants, do they take their noisy mufflers off for warrant time and put them back on when they get home?  And do the cops ticket for excessive noise? I’m assuming by the amount of noisy cars around they don’t or that it’s hard to police.
One final thing, I refuse to call them “boy racers” they’re not, that just glamorises them.  They’re “little boys with sewing machines”.... it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as well, but I feel much more accurate.

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Comment by rongitoto, on 27-Dec-2009 15:12

they are 'fags'/attention seeker/douchebag/inconsiderate... watch south park "The F Word"

Comment by nate, on 28-Dec-2009 00:23

The best ones are the guys who drive up and down the main street of Mt Maunganui with their chokes out, so we think they are driving a rotary.

Fail, fail, fail.

Comment by Acrux, on 28-Dec-2009 09:13

Your right these wind up wizz wheels are so girlie compared to a throbbing V8. I like to think of these cars as having hair driers but yes sewing machines is pretty close. As for the toss off valve, or waste 'of space' gates. I wouldn't mind if they actually went fast, more of a all hiss and no roar thing really.

Comment by Doc, on 29-Dec-2009 11:45

In the first instance, I wholeheartedly agree with the author of this, and the sentiment expressed.

But... there has to be a recognition that tastes vary. One man's V-twin Ducati 1098 is another man's quad-rotor 20b rotary. Just because a motor is a V8, doesn't immediately qualify it as "great sounding", nor does it give it an inherent right to be any more noisy than any other type of motor without becoming just as obnoxious.

(And an aside to Acrux, I drive a rice burning 4-pot with a hair dryer and a toss off valve... At a recent race meeting (put on by the NSCC and Commodore Car Owners Club) I lapped faster than every single V8 present with the exception of one NZV8 touring car. (And mine is 100% road legal, and driven home again afterwards) The point really is that sweeping generalisations should be avoided... Lest everyone who goes on about "throbbing V8's" be seen to be compensating for a lack in some other department... ;-)

Author's note by psycik, on 29-Dec-2009 16:05


To be honest, if the Ducati and V8 was making that much noise (as in driven by the same sort of bad driving, rev limiter using idiot as some of these sewing machines) I would get just as annoyed. While I personally prefer the sound normally, I don't when the baby or I are trying to sleep.

Comment by barf, on 29-Dec-2009 16:09

you can thank the last National government for removing import tariffs, giving New Zealand one of the cheapest second hand car markets in the world.

Comment by Tommy2Tone, on 30-Dec-2009 23:49

I agree most young people who modify their cars do more harm than good.  Most likely the exaust system was one of the first
things to fail and the aftermarket gives them a chance to feel
like they have accomplished something  by installing a cheaper replacement exhaust system.  The sound is aweful.

Comment by GetOFF~MyLAWN, on 31-Dec-2009 09:03

Road spikes? Meh a handful of z nails used for tying roof trusses to a house usually do the same job...from your friendly local hardware store.

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