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coney green

The front page of the Express and Star reports that a 29 yr old man died after a 4x4 off road vehicle crashed along a dirt track at Stagborough Hill. The dead man was a passenger in the car being driven by a 15 year old boy.
 
Its a tragic tale and a cautionary one, but I can't help feeling uneasy about this. Given the current climate, you can almost feel the vibrations of an MP setting up his knees to jerk dangerously in our direction. Especially given the confusion over who was driving. Was it the deceased adult or the injured minor? I almost don't want to know the answer.

Was this an unofficial off road course or even a rogue pay and play? Was it - heaven forbid - a green lane? Did the 4x4 have a roll cage? I know my Disco doesn't and won't have, but then I'm not going to push my Disco to the point where there is even the slightest risk of rolling over. I'll back out of there - I'm not proud.

How do other forumeers feel about this?

Roger.
 
Roger, i agree with you, can only be bad press either way, if it was private property, there is no law to stop a minor driving but you have to question if they should have been driving there and what trainng they had to do so, Ashame someone got killed, but i think as most of us are sensable human beings, we relise that any off roading, possably some of the harder lanes aswell, along with any form of motor sport can be dangerous, dosnt take high speed to kill, but it is a calculated risk we take.

I have said it before, about some of the sites i have been too, that there is far too many minors (unlicensed) kids driving around, sometimes with very little regard for others, although some have been very responsable and SUPERVISED RESPONABLY, Dont know about here in England, but any death in a motor vehicle in NZ on a professional site (track/pay and play whaterever) is investigated by the police and charges if required are layed.

Still ashame that anyone died.

Cheers
 
Coney Green Farm is an offroad site, can be hired by the general public on a daily basis. Think it was hired for a 16th birthday party.

Problem is that the ower rents it out and leaves it at that, no marshalling or saftey conciderations at all.

It is not the first accident here either, the air ambulance was needed last summer but concensus on that accident was it was very avoidable, someone doing doughnuts in a lifted jeep with no seatbelt on & the jeep rolled ontop of him.
 
It is not the first accident here either, the air ambulance was needed last summer but concensus on that accident was it was very avoidable, someone doing doughnuts in a lifted jeep with no seatbelt on & the jeep rolled ontop of him.

Crazy people out there:(
 
Coney Green Farm is an offroad site, can be hired by the general public on a daily basis. Think it was hired for a 16th birthday party.

Problem is that the ower rents it out and leaves it at that, no marshalling or saftey conciderations at all.

It is not the first accident here either, the air ambulance was needed last summer but concensus on that accident was it was very avoidable, someone doing doughnuts in a lifted jeep with no seatbelt on & the jeep rolled ontop of him.

Well, at least that is a useful diversion of misguided public opinion. As long as 'our' laners and off roaders can show we really are as responsible as we claim we are.

Roger.
 
On the worcester news website someone has left a comment. I thought id let you all read this and see what you think. Some people just cant help themselves. I have used Coney Green a couple of times, when it was bone dry, you could drive round in almost anything, incredibly safe, it was also marshalled very well by my land rover club. The 2nd time, well marshalled, but very wet, changed the course totally, lots of people getting stuck even in very well prepared vehicles.

Heres the quote from the local paper
Another terrible incident and all blessings to the families involved.One thing i know is that off road vehicles have a higher centre of gravity and can roll far easier than normal cars,this vehicle was doing the type of work it was designed for but many other families that have never driven on a field still buy them and have no idea of the risk on the roads,especially at higher speeds.
 
true words there....ive also used that site on many occasions, and like you say its what you make it...yes theres the part of the site that have severe drops(along the ridgeway) and then theres the wooded area which is no trouble at all...We all know our limits when driving in any conditions be road or off-road, but it all falls down to the organization of these days out....Marshall are there for a reason and rules are rules..
 
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