Tomic, a fast car and a policeman

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  1. Bartelby

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    Tomic claims harrassment over his 150k BMW:Tomic, Australia's top-ranked male tennis player, says he is being victimised by a 'jealous' Coast traffic cop who has pulled him up several times while out and about in his distinctive bright orange BMW M3.



    The 19-year-old P-plater has a special Department of Transport exemption allowing him to drive the V8-powered vehicle.

    Tomic alleged he was being targeted by the officer, who he refused to name, and said he was 'scared'.

    "He doesn't like me for some reason ... he's always on my tail,'' the teenager said.

    "I think it's really bad. I haven't done a thing wrong - I just go about my business as a tennis player.''

    Tomic said he was pulled up on Sunday night in Surfers Paradise after he was allegedly seen hooning on the Southport Spit.

    He said he was pulled up at traffic lights and denied he had broken the law.

    "I didn't speed, I didn't do any of that stuff,'' he said.

    "The car's very loud but I don't know what he (the police officer) defines as hooning.

    "It (being pulled over) scared me a bit, to be honest. He's pulled me over a few times but now it's starting to get a little bit more aggressive.''

    Police said the special licence exemption allowed Tomic to drive the BMW to and from training at Southport's Queens Park tennis centre.

    But Tomic, who this year became the youngest man to make the Wimbledon quarter-finals, said he understood he was entitled to drive at any time in the course of his professional duties.

    "I've got training, gym, massages and meetings I have to go to ... my days are very busy getting ready for the summer (tennis season),'' he said.

    "I don't know what it is - jealousy or whatever - but this policeman seems to have it in for me. If I did the wrong thing, he would charge me, but he hasn't.

    "I know he has a job to do but so do I.''

    However, Tomic said he did not plan to lodge an official complaint about the officer.

    "If he wants to keep pulling me over, there's nothing I can do about it,'' he said.

    "I just hope it stops.''
     
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  2. equinox

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    Tomics probably right, we live in such a nanny state in Australia today.

    He should just move to a tax haven overseas.
     
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    Lol I hate him for saying he has an M3... Id pull him over :twisted:
     
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    150k for an M3?? Are you sure it's not an M6. And if it is an M3 why?
     
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    I like Tomic more and more haha
     
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    Thats about right for an M3 in Australia. Cars are expensive here
     
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    BMW M3 Pure Edition: review

    By Paul PottingerThe Daily Telegraph11 May 2011EmailPrint+-

    Paul Pottinger describes the BMW M3 Coupe Pure Edition as 'blazingly quick for a road car'...

    Paul Pottinger road tests and reviews the BMW M3 Pure Edition.

    You could want for a little more ride comfort. You might find it just a bit much to live with. Then you should be looking for another car. A V8, a manual transmission, rear-wheel-drive and something approaching 50:50 fore and aft weight distribution is of itself a formula for perfection, yet BMW's M3 somehow transcends that to be something altogether more.

    VALUE

    Recently we asked, rhetorically it seemed at the time, if an M3 was worth the premium over the rather splendid 335i Coupe with its twin scroll turbo charged inline six (which makes 225kW but shares the M3's 400Nm).

    Well, as it turns out, yes it is, especially the 100 examples of the Australia-only Pure Edition coupes and sedans (priced at $145,000 and $131,700) that we drove in two door form. The first V8 M3 is very likely to be the last with a naturally aspirated engine. Auction an organ on **** for you will never want or need another car. You will keep this forever. Amen.

    Specifics? Well, there's the multi-media system with proximity sensors and stuff but none of the myriad ride or steering setting that come with the top priced models. Frankly you'd pay to be without these.

    TECHNOLOGY

    As stated: a glorious, tuneful, 4.0-litre V8 good for 309kW and 400Nm, a six speed manual and the M Differential on the rear to abet your haste in leaving a corner. "Pure" is no empty marketing catchphrase.

    DESIGN

    The E92 shape has been with us since '06 and remains the most becoming 3 Series though this is no boast next to an outgoing a sedan that appears to have been sculpted in Lego. The M3 is distinguished partly by its badging but mostly by that tumescent bonnet bulge.

