Li­cence to print money

New Zealand Classic Car - - READERS’ WRITES -

I en­joyed read­ing the ar­ti­cle Lo­cal Mar­ket Re­port by Jes­mond Mi­callef in the July 2017 is­sue, and hav­ing read pages 52 to 56, Kits and Pieces, about the RS60 build, it got me think­ing.

In the RS60 ar­ti­cle I spot­ted the line, “The dif­fi­cul­ties of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion”. When you read the hobby-car hand­book [ The New Zealand Car Con­struc­tion Man­ual], which the LVVTA is in­volved with, and your car must be built to, I can un­der­stand why the home build­ing of hobby ve­hi­cles is a sun­set in­dus­try, and young peo­ple are not in­ter­ested. Pre 1991, you built your car, took it down to a test­ing sta­tion (MOT), and your car re­ceived a WOF, or you were sent home to fix items which were not up to WOF stan­dard. Were these pre1991 cars un­safe, or death traps? I don’t think so. The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process is lit­tle more than a li­cence to print money (un­der the aus­pices of safety, of course) for the LVVTA, and sadly a big turn-off to young peo­ple. But I don’t think the LVVTA gives a hoot, as long as they can keep clip­ping the ticket and mak­ing money from peo­ple’s hob­bies. I am cu­ri­ous what Stew­art, who built the RS60, paid in cer­ti­fi­ca­tion fees?

I was at a car show ear­lier this year and saw a car with an af­ter­mar­ket steer­ing fit­ted, and you guessed it, ‘the mod­i­fi­ca­tion’ had to be cer­ti­fied, and an LVVTA plate fit­ted un­der the bon­net, $300 please (plus GST?). So I see a project for your ex­cel­lent writer, Greg Price, ‘Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the LVVTA a step for­ward or money for jam’. Heaven for­bid al­low­ing peo­ple to con­struct their own hobby cars, and us not get­ting a fee.

Best re­gards Matthew Thomas, Christchurch

It’s cer­tainly been a con­tentious is­sue for some time Matthew, and, sadly, it strikes many of our fel­low en­thu­si­asts hard in the pocket. AFW

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