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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 06:49 am

Australian Greens senator Bob Brown:

Our prime minister still thinks burning more coal, producing V12 cars and the burning of forests for woodchips is economic sense.

It should be obvious that burning forests isn’t a very effective means of producing woodchips; they’d tend to end up, well, burned. And Australian automakers build no V12 cars. Never have, sadly. Why do leftoid greendreamers struggle so on matters automotive? (Be aware, too, that Brown’s giddy mistakes came not during a hurried live interview but in a prepared statement.)

Posted by Tim B. on 03/29/2007 at 12:23 PM
    1. I think it’s high time for someone to make a V-16 mid-engine two-passenger roadster that uses a gallon per mile.

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 03 29 at 12:50 PM • permalink


    1. I started to get excited when he mentioned V12 cars. Then the let-down.

      oh well. If I recall correctly Jaguar used to make such an automobile. Must have been kick-ass.

      BTW, burning forests of woodchips would be very helpful for the all-important Australian ash industry.
      Can’t have too much ash.

      Posted by Merlin on 2007 03 29 at 12:52 PM • permalink


    1. How a four-wheel drive with two v-6 motors powering each end?

      Posted by -keith in mtn. view on 2007 03 29 at 01:13 PM • permalink


    1. I can beat that, I drove an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank.  I believe it got around 4 gallons to the mile…….

      Posted by Old Tanker on 2007 03 29 at 01:17 PM • permalink


    1. Tim, that is obviously a challenge to Australia to start building some v-12s.  C’mon, ya’ll can do it!

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 03 29 at 02:47 PM • permalink


    1. Tim, leftoid greendreamers can’t speak with any authority on cars because their experience is largely limited to bicycles and rusty old VW vans.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 03 29 at 02:52 PM • permalink


    1. Key point of difference – Greens believe in cultivating forests for bushfires.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 03 29 at 03:36 PM • permalink


    1. Hey, Brown.
      Cadillac’s building a V-12 which Gm’d glady export so Hucbald and Merlin can do their part. Tim gets one free. Old Tanker should also have one just for playing with that Abrams.

      Posted by GaryS on 2007 03 29 at 03:53 PM • permalink


    1. bought a book a while ago for a mate… consisted of 12 photo spreads detailing the cream of Nick Mason’s collection out at Goodwood or Brooklands or one of those old English tracks…. came with a CD recording of the noise they made as they did a curcuit… the noise the V12 powered BRM made was, well, we used to play it when we returned drunk from the pub…. team of mechanics required at all times, but when on song… as on this CD, just wow!

      Posted by Isumbras on 2007 03 29 at 05:04 PM • permalink


    1. V-12, V-13, whatever it takes.

      Posted by blogagog on 2007 03 29 at 05:36 PM • permalink


    1. Bob might have said V8 if he didn’t think it was a sort of vegetable juice. Maybe all he knew automotively is it was V and a number. Could have gone for V1 just a easily as V12. Or maybe Bob’s looking to buy a Ferrari and it just slipped out.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 03 29 at 08:30 PM • permalink


    1. A Green is a bloody idiot?  Who’da thunk?

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 03 29 at 08:40 PM • permalink


    1. Bob’s other car is a mardi gras float.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 03 29 at 08:41 PM • permalink


    1. Put two Packard Merlins in your coupe, one for each axle.  That should do it.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 03 29 at 09:04 PM • permalink


    1. RebeccaH: They’d be very cross with VW now, who make a rather nice 8L W16.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2007 03 29 at 10:24 PM • permalink


    1. This behemoth, Big Lizzie, named after Ford’s Tin Lizzie, had a top speed of two miles an hour but travelled significantly slower than that, sometimes around a mile a day. Probably used several hundred gallons to the mile on its five hundred mile journey from Melbourne to Mildura.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2007 03 29 at 11:19 PM • permalink


    1. Its hard for Bob Brown to sit down and write a coherent statement when his ring gear is screaming out for salving ointment due to the previous evening. That and the fact that he is an idiot.

      Posted by Penguin on 2007 03 29 at 11:49 PM • permalink


    1. V-16?

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 03 30 at 02:46 AM • permalink


    1. #6 RebeccaH:

      Tim, leftoid greendreamers can’t speak with any authority on cars because their experience is largely limited to bicycles and rusty old VW vans.

      You might like to ask Brown what he drives. The last time I heard him answer that question, he had to admit it was the Ford Galaxy that we taxpayers buy for Senators.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 03 30 at 03:52 AM • permalink


    1. I think Jaguar was the only manufacturer to mass-produce a V12 engine.  It was not with out problems, ( heat-soak causing valve seats to drop, etc,etc) however I did have the pleasure of seeing an twin turbo example that was alleged to have been able to put many tonnes of gaia killing goodness.

      I used to own a much more sedate XJ6, to this day, it was the only car where you could watch the fuel gauge needle visible drop as you drive. I also used to love scaring the proles with the dual tank feature, by letting one tank run out, giving the impression of running out of fuel – of course it’s only actually funny as long as you remembered to fill *both* tanks :).

      Posted by darrinhV2 on 2007 03 30 at 07:40 AM • permalink


    1. The BMW 7 series runs a V12. Going back a ways, the Lincolns of the ‘30s ran a 12 cylinder stretch of the flathead V8. Charlie Ryan put one in his stock looking Model A and he still has the Hot Rod Lincoln he wrote the song about.

      As for Australian V-12 automobiles, would Brabbham-Alfas count?

      Posted by triticale on 2007 03 30 at 08:30 PM • permalink


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