Oct 9th 2009 By Brian Fairbanks
This weekend, the mammoth car race, The Bathurst 1,000
, kicks off with peeling tires, deafening roars, clouds of dust and the finest beer Australia has to offer.
Because past Bathursts have gotten a wee bit out of hand, featuring numerous car crashes, fights and arrests, the coppers have decided to take drastic measures. According to the Sydney Morning Herald
, the totalitarian fascists in charge of alcohol regulation have capped the number of beers each spectator can consume at ... 24!
Are you kidding? 24 beers? How the hell is a hale and hearty Australian supposed to enjoy an event when he's only allowed to drink a single case of beer per day? This isn't a bake sale or church service, mates, this is the Bathurst! It's hot out there and those boys are going to need more than a whistle whetting.
The outrage, as you might imagine, to the crushing heel of authority, was swift and savage. As one poster on the forums put it: "So you're only allowed one slab each, or 4 liters of wine per day. Is that restricted to adults, or do kids count too?"
Luckily, according to a Reuters story
, officials have softened a bit on the ban, amending it to allow, "up to 36 cans of low or mid-strength beer."
Well thanks there, Hitler, that's mighty nice of you.