    The Pure Edition is further marked by smoky 19-inch alloys and black accents. Design signatures double kidney grille, Hoffmeister kink in the rear side windows and slight front overhang are present and correct.

    SAFETY

    Of the top drawer. Five NCAP stars and all the active acronyms. Love the way in which the front seatbelts are extended by robotic arms. Less enamoured by the absence of a spare tyre.

    DRIVING

    Even on Australian mule tracks, among the Western World's worst drivers and a venal "road safety" regime, the M3 is life enhancing.

    Like the least B***, it can be driven in a leisurely, even lazy, fashion and yet reward with its fulsomely weighted steering and near exact balance. At 4.8 seconds from standing to 100km/h it's blazingly quick for a road car but that would be meaningless if it didn't translate to such sublimely intuitive handling. Cornering seems an act of osmosis; you observe the road's curvature negotiate it without conscious input at a rate of knots that would elude you in almost anything else.

    Yet the ride, while leaving you in not the least doubt as to the road's precise topography, is better than tolerable. The only caveat is the slightly long throw nature of the shift action. Something bespoke, short and sharp is surely warranted. Even this is more characteristic than outright fault and in any case cannot persuade us not to award our first perfect score.

    VERDICT

    Count the stars. This a great car.

    RATING

    Five Stars

    BMW M3 COUPE PURE EDITION

    Price: $145,000
    Warranty: 3 year/unlimited
    Resale: 15,000km/12 months
    Safety equipment: Six airbags; ABS, EDBA, EBA, TC
    Crash rating: five stars
    Engine: 4.0-litre V8 petrol; 309kW/400Nm
    Body: 2 doors, 4-seats
    Dimensions: 4615mm (L); 1540mm (W); 1424mm (H); 2761mm (WB)
    Weight: 1600kg
    Transmission: 6-speed manual
    Economy: 12.4L/100km; 290g/km Co2
     
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  8. USERNAME

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    Im hating Tomic more and more as this thread goes on :cry:
     
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  9. MonfilsMadness

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    Good to see the police doing their job.
    Hoons are a blight on society - unfortunately we have plenty in this country.
    Looks like Tomic is just another one.
     
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    Update from AAP:

    Tennis player Bernard Tomic says a Gold Coast police officer who accused him of hooning told the rising Australian star he wanted to put him in the newspapers.
    The 19-year-old, who rose to prominence when he made the quarter-finals of this year's Wimbledon Championships, was pulled over in the centre of Surfers Paradise on Sunday night, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported, but was not issued with a ticket.
    The tennis star is still on his P-plates but has a special exemption to drive a high-performance BMW M3 sports car.
    In a statement, Queensland police said they were investigating ``a number of alleged traffic offences and breaches of the exemption'' by Tomic.
    However, the tennis player told the Nine Network he wasn't hooning and the police officer had taken exception to him.
    ''(He) asked me to take the keys out of the car and took me aside and said, 'You shouldn't be driving this car again','' Tomic told the network.
    '' ... He just wanted to bust me at the scene and he even told me himself he wanted to put me in the papers.
    ``It's a bad feeling if you have someone doing that, I think.''

    Tomic said he was driving to training and was not breaking the law.
    The Department of Transport and Main Roads exemption allows the Gold Coast player to drive the bright orange V8 to and from training and other activities directly related to his tennis.
    The car's speed is electronically limited, although its top speed still exceeds 250km/h.
    Tomic denies the hooning claims, arguing he is the victim of a vendetta by a Gold Coast police officer.
    The statement said any member of the public who had concerns about the conduct of an officer can contact their nearest police station, the police ethical standards command or the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC).
     
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    Tomic is an idiot. He views the world this way:

    William & Kate, Justin Bieber, Roger Federer, Nelson Mandela, Lionel Messi, Bernard Tomic, Barack Obama






    The rest of the world
     
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    Too right mate, I live in Sydney and it is pretty bad. Sounds like Bernard has **** between his ears, a P plater driving around in a bright orange high performance BMW ???
     
