What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby jcantelo » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:11 pm

Yeah mate, I'm pretty keen to do a Trial Introductory Flight out of Jandakot, but like you said it's like double the cost of a fixed wing licence. Might just get a couple of $$ together first. :)

When I am not flying about I drive around in my Subaru Outback. It has been really good getting around the place, and versatile enough to get me off road to get into position for a good photo. But like Fu and others have mentioned, no need to get yourself into danger to get the "shot". Most good photos of storms come from a fair distance away from any of the action anyway. So no need to put yourself in harms way.
After waking up in the earlier hours a month or so ago, when that large storm came across Perth, I was taking photos underneath the front patio at my folks house, and BAM! A ripper strike about 20m away from me hit a tree in our front yard, as well as the house. As incredible the experience was, I don't want to be in that situation again, underpants don't come cheap these days. So i'll just keep my distance thanks.
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What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby Fu Manchu » Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:36 am

Someone has asked Reed Timmer the very same question that this thread is about. They must have read it ;)

Ginochachie:
Hey @reedtimmerTVN, in your opinion, what's the best $100 beater car to take into a tornado?

ReedtimmerTVN:
@Ginochachie definitely a Plymouth K car pre 1985 with no muffler. That was my first chase vehicle

SpectreDriver:
@Ginochachie @reedtimmerTVN in your opinion, what's the best $100 beater car to take into a tornado? TIV II of course...

MTsevereweather:
@Ginochachie @reedtimmerTVN anything that you can find for a $100 that will move at highway speeds

bplayer47:
@Ginochachie @reedtimmerTVN 1977 Pinto

T_Hempstead:
@Ginochachie got to be a Gremlin! #beast

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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby brayden » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:37 am

Plymouth hey.

I'm thinking that Mel and I will buy a car for our U.S trip next year. Have 2 weeks chasing or so (me want the so, another week lol) and then 3-4 weeks sight seeing etc. With the price of renting 5-6 weeks could get a decent car (don't think a 1985 plymouth :P ), plus don't have to worry bout rental insurance when chasing. Then again the process of buying without a U.S address etc. could be interesting. Looking forward to the adventure! :D
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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby lykeeze » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:37 am

What about insurance.. Need insurance to even drive in the u.s

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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby roland985 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:39 am

So do we.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:56 pm

Brayden, goin' TopGear style in the US. Cheaper to buy than rent.

Prolly buy and sell a house as you go too.

Roland, you need insurance to stand at the end of the runway these days.
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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby roland985 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:08 pm

Actually, it is a mountainbike. It can withstand a 110 kilogram Russian forcing it up a steep incline, and it is actually insured!

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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby lykeeze » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:09 pm

dont need insurance in australia to drive on the road

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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby roland985 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:15 pm

lykeeze wrote:dont need insurance in australia to drive on the road

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_in ... #Australia
We do, actually. 3rd party minimum.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:32 pm

In Soviet Russia, mountain climbing is done on push bikes and 3rd party is paid for when paying to license a vehicle.

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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby brayden » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:39 pm

lykeeze wrote:What about insurance.. Need insurance to even drive in the u.s

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Indeed we'll be getting it ;)
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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby roland985 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:42 pm

Fu Manchu wrote:In Soviet Russia, mountain climbing is done on push bikes and 3rd party is paid for when paying to license a vehicle.

True that.


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lykeeze wrote:What about insurance.. Need insurance to even drive in the u.s

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Indeed we'll be getting it ;)

I am designing a hail shield that can be deployed from within a car that looks just like a roof rack. When I finally get a car, I'll make and fit it. Basically just a high tension net that packs into a tight space.

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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby adamD » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:36 pm

Able to overtake fine on my little Holden but usually turn off aircon etc to get the power . Just car starts rocking when getting nasty gusts that's all and no the rocking isn't caused by me :P

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Postby Fu Manchu » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:27 pm

Turning off the AC is like a turbo boost button.

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Re: What sort of vehicles do you use for chasing.

Postby roland985 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:44 pm

Fu Manchu wrote:Turning off the AC is like a turbo boost button.


I thought it was the BO engage button.
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Postby lykeeze » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:32 am

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Postby lykeeze » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:34 am

Fu Manchu wrote:Turning off the AC is like a turbo boost button.

Lol that's 100% correct in my beast... A/c off for over taking for shizzle

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