V8 noise revs up day in court for Gladstone man
A PRIZED "project” Commodore unregistered for a few years landed Glen Eden enthusiast Michael Clarke in a bit of bother when he road tested the machinery to check out its engine.
Police were called to Melaleuca Pl on a Saturday afternoon and Clarke, 30, was charged with driving his V8 Commodore uninsured, unregistered and making unnecessary noise.
Clarke pleaded guilty to the three charges in Gladstone Magistrates Court but denied it had been making smoke.
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said the incident happened about 1.30pm on April 30 when Clarke wilfully accelerated, causing the car to lose traction of its rear wheels and make unnecessary noise.
Police had been called after an earlier report and someone in the area had taken photos.
At the scene Clarke denied doing burnouts but admitted he drove the unregistered vehicle.
"It's a V8 project car. It has been unregistered for 10 years,” Clarke told magistrate Mark Morrow.
"I put my foot down. It's a V8, makes a bit of noise. It has been sitting 10 years and I only just got it running.
"I didn't do a burnout. I did lose traction, didn't make smoke.
"It was on a public road. I wasn't hurting anyone, only (went) 200 metres.
"I just paid three grand to get my car out (when impounded).
"I've learnt my lesson.”
When Mr Morrow suggested he instead test and drive it on private land, Clarke said he had got into trouble before when he drove an unregistered vehicle on private property.
Clarke was fined $1223.