John Gilbert Staff Editor
November 18, 2015

It hasn’t degenerated to the point one might say the subject has a dark underbelly, but have you ever noticed that even in the English-speaking world there are cultural differences that exist between countries? Take for instance Canada and the United States where before one enters a Canadian home it’s customary to remove their shoes upon entry. In the United States if one removed their shoes upon entry the host might ask “what are you trying to do, stink me out of my own house?”

It really gets screwy when the English-speaking countries have to decide which side of the road they want to drive on. In Canada and the United States, cars are left hand drive, and in England and Australia right hand drive. Try making a left hand turn in the US with a vintage right hand drive Rolls Royce, and it will become painfully clear right hand drive is a bad idea.

Even in pop culture there’s interesting differences between the anglophile continents, and that’s the act of hooning. Hooning is an Australian word that sounds akin to the American expression, hooligan.

Using Wikipedia as a source “Hoon is a term used in Australia and New Zealand to refer to anyone who engages in loutish anti-social behavior. In particular it is used to refer to one who drives a car or boat in a manner which is anti-social by the standards of contemporary society… yata-yata, blah, blah, blah.” Anyways you get the picture the act of relieving a little stress in a fog of burning rubber is a serious offence in Australia.

In comparison to Australia’s hooning epidemic, here in the United States we have an interesting phenomena where Automobile advertising campaigns parallel script-driven reality TV shows. Just like on the reality TV shows where Street Outlaw racing confuses viewers regarding how much is contrived fakery and what’s real, automobile manufacturers’ advertising campaigns in the U.S. create the illusion hooning is an approved activity.

Under the banner of “Closed Course, Professional Driver” a TV commercial depicts a Jaguar writing its own name in a fog of burning rubber. Alongside a SoCal freeway with tires roasting a billboard prompts passerby to drive the new 2015 Mustang. There are a few other car companies that feature its brand burning rubber in a TV commercial. They come from what I call the orthopedic shoe segment, boring safety-sedans no one can remember the name of that are trying to reinvent themselves with a sporty image.

A look into the future where the fate of fun, freedom and individual expression seems to be headed in the direction of us all passengers riding in autonomous automobiles I can’t help but hope there will a hooning knob available on the control panel.

To read more about repressive governments with anti-hooning laws and the new Ford Mustang with Line-Lock please click here.

Link to the Hoon Hotline

Why the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Won’t Have Line-Lock in Australia