Explores male behaviour in the context of underlying pre-programmed DNA and inherent or intrinsic fundamentals.
Features Dr Callum Scott and a bunch of Bathurst veterans as they portray and show first hand examples of “men doing male things” and taking their pent up aggressions out on the motor vehicle. “It’s all about the car, the car, the car…”
All cultures have a right of passage or version of.
Running the gauntlet is a long held tribal tradition. On the Mountain at Bathurst this was a stretch of road called Burnout Boulevard, it was the entry point to the top of Mount Panorama. To gain entry to this sacred space you had to conduct a burnout with your vehicle or you were denied entry or ridiculed beyond belief.
It didn’t have to be a great burn out because not everybody is good at it, but you had to try. If you tried that was enough and you could enter. If you avoided the imposed challenge your vehicle was chastised, trashed or burned and you were denied entry.
The Colosseum of Dust
Once on top of the mountain there was central space called The Bullpit or The Doughie Pit. This was an expanse of dirt on the crest that became a literal colosseum where cars were ritualistically driven until they disintegrated then ultimately sacrificed to the car gods with the crowds cheering on. Not for the faint hearted.
This space later was modified by officials with deep trenches cut across in a chequered pattern aimed at deterring participants. All it did though was turn the larger area into 8 smaller Bull Pits.
Another strategy by officials to tame the same space was to provide large video screens with entertainment such as pornography and stage shows with strippers, totally missing the point. All failed.
Not so much a war as such but a free for all indiscriminate battle. From dusk till dawn patrons fought with then endless toilet rolls dipped in kerosene and set alight. Fireworks that had been hidden in vehicles or buried beforehand were indiscriminately aimed at each other or at the milling crowd. Camp sites were set alight, toilet blocks blown to smithereens.
Due to the risks no police ventured to the top of Mount Panorama at night until around 2004. For many years each night from Thursday to Monday morning the riot like wars raged as misdirected fireworks lit up the grounds and the sky.
MAD MAX Origins
A brief summary of the circumstances that led to the first film crew ever being given access to the top of Mount Panorama and the lawless mayhem. It was whilst filming the documentary feature film Welcome to Wherever You Are that the destruction of over 90 vehicles was filmed. News crews, film crews, photographers etc were always denied access as were the police by The Gatekeepers.
Although dangerous the filmmakers eventually became accepted by the mountain men and later assimilated by returning each year. “We ate with them, slept in the mud with them, and drove our Interceptor amongst them”.
On the Monday morning the Interceptor replica with its fake blower out front crawled through the endless sea of burnt out wrecks in a moment of cinematic poetry.
Described by Street Machine magazine as “a far more apocalyptic vision than any George Miller movie as this was real”. These images coined the phrase “Reality Based Mad Max!”
“Top Gear for Hoons!”.
This episode is the longest of the six and explores what eventuates when male spaces are shut down or withdrawn.
It follows the inevitable, that as the police and authorities moved in with the intention of turning the Mountain of Mecca into a family space that those same inherent behaviours migrated out to the suburbs, back to the streets.
Places like Newcastle, Broken Hill, Shepparton, Ipswich, Dubbo, Darwin and Australia’s premiere Hoon Capital - Bendigo.
These cities and regional towns have become surrogate Burnout Boulevards and Bull Pits.
What followed then was a media-fuelled anti Hoon hysteria, unprecedented in this country as our culture like most others, needed someone to blame, a group to vilify - in this moment in time it was the Hoon.