Australian journos left without a car to test after writer caught at 144mph
13 July 2009

An Australian journalist has been caught driving a Ferrari California at 144mph - prompting the police to impound the car before it could be tested by other members of the media.

The Ferrari California, one of only two in Australia, was being driven by Financial Review motoring writer Rod Easdown.

Twitter - follow autocar.co.uk

The car had been brought into Australia by Ateco Automotive and was scheduled for test drives with media outlets last week.

Police said the Ferrari California had been recorded travelling at more than twice the legal limit near Toodyay.

Easdown has been charged with reckless driving and the car has been impounded under so-called 'hoon legislation' for seven days.

A local police spokesman said, "The incident should serve to remind drivers that regardless of a car’s capabilities, excessive speed is a contributing factor in about 60 people dying on our roads each year."

A spokesman for Ateco refused to comment.

If any Australian journalists or car enthusiasts want to find out what the Ferrari California is like to drive, just follow the link below.

See all the latest Ferrari California reviews, news and video

Our Verdict

Ferrari California

The Ferrari California is the company's boldest model for decades, but is it worthy of the name?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK