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Driving back from Adelaide to Melbourne at about 9:30pm in my recently purchased Z (6hrs) I experienced the scariest thing any Aussie motorist can have happen. Driving through the forests near the Coonawarra (wine region) in South Australia a dirty big grey kangaroo jumps out from the side of the road into the path of my speeding (120kph) machine. My heart races! I jump on the Brembos (awesome) give it a heap of right hand steering and the Zed swerved around the 6" tall Kangaroo like it were a round-about. It could have been very messy. Those roos can total a car. I continued to drive at 80kph nervously as there was plenty of road kill and other roos grazing by the side of the road.

I have heard of stories where Kangaroos have jumped onto the road from nowhere (like Wednesday night) have totalled a car and then got up and jumped up and bounced back into the forest. Imagine how angry you would be?

Has anyone had any experience like this?

My advice - if you see a big yellow traffic sign with a Kangaroo on it, it is dark or becoming dark please drive with caution. - Im still freaked by it all.

On a positive note: Man, the track is unbelievable - I cannot believe I have one downstairs.

Melbourne guys - Im keen to hook up![attachmentid=9475]

The Roof
 

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Car looks great - very nice picture.

Have to say I had a double take when I first saw the topic but then I remembered that - oh yeah - those folks in Australia!

Glad you saved the car!

~Z~

PS - what can you get for the Z that we can not and vise versa.
 

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You have to be careful with the roos, but I would imagine hitting a wombat would do a lot more damage to the car. With roos you have to worry more about the damage they are going do to you then the car. A friend of mine has hit a roo when driving from sydney to adelaide in a 240z, the thing went flying through the windscreen, he was lucky that it has hit the passenger side and not the driver side. He ended up in hospital with face full of glass, also the roo has shredded his passenger side seat with it's claws. There has been accidents where the roo went flying through a windscreen and shredded persons throat.
 

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Yeah i had lot's a couple of experience with the Roos too. NIce car btw :)

Did you had the VDC turned on when driving? :)
 

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Originally posted by Nuff@Jul 22 2005, 12:26 AM
You have to be careful with the roos, but I would imagine hitting a wombat would do a lot more damage to the car. With roos you have to worry more about the damage they are going do to you then the car. A friend of mine has hit a roo when driving from sydney to adelaide in a 240z, the thing went flying through the windscreen, he was lucky that it has hit the passenger side and not the driver side. He ended up in hospital with face full of glass, also the roo has shredded his passenger side seat with it's claws. There has been accidents where the roo went flying through a windscreen and shredded persons throat.
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Jesus christ! Thats hectic!
 

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Yea, I did a double take on that thread topic too. Then I remembered the Aussie crowd.

I guess your Roos are our Deer. There are sooo many deer in Ohio. Driving 140 miles from Cleveland to Columbus and I will see at least 20 dead on the side of the road.

Your Roos might have some serious claws, but our deer have weapons on their heads. Imagine catching an antler set at 70 mph.

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Hahahah Yes your roos=our deer. LIke Hunter said, there are so MANY here in western pennslyvania, I hate to drive at night. You DO see like a TON lying all over the freeway between here and Ohio.........just have to be extra cautios. I think I'd be a little more freaked out hitting a Roo tho............much cuter than deer :D
 

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Originally posted by Nuff@Jul 22 2005, 12:26 AM
You have to be careful with the roos, but I would imagine hitting a wombat would do a lot more damage to the car.
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Nah, wombats are just like hitting nasty speedbumps at high speed. Been there, done that. Only popped the blinker out of the front guard. Would've been much worse if the tyre had gone seeing as we were doing about 120kph.

Haven't hit a roo yet but have had countless close encounters, even had one jump over the bonnet.

Just as scary was doing an early moring run on the Old Pacific and rounding a sweeper at 100kph only to find a massive turkey standing in the middle of the road. Biggest one I've ever seen. In the MX-5 I was at eye level with it. Lucky there was no oncoming traffic so I could dodge it.
 

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Good to see ya Apsilon... next run run it down and we can have a BBQ with whats left :)!

Or maybe not...
 

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How big do Roos get and what is the average weight?

Deer start small, but hey really can get the weight up and total a car.
 

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Originally posted by zuffy@Jul 25 2005, 06:34 PM
Good to see ya Apsilon...  next run run it down and we can have a BBQ with whats left :)!

Or maybe not...
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I'm still around, just busy.

I'd hate to think what it would've done to the car had I hit it at those speeds. Didn't realise they came that big, certainly bigger than a BBQ chook.

As for the size of roos I'd guess the smallest ones stand about 1m (3') and weigh about 20kg (44lbs), up to a common grey at about 1.5m (5') and maybe 70kg (154lbs) to the big reds at about 1.8m (6') and 90kg (198lbs). They're average sizes. I've come across a big red while out for a walk that when it stood up was a good couple of feet taller than me and I'm 6'
 

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Originally posted by buZam@Jul 25 2005, 08:18 PM
How big do Roos get and what is the average weight?

Deer start small, but hey really can get the weight up and total a car.
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Just give you an Idea what happen if you hit a Small to medium size roos doing 62mph :headshake:

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yeah deer are just as bad, only faster. a friend of mine had her car totalled by a deer. The funny thing is, she wasn't driving it at the time. She was stopped at a traffic light when this deer came running out of the forrest, slammed its head into the side of her pathfinder, totalling it, and breaking it's own neck at the same time. I wish I had scanned pics of it, but the damage that thing did was INCREDIBLE.
 

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Originally posted by db350z@Jul 26 2005, 03:01 PM
Just give you an Idea what happen if you hit a Small to medium size roos doing 62mph  :headshake:

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shane, shazza, nathan, gary, blair.......kids start the barby, ur old man caught us some dinner tonight
 

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What's that Skip? The airflow to the radiator is blocked?


Roo steaks, mmmmmm. Other than the containment issues I still don't understand why we farm cattle instead of roos here.
 

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An Aussie man stands proud, chest thrusted high, in his blue singlet and hark yakka skin tight shorts reminiscing of the day when the air was fresh, the roads unlight and he could still catch his dinner with his Commo
 

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Originally posted by db350z@Jul 25 2005, 11:01 PM
Just give you an Idea what happen if you hit a Small to medium size roos doing 62mph :headshake:

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Oh, that is nothing!

Deer can get well over 250 lbs (the big bucks are even larger, up to 400 lbs). Also, their mass is higher than a Roo because they stand on four legs. So, when you hit them, you take out the legs and they slide right up the hood. Worst of all, they freeze when you shine a light in their eyes. They literally will not move. So, you are driving down the road and you see a 400 lb deer. You try to slow and swerve. Of course, it will not move until you swerve. When you do, you have a 50/50 chance that it will move the same way you did, causing an accident.

Even worse is when they are in the rut (mating season). They can get extremely aggressive (even the females). If they see a competitor, they will charge and try to fight. Unfortunately, they are stupid enough to think their own reflection is a competitor. Due to this, they have been known to charge parked cars out of nowhere. They just slam into the side, usually killing themselves in the process. Also, they will buck right threw windows (seeing their reflection first) and destroy your living room.
Here is a sample of what a SMALL deer can do:
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HAHA! I never thought about the fact that the deer might by attempting to ram it's reflection! I just assumed it was running too fast to put on the breaks!
 

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lucky that car wasn't in Australia! wouldn't want to be the driver with that arriving into your lap...
 
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