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    Agreed. I actually live in Queensland (and travel to the Gold Coast regularly) and the number of hoons on the road is appalling (and highly dangerous).
    Poor little Bernie.
    Doesn't that bad policeman know who he is?
     
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  14. batz

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    What's a Hoon?
     
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    I had an E46 SMG II M3 in estoril blue. God, I loved that car.
     
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    Those annual Tomic-dramas becoming boooring. :roll:
     
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    A driver, generally a young/younger person (though by no means always) who owns (or steals) a hotted-up car and proceeds to drive it at high speeds in a dangerous fashion around the streets.
    They also have a highly irritating habit of installing incredibly loud stereos in their cars which they proceed to play with the windows down and at the highest level possible.
    Unfortunately their lack of good taste is only equalled by their determination to share their vile "music" with anyone within a radius of several kilometres.
    They're nothing an RPG couldn't fix.
     
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    Thanks - in the UK we call them 'Boy Racers'.
     
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    In Vic, P platers are not allowed to drive V8's. Is this the same in other states?

    And bright orange? Surely not...
     
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  20. Bartelby

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    He has an exemption to drive one so its usually forbidden.

    I had a mild mannered friend who bought a cheap car that habitually attracted the attention of the police, so its possible the situation is as he describes it.

    Cars have their own version of racial profiling.
     
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    hah @ hooning - that word has a nice sound to it.

    The whole street racing scene here was much larger in the early 00's and has since died off a bit. That was back when NFS Underground was a big game and The Fast and the Furious series was just getting started.

    Now there are public autocross time trials and races (at random parking lots and official race circuits) all the time that has helped tremendously to diffuse the masses of illegal racing. Maybe the Gold Coast region should follow suit.

    I can't tell if Tomic or the cop are at fault here, but I never liked Tomic anyways. He looks like an idiot. :/
     
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    Sounds like Tomic pissed off a cop.

    That's basically illegal here - they will find a way to get you. The cops are a bunch of power trippers.
     
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  24. jokinla

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    Wow, that is double the price we pay.
     
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    This is the first I have heard of "hooning". I had to google it.

    Why does he need a special license? Is it because of the car or because of his age?

    If the car is built for racing then it just makes sense that the person driving it is going to drive it fast. That is what its made for.

    Anyway, wouldn't surprise me if Tomic was a d1ck to the cop and so now they're harassing him. Don't **** off the po-po.
     
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    At least, he was not speeding.......
     
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  27. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Well, given he has not as yet been charged with anything, it looks like typical trial by media tall poppy syndrome.

    Welcome to Australia. (QLD is pretty backward, after all :))


    A lot of the Tomic haters in this country (of whom there are less and less) seem to find it very difficult to separate Bernard from his father John and often attribute comments from the latter to the former...
     
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    Looks like the Queensland police are certainly up to doing their job which is good to see.

    I take it you're either a Victorian or Tasmanian - either way, you have my sympathies.
     
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    Ah. So hoon just means d0uchebag.
     
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  30. MonfilsMadness

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    Yep, you got it.
     
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  31. MonfilsMadness

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    Seems to me that if Bernie was in the right he'd want to lodge a complaint and put this overbearing cop in his place.

    I wonder why he won't....


    GOLD Coast police have dismissed a claim by rising tennis star Bernard Tomic that a local officer is running a vendetta against him.

    Police say Tomic's accusations that a police officer wanted to give him bad press about hooning have been overseen by a senior officer and no disciplinary action will be taken.

    "No evidence of any breach of discipline or misconduct has been identified in the review," police said in a statement.

    Tomic, 19, is being investigated for a number of complaints of hooning in his high-performance BMW M3 sports car.

    In turn, Tomic has accused a local officer of threatening to put his name in the newspapers.

    The young star, who rose to prominence when he made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon this year, was pulled over in the centre of Surfers Paradise on Sunday night but was not issued with a ticket.

    Tomic claims the officer took him aside and told him he shouldn't be driving the vehicle, even though he was driving to training and was not breaking the law.

    He is still on his P-plates but has a special exemption to drive his bright orange V8 to and from training and other activities directly related to his tennis.

