Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Don't Wanna Be in an SUV; Grape Expectations withMax Crus

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Don't Wanna Be in an SUV; Grape Expectations withMax Crus

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IS IT a function of age that we become the object of our own derision, eventually?

Thus have I after the purchase of that most (rightly) lambasted category of motor vehicle, an SUV/C[pounds sterling]CrossoverC[yen].

It means little that I need extra ground clearance when visiting remote wineries with goat-track driveways.

It means less that good mileage is essential, as I travel thousands of miles, even though we've been metricated for 40 years.

It matters not that space for many boxes is paramount.

At the supermarket, people don't think C[pounds sterling]that person must travel lots, over rough terrain, with heaps of wine in the bootC[yen]. They think, middle-aged, urban tosser with a bigger carbon footprint than a YetiC*and they're not talking Skoda.

No, gone is the nimble, frugal, sexy, Euro compact, about which people swooned C[pounds sterling]gosh, that person must be young, stylish, socially aware, yet still like to go fastC[yen] Co unless they saw me in it. …

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