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  • andy8442
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    Should a Chelsea Tractor found abandoned in the snow be towed away and destroyed?

    Should the driver also be imprisoned on the grounds of offering nothing to society?

    Discuss.

    Premier Icon flange
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    Obvious troll is obvious…

    ohnohesback
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    What is the point of a Chealsea tractor? It’s a penis substitute.

    Jamie
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    joolsburger
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    Forgetting the practicalities a Chelsea tractor is a simple statement of wealth. So I suppose it’s all down to how you feel about the wealthy. People are free to buy what they like and largely to do what they want.

    Does the Range Rover owner who runs a business employing 100 people really offer nothing to society or are they helping drive the economy despite their taste for ostentatious cars?

    Big questions you’ve asked.

    Premier Icon vinnyeh
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    What is the point of a Chealsea tractor? It’s a penis substitute.

    I thought they were usually driven by women on the school/supermarket run?

    Oh. 😆

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFQu2HgDTwQ[/video]

    Premier Icon binners
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    What I can never understand is why they slow right down for speedbumps?

    MrSmith
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    Forgetting the practicalities a Chelsea tractor is a simple statement of wealth

    Really? Often it’s a symbol of skewed fiscal priorities and debt. I find it odd that many people on ‘average’ salaries borrow to buy depreciating assets that cost more than their yearly income, but then it’s their money and if it makes them feel good about themselves as they sit in traffic then I guess it’s a harmless pursuit of vanity.

    seba560
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    I like the elevated seating position.

    johndoh
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    a Chelsea tractor is a simple statement of wealth

    I tend to agree. My annoying sister in law wants a Q7 because ‘sometimes I might need to drive some of my kids friends around’.

    I suggested an old Espace or a Transit mini-bus.

    andy8442
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    I like the elevated seating position.

    So do I. I drive a van!

    mrlebowski
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    Forgetting the practicalities a Chelsea tractor is a simple statement of wealth. So I suppose it’s all down to how you feel about the wealthy. People are free to buy what they like and largely to do what they want.

    Does the Range Rover owner who runs a business employing 100 people really offer nothing to society or are they helping drive the economy despite their taste for ostentatious cars?

    Big questions you’ve asked.

    Spot on.

    Really? Often it’s a symbol of skewed fiscal priorities and a symbol of debt. I find it odd that many people on ‘average’ salaries borrow to buy depreciating assets that cost more than their yearly income, but then it’s their money and if it makes them feel good about themselves as they sit in traffic then I guess it’s a harmless pursuit of vanity.

    Nice sweeping statement, well done!

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    It’s a symbol that we live in a status obsessed society and chose to judge each other and ourselves by our possessions / material wealth. 4x4s stuck in the snow are just a minor side show….

    ti_pin_man
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    easy question: to make the driver feel superior. often they’ll say it makes them feel safer, but I think most safer = superior.

    can we have harder questions now? I used to be dead good in a pub quiz.

    xiphon
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    What else am I going to drop off Tarquin and Tabitha at their private school in?

    seba560
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    It’s a symbol that we live in a status obsessed society and chose to judge each other and ourselves by our possessions / material wealth. 4x4s stuck in the snow are just a minor side show…

    Surely a symbol of pseudo wealth, proper wealthy winter in St Tropez.

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    They are a choice of motor vehicle; nothing more, nothing less.

    People make choices whether it be a bike, a holiday, a house, a magazine, to troll, whatever.

    Other people choose to judge those choices.

    xiphon
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    On a more serious note, my in-laws’ neighbours bought a Q7 (most likely, leased it) for the ‘image’, as their son went to a private school. It’s a nice ‘average’ housing estate, with most cars on the drive pre-2008. His Q7 really looked out of place…

    Since his firm went under (don’t know exact details, but I assume so) his son now goes to the local comp (changed schools aged 14), and their only car is an old Citreon banger.

    I feel most sorry for the son…

    Bimbler
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    A friend has recently bought a LR Discovery, must admit it’s the nicest and most “grown up” car I’ve ever been in and would almost certainly get one if I had the disposable to do so. I don’t so I’ve got a Renault Scenic which is also overkill for 90% of the journeys I make.

    marcus7
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    I’d be interested in what you guys drive as a view to peoples impression of you ..me? a right proper boring old zafira… which makes me the bloke with kids who goes to the tip a lot… 🙂

    Premier Icon vinnyeh
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    XC90 is the popular vehicle around here, probably because it’s changed so little over the years, and with a suitable vanity plate you can’t really tell how old it is.

