On Motocracy – Zen on the Highways

Motocracy (noun, plural-cies)

“Government by the motorists; a form of self-governance in which authority/powers of agency is vested in individual motorists and exercised directly by them or by their co-drivers/riders in order to uphold law and liberty on the road.”

The road warrior aspect is of course purely fictional. We aren’t playing Mel Gibson saving (what’s left of) a post apocalypse world from motorised banditry in Mad Max.

Synopsis:

A vision of an apocalyptic future set in the wastelands of Australia. Total social decay is just around the corner in this spectacular cheap budget gang orientated road movie. Where the cops do their best to lay down the law and the outlaw gangs try their hardest to defy the system.

Leather clad Max Rockatansky husband, father and cop turns judge, juror and executioner after his best friend, wife and baby are killed. Here we see the final days of normality of a man who had everything to live for, and his slip into the abyss of madness. Mad Max is the antihero on the road to vengeance and oblivion.

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What was that about one man saving the world?

Out there on the road, you have just your machine, and wits, to protect you from all too obvious dangers, ranging from less than perfect roadways, changing weather, and of course, other road users.

Maybe you’re not some double-shotgun toting Aussie roughneck in a supercharged Ford Falcon, but you do have to act to safeguard your own precious behind..

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And you know what? In this day and age of 24/7 convenience stores, internet banking and being treated like kings and queens by our personal assistants, the road is where many people come of age in the most traditional sense of that phrase.

The road is where we learn the art of friendly competition. Like a good sportsman, road safety is all about give and take. There are always others who care less of others, or think the other vehicle in front is a target for their pent up frustration from work/family/losing a gambling bet for the hundredth time.

But face it, we are human, and all of us do have a lust for power and speed. That urge to floor it and leave the other guy in the dust is all too natural… but before you pass off speed demons as monsters that should have their licenses stripped and their sorry butts dumped in jail, think again.

Aggression, under control, is what keeps the mind working. A driver/motorcyclist who insists on following the vehicle in front is more dangerous than one who actively maintains an offensive stance, overtaking and changing lanes. The fast rider here must have exceptional situational awareness and stay one or more steps ahead of other road users in order to execute his/her overtaking maneuvers. He or she creates an active safety bubble and constantly decides if the next offensive maneuver is worth the risk. Wheras our dear ‘safety rider’ here might be just waiting to be run over by an errant motorist who needs to get somewhere in a rush and didn’t see the motorcycle in time…

Worse, slow riders/drivers usually execute sudden and unexpected maneuvers for no reason whatsoever. Or end up blocking the flow of traffic from their indecisiveness.

Road Hog

This popular moniker for slow-moving vehicles can also apply to a form of stock car racing in the USA.


Road hogs, also known as Detroit Iron, is an amateur style of stock car racing, popular at race tracks in the Midwestern United States. Vehicles typical in this division include sedans and luxury cars of the 1970s, weighing between four and five thousand pounds. They are typically found in junkyards, with less than $1,000 being invested by the race teams. Road Hog racing can take place or either dirt or paved tracks.

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Of course, it’s suicide to keep up a Bollywood techno pace all the time on public roads… nor is it conversively safe to play by the book all the time, for it makes oneself vulnerable to unexpected tactical developments.

It is the art of motoring that enables one to go with the flow, selecting optimal driving strategies to suit road and journey conditions. Convoy operations take requirements of motoring strategy and tactics to a whole new level, and this dynamic exploration of the asphalt frontier is what we’re deigned to explore in this new website. And judging from the conversations I’ve had with petrolheads from around the world over the years, there’s much much more to learn…

“The Art of Motoring”. What poetry…

The Open Road.

Where what you do, is entirely up to you.

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