    Police said despite being invited to do so, they have not received any official complaint from Tomic.
     
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  32. Bartelby

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    Police investigating police is pretty useless as you'll lose no matter what, but who knows what the truth of the matter is.

    The complaint of hooning though is a very subjective one, as it is a question of judgement. Here is the law:

    Any person who drives a motor vehicle on a road or elsewhere without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place is guilty of an offence.
     
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  33. Bartelby

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    As you can see from the statute, it doesn't just cover racing it covers anything and everything so if someone wanted to give you a hard time it's very easy.
     
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  34. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Is that really the definition? Gosh, you could apply that to grey nomads who never look in the mirror!
     
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    Yes, there seems to be a trend that governments sieze on real social problems and then invent a law that is so wide that it infringes upon citizens rights and then they just tell you - 'so you support hooning?'
     
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    Reminds me of Mad Max.
     
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  37. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I sense an LNP voter in their 50s...
     
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  38. 15_ounce

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    So many Gold Coast car drivers are violating the law. Driving while talking on a mobile phone (even texting!!!), changing lane without signalling, speeding, hooning, tooting, yelling, doing a burn-out in the suburb, and even on a grass at the park nearby where I live.... etc etc. It's just horrible. Today I was walking on the footpath and these stupid GC teenagers screamed their lung out at me from their car.

    QLD police shouldn't give any exemption to any P plater to drive v8 cars. It's just ridiculous. It's clearly stated on the rule that P plater is not allowed to drive high-powered cars.

    I myself hate cars and never drive all my life and prefer to walk, catch the bus/train or cycle.

    Tomic should cycle to the training centre more often, that will improve his footwork :mrgreen:
     
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  39. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    How do you enjoy living there? My sister and her family have lived in Benowa for 20 years and every time I vist the GC seems to have less appeal. More like Miami every day in all the not so good ways.
    But you don't get much of a picture as a visitor. Your thoughts?
     
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    Come now, don't be bashful, be proud of where you're from.

    Which is it? Victoria or Tasmania?
     
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    Oh, I am very proud, thanks.
     
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    Standards of behaviour are simply getting worse and worse.
    Kids have no respect for the law and the courts are much too lenient.
    Anything goes these days.
    I try to limit my coast visits to once a fortnight but Brisbane is no better.
     
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  43. MonfilsMadness

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    You must be a little embarrassed. Sorry if i hit a raw nerve.
     
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  44. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Not at all, as I mentioned in another post, my sister lives in your fair region, I visit her often, and have a bit of a giggle at the local media while I am there. (althought it isn't a patch on Darwin in that regard)

    I am in Melbourne, actually...
     
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  45. 15_ounce

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    I spend most of my time away from the traffic, so I enjoy my life. I live well away from the centre (the concrete jungle & traffic). I love exploring the hinterland, bushwalking, and do my stuff at home (tennis, swimming and computer work) away from the busy suburbs... One thing I like here is it's not too hot like up north and not too cold like down south.
     
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    The problem is that part of the Gold Coast and, to a lesser extent, Brisbane have become devoted to drunken Baccchanalian revelry encouraged immensely by the alcohol industry that also is kind enough to bring you problem gambling.

    Most of these people who go overboard wake up on a Monday morning and go off to work, so there's no real generational issue.

    It's a cultural issue brought on by the sheer boredom of mundane existence, which young people feel more acutely.



     
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    Poor kid. First they schedule him to play Cilic way past his bedtime, and now hound him on the road.
     
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  48. Shaolin

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    Ok thanks :)
     
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  49. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    yes, the climate is nice, I agree.

    I guess I prefer teh GC to Brisbane, at least GC knows what it is, Brisbane just tries SOOO hard to be something it isn't and misses by so far...
     
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    That's strange - you posted this on December 1:

    "plenty of Jazz bands in Melbourne...

    plenty of tennis courts, too, you could do worse!!!

    I am worried I won't come back from th efirst week of the AO!

    (I only live a 45 minute flight away, though, so..lol)"

    Funny that.
     
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