    Funny old mix this place- normally it’s full of people lauding the benefits of owning a Defender, despite being infinitely less practical, safe or comfortable than a Rangerover/Discovery.

    djglover
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    I settled on a Skoda Yeti 4×4, maninly because I couldn’t live with the image of a range rover or cayenne. Too many ignorant proles judging me.

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    maninly because I couldn’t live with the image of a range rover or cayenne. Too many ignorant proles judging me.

    😆

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    I live in central Cambridge with very limited on street parking. Half my neighbours don’t own cars (mainly academics at the University). I scrapped my V6 Golf last year. OH has a company car (which she needs for her job). As we have no drives and you just park where you can, we are saved the whole ‘car on the drive’ status symbol opportunity as anyone can park in front of any house (if you can find a space).

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    Fashion.

    It’s a statement based on what somebody else phones richer better looking and more successful has.

    joao3v16
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    Chelsea Tractor’s seem to be purchased by those poor people suffering from the delusion that other people notice/care what they drive, thus they are a hugely important lifestyle/fashion statement.

    In reality, people mostly secretly think you’re an idiot if you have one.

    It can’t be envy/jealousy – why would anyone be envious of being a massive idiot?

    Ro5ey
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    When driving bores you to tears and is simply a means to an end, I want it to be as “painless” as possible.

    When getting into a tractor, you get up into it and down from it. Much easier than getting into and out of a normal car. The added height makes strapping the kids in easy too.

    Lucky me we’ve got a Honda CRV 🙄 … so not only you can hate me for having a 4×4 but you can also laugh at me for having a grandad’s car and pity me because I can’t afford a proper tractor… 😀

    But I dont care it’s the most comfortable and easy car I’ve ever owned.

    scuzz
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    It’s invidious consumption – the deliberate conspicuous consumption of goods and services intended to provoke the envy of other people, as a means of displaying the buyer’s superior socio-economic status, be it real or perceived.
    It is possible to talk about it without appearing envious, as long as you make up sociological terms in the process. Except where the goods are Apple products – they’re off limits, as we all know.

    kristoff
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    I had what some may class as a Chelsea tractor…

    Mainly so I could do this…

    As much as people say its snobby, Chelsea tractor etc… It was the most comfortable and capable car I’ve ever owned and only sold it as I got fed up with the horrific running costs.

    Jamie
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    Mainly so I could do this…

    Take photos of it?

    mrlebowski
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    Chelsea Tractor’s seem to be purchased by those poor people suffering from the delusion that other people notice/care what they drive, thus they are a hugely important lifestyle/fashion statement.

    In reality, people mostly secretly think you’re an idiot if you have one.

    It can’t be envy/jealousy – why would anyone be envious of being a massive idiot?

    What you think of me in my car does not influence my choice one little bit.

    djglover
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    The psycology of this is facinating actually. Big premium brand fast saloons (RS4, Jag XFR etc) and supercars are generally admired, but as soon as the topic turns to 4×4, even though the are often slower, cheaper, less poluting than the saloons, everyone gets annoyed.

    uselesshippy
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    They’re for people who can’t reverse park.
    Drive into space, bounce up kerb, hit small child,turn, drop of kerb, done.

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    I like the elevated seating position.

    Me too. I drive a c-max.

    elzorillo
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    Go on.. admit it.. Your just jealous cos you dont have one. 😆

    joolsburger
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    If you had a gazillion pounds and a family you would likely seriously consider a 4×4 maybe you wouldn’t but they are safe, luxurious and comfortable etc . I wonder how much of the ire directed at their owners is down to pure envy and how much is actually anything to do with a genuine rational thought process.

    Some of the comments here are quite telling..

    kristoff
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    [Quote]Jamie – Member
    Mainly so I could do this…
    Take photos of it?[/quote]

    Close. That was the aftermath of a day on Salisbury plain. Surprising what a Chelsea tractor is capable of with some proper all terrain tyres fitted.

    uselesshippy
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    Joolsburger,
    I’d have a chauffer and a maybach instead.

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