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Last blast for speed freaks before Territory applies highway brakes

    * Ashleigh Wilson and Dorothy Illing
    * December 30, 2006

ADRIAN Leach was taking the pearl-white Lamborghini for a last blast down the lonely Arnhem Highway this week when the speedo tipped 260km/h.
"It's one of those things: the straighter the road, the longer the road, the better the run," he says of the Northern Territory's vast, open highways. Mr Leach, the general manager of a Darwin charter airline company, usually travels at a more leisurely pace when he's in his father's 1989 Lamborghini Countach. And he certainly will be from Monday.

That's when the Northern Territory's unrestricted speed limits disappear, marking the end of an era for the Territory and the nation.

Speed limits will be introduced on all Territory roads, removing one of the world's last unrestricted highway networks where drivers have been free to choose their own speed.

In a sign that the final frontier will now be regulated, a maximum limit of 130km/h will apply between Alice Springs and Darwin, and many local drivers are not happy.

Chief Minister Clare Martin announced the changes last month following a damning report that showed drivers were three times more likely to die on Territory roads than anywhere else in Australia. Labor will have to carry its convictions to the 2009 poll, given the Opposition has promised to reverse the decision if elected.

Ms Clare's announcement inflamed passions across the Territory, where many residents who drive regularly along the vast highway networks maintain that most accidents have more to do with alcohol than excessive speed.

And Mr Leach reckons the longer driving times could lead to more fatigue.

Steve Strike, an Alice Springs photographer who set up a website to protest against the introduction of limits, says the open speed-limit sign - a circle with a black line through the centre - is "our version of the Eureka flag".

But in the past few weeks, dozens of unrestricted speed limit signs have been souvenired.

fat chance anyone will ever reverse that decision... but get ready for Exotics in the Outback 2009 if they do!  :cool:



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and if they do, their Lambo may look/sound nice with some of these...

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