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History of Autoduelling in Australia
- Ca. 2000: With oil and natural gas supplies dwindling worldwide,
Australian motorists increasingly turn towards ethanol fuels derived from
Queensland sugar cane. Liquid cane and shale oil projects are abandoned, as they
prove too costly to be practical.
- 2006: Australian cars are now designed and built to use cane alcohol as
fuel. Cane alcohol is exported overseas in large quantities, particularly to
Japan and the United States.
- 2012: The grain blight that wipes out agriculture in the Northern
Hemisphere does not affect the Australian wheat crop due to stringent quarantine
restrictions. The sugar cane crop only suffers a 20 percent loss. Then-Prime
Minister "Greedy" Vince Stanley demands - and gets - exorbitant prices for
Australian grain and cane alcohol sold overseas.
- 2016: The Food Riots. Australia is spared the rioting due to an
adequate supply of un-blighted grain. Large numbers of refugees from the
Northern Hemisphere start pouring in the "Lucky Country".
- 2017: Australian coastal waters are constantly patrolled by the Royal
Australian Navy to turn back refugees and prevent the growing sport of "Boat
Hunting". The "Sport" involves the hunting, tracking and sinking of boats filled
with refugees fleeing blighted countries. Many Australian coastal towns are
converted into fortress resorts which Boat Hunters use as bases.
- 2025: The number of refugees coming to Australia slows to a trickle.
Bored Australian citizens take to Autoduelling.
- 2028: Autoduelling on country roads becomes legal in New South Wales,
Victoria and Western Australia. The sport is tolerated in the other four states.
- 2029: American-style high-performance power plants first introduced in
- 2030: Media recognition of autoduelling is boosted by Terry Backer's
World Series Cup presentation of Test Autoduelling.
- 2031: Car Wars released to the general public.
- 2033: The Royal Autoduelling Association of Australia (RADAA) is formed
along similar lines to the AADA. Full reciprocal benefits are available to
visiting autoduellists in either country. The first Australian Test Tour is held
- 2034: The AADA announces that the Australian National Champion, as
recognised by the RADAA, will be eligible to compete in the AADA World
Championships for the first Time.
50 Years Ago Today
Killer Truck Turned Back by .357
Nikki Rasmussen, already tired from a night of driving through snow and ice,
thought the worst was over - until he had to defend
his family against a pickup truck apparently bent on destruction.
After Rasmussen swerved to avoid the truck as it backed out onto an East Texas
highway, the truck driver sped up and caught up with
Rasmussen's Pinto. "He pulled alongside us and then rammed the side of our car,
trying to force us off the road. I was amazed , "
Rasmussen said. Eventually, the Pinto was forced into a ditch and the truck
Rasmussen limped the Pinto 10 miles into Frankston, where the truck reappeared,
driving head-on toward the Pinto. "He kept coming after us,
so I got out of the car with the gun and told my wife to keep going," Rasmussen
said. He fired the .357 pistol four times at the late-model
GMC pickup, hitting a tire and the driver once in the right wrist.
"I had to jump out of the way; he missed me by inches," he said.
Rasmussen then drove the damaged car to a service station, where another driver
was already calling the police. The pickup's driver was
arrested after a gun battle with police outside of town. Several tablets and
pills "of controlled substance" were found inside the pickup
truck, Frankston Police Chief Jay Parker said.
-Austin American-Statesman, 12/30/83