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The SMASA crew cel­e­brate their hard-fought vic­tory to open club rego in SA to street ma­chines

YOU’VE got to cel­e­brate your vic­to­ries when you get them, and mod­i­fied car own­ers in South Aus­tralia had a hell of a win when the state’s pre­vi­ously re­stric­tive con­ces­sional reg­is­tra­tion scheme was dra­mat­i­cally over­hauled as of 1 July 2017. So what bet­ter way to ac­knowl­edge the oc­ca­sion than to stage a bit of a get-to­gether?

Un­der the old ver­sion of the scheme, there were no pro­vi­sions for mod­i­fied or post-1979 ve­hi­cles, and rules were par­tic­u­larly strict con­cern­ing left­hook cars. Now that the scheme has been re­vised, any num­ber of le­gal mod­i­fi­ca­tions are per­mit­ted, a rolling 30-year ve­hi­cle age re­quire­ment has been in­tro­duced, and a huge amount of red tape has been trimmed from pro­ce­dures and prac­tices. It’s a wa­ter­shed mo­ment for South Aussie street ma­chin­ers, and one well worth ac­knowl­edg­ing with a huge in­for­mal car show.

Street Ma­chine As­so­ci­a­tion of South Aus­tralia (SMASA) front­man and cham­pion of the cause, Glenn Stanke­vi­cius, said: “The event was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Min­is­ter’s of­fice and SMASA. We had just over a week to get it or­gan­ised, so there was a heavy Face­book cam­paign and lots of email­ing to get it done. We had planned to only ac­cept pre-reg­is­tered cars, but while we only had 453 reg­is­ter, we had be­tween 1000 and 1200 cars turn up on the day. We had the weather on our side for sure; it was a beau­ti­ful day.”

The event was a cel­e­bra­tion and in­for­ma­tion day for the newly ex­panded con­ces­sional scheme, and was free to at­tend. Clubs were in­vited to come along and ped­dle their wares to the mas­sive num­ber of pun­ters shop­ping for a club through which to reg­is­ter their mod­i­fied ride. SMASA alone gar­nered over 400 new mem­bers – an out­stand­ing re­sult.

It’s only early days, but the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the scheme is go­ing off with­out a hitch. “It’s been a lot of hard work to get to this point, but the ac­tual im­ple­men­ta­tion has been fairly straight­for­ward be­cause it’s only changes to an ex­ist­ing scheme, rather than a brand new scheme,” Glenn said. “From a SMASA per­spec­tive we’re just mak­ing a few changes to our con­sti­tu­tion to pro­tect our­selves and make sure the sys­tem doesn’t get abused.”

And what of lob­by­ists in other states who are fight­ing sim­i­lar bat­tles? “Stick to your guns and don’t take no for an an­swer; you just have to keep plug­ging away,” Glenn said. “I’ve had a lot of luck with petrol­heads in the right places, and it helps to know peo­ple in gov­ern­ment that can help you along. Also, pre­sen­ta­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism are key; you can’t just rock up to a gov­ern­ment meet­ing in a T-shirt and jeans, and they’re go­ing to ask you lots ques­tions, so make sure you have the an­swers!”

Glenn was quick to em­pha­sise that this has been a lengthy bat­tle, and plenty of peo­ple have been in­volved in get­ting it over the line. “Thanks to ev­ery­one that helped out along the way, in par­tic­u­lar Stephen Mul­lighan MP and Matthew Leyson.”

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