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“Get smoked boys”: Driver filmed ‘rolling coal’ at cyclists

A lorry driver from Somerset posted the video of a motorist ‘rolling coal’ at two cyclists on a country lane

A motorist who was filmed deliberately blowing black smoke at two cyclists from the modified exhaust of his 4x4 has been described as “immature” and “a plonker”.

A lorry driver from Somerset posted the expletive-laden video on Facebook under the caption “Do you reckon she passes the emissions test?”

The footage shows two men in a muddied vehicle as they approach two cyclists on a narrow country road. The passenger tells the driver: “go on, do ‘em. Smoke the c**ts”. The driver then blows a huge cloud of black exhaust smoke at the cyclists as he overtakes them, while one of the men in the vehicle laughs, “get smoked boys”.

The process, which is known as ‘rolling coal’ and sees the exhaust emit thick plumes of black smoke, originated on the truck racing scene in the United States. Some motorists now illegally modify their vehicles to produce the same effect.

> ‘Rolling coal’ is assault, says District Attorney

In September 2021, a sixteen year old crashed into a group of six cyclists in Texas after allegedly ‘rolling coal’ at them in a Ford F-250 pick-up truck. The teenager was charged in November with six counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Facebook account from which this week's footage originated appears to belong to either the passenger or driver in the video. The same account posted an image of a 4x4 vehicle with a modified exhaust at the beginning of January. The man works for a haulage firm based in Bristol.

The video has been shared over 13,000 times since it was posted on Wednesday. While the action was criticised by local cycling groups on Facebook, one of the comments under the original video described the modified vehicle as “everyone’s new car after the new UK laws about cyclists”.

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Ryan joined road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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Car Delenda Est replied to HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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"Get smoked"

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eburtthebike replied to HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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HoarseMann wrote:

This might cheer you up...

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10225709853123505

Thanks.  So sad to see his pride and joy go up in flames; maybe it was the cyclist he smoked.  God knows how, but I managed to forgo leaving a comment on his page.

Can't wait to see this scrotum up in court and lose his licence.

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HoarseMann replied to eburtthebike | 2 years ago
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eburtthebike wrote:

So sad to see his pride and joy go up in flames; maybe it was the cyclist he smoked.

Can't be these cyclists, as the fire was back in August and this is a replacement land rover.

Now I'm not a religious man, but if ever there was a 'sign' to change your driving ways, it's having your collection of chavmobiles mysteriously go up in flames!

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iandusud replied to HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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HoarseMann wrote:

This might cheer you up...

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10225709853123505

Oh, that's so sad. 

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