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Drive Life : February 11th 2011
1HERSA1 0009 *3 year free ser vice based on standard scheduled servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 40,000kms. ^Drive away price for the Koleos Expression manual 4x2 non-metallic paint. ol rawford Motors 497 Pittwater Road, Brookvale 2100. Tel: 99 41 1200 DL 6342. Northshore Motors 60 Pacific Highway, Waitara 2077. Tel: 9 473 7122 DL11646. Overs ity 573 Gardeners Road, Mascot 2020. Tel: 9317 2111 DL 11226. Peter Warren Renault Hume Highway, Warwick Farm (Liverpool) 2170. Tel: 9828 8844 DL5411. Rick amelian Renault Cnr Elswick Street & Parramatta Road, Leichhardt 2040. Tel: 9560 1000 MD18402. REN1835/SMH www.renault.com.au 5-Star EURO NCAP Safety Rating ABS with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) ESP (Electronic Stability Program) 6 Airbags 17" Alloy Wheels Cruise control with speed limiter Fog lights Bluetooth® Hands Free system RIVE THE HANGE FOR A LIMITE TIME, WITH FREE 3 YEAR S HE ULE SERVI ES* ROSSOVER WITH ONFI EN E Free Service or 40,000kms*. Unlimited Warranty. Unlimited Roadside Assist. YEAR ADULT OCCUPANT FREE SERVI ING ON ALL KOLEOS MO ELS KOLEOS EXPRESSION - Includes Auto at no extra cost RIVE AWAY $29,990^ The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, February 11, 2011 9 DriveLIFE cover story Photo: Bill Jayet "We did the interior, put a new gearbox in; we added airconditioning, a new hood lining, new trims and new seats,'' Jennie says. ''Then we painted the dash, got the blue decals and put a spoiler on the front." This year, they plan to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary by taking the Sandman on a second honeymoon to Smiths Lake. ''It's been a project that we have done together, everything, from researching and mechanical work,'' Jennie says. ''A total work of love.'' THE POLICEMAN IT'S a steamy summer night. The evening comes drifting down, thick with the scent of jasmine and frangipani --- a perfect night for making out in your car. Driving to a secluded spot near the beach, you find yourself in your lover's arms, doing things that weren't meant to be done in the confinesofa1986Ford Laser, when --- BAM! --- a cop's torch shines through the window. ''Yes, it happens,'' Inspector Mark Taylor of Sydney police says. ''Put it this way: I never know when I start a day of general duty what I'm going to see. I've certainly had situations where I've had to move couples on. They always took my advice as quickly as possible.'' Having sex in your car is an offence. ''We have the power to charge people with offensive conduct and fine them but usually we exercise our discretion,'' Inspector Taylor says. ''People usually go to secluded spots to have sex in their car, which isn't a great idea because you're quite vulnerable when engaging in that behaviour and people have become the victims of other crimes because of it. It becomes a personal safety issue.'' Indeed: watch out for the handbrake. THE DRIVE-IN CINEMA OWNER IF YOU don't want to get arrested, where can you go? The drive-in, of course. ''Compared to a normal cinema, drive-ins have always been more private,'' says the owner of the Heddon Greta Drive-In in the Hunter Valley, Scott Seddon (motto: ''If you don't like the movie, slash the seats''). ''You're in your own little space; you can talk to each other while you're watching the movie and if the movie gets boring, you can have sex.'' Drive-ins are also more informal. At Heddon Greta, punters often bring their own deckchairs and rugs to set up around their vehicles. Because of the lower prices, two-thirds of the patrons tend to be families. For the rest, usually young couples who can drive but who don't have their own home, the drive-in is a convenient escape. ''Occasionally, we do have to wake patrons up in the cars because they have fallen asleep in various states of undress,'' Seddon says. Last year, a visitor who had arrived with his girlfriend took Seddon aside and asked if he could screen a home movie he had made. ''It was before the main feature, so I said yeah,'' Seddon says. ''The movie was called A Tale of Two Accountants, because both he and his girlfriend were accountants. It had photos of them and the things they'd done together and then at the end the guy looked into the camera and proposed to his girlfriend. Quite a beautiful moment, really.'' THE SEXPERT EDWARD Smith loves cars. Like, really loves cars. The 59-year-old American first had sex with an automobile when he was 15. He has since ''made love'' to more than 1000 cars, according to a 2008 report from The Daily Telegraph in Britain. ''I'm a romantic,'' Smith confessed to the newspaper. ''I write poetry about cars, I sing to them and talk to them just like a girlfriend. I know what's in my heart and I have no desire to change.'' His passion, which was explored in the documentary MyCarIsMy Lover, is unconventional. Yet ever since the advent of Henry Ford's Model T, cars have been freighted with some heavy sexual baggage. ''Firstly, it's an issue of freedom,'' sexologist Gabrielle Morrissey (pictured) says. ''It's bound up with late puberty and coming of age, because you usually learn to drive and get a car in your teen years. Cars are also a relatively private place but a little risque, too, a place where you can do what you want with whom you want.'' Young people often have their first sexual experiences in cars but Morrissey says that for some middle-aged men, they also become an extension of their personality. ''As a status symbol, the car can often be seen as a way to assess mating potential, particularly on a first date,'' she says. Which his why you should never turn up in a Proton Saga: no one likes a drama queen.
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