FU­TURE SHOCK

Street Machine - - Your Stuff -

HAVE we reached ‘peak street ma­chine’? Why aren’t we talk­ing about the fu­ture? Why aren’t car en­thu­si­asts, as a col­lec­tive group, in con­stant dis­cus­sions with our gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing our fu­ture?

With the re­cent an­nounce­ment of GM go­ing all-elec­tric, Porsche only rac­ing elec­tric, most of Europe ban­ning fos­sil fuel-pow­ered ve­hi­cle sales by 2040 – the list goes on – what does the fu­ture hold for street ma­chine en­thu­si­asts and the af­ter­mar­ket in­dus­try that sup­ports them? A re­cent study in­di­cated that the elec­tric car in­dus­try could re­sult in 90 per cent of the jobs in the au­to­mo­tive af­ter­mar­ket in­dus­try be­com­ing re­dun­dant.

Car events across the coun­try are grow­ing and are at record lev­els, but is this as good as it’s go­ing to get, right here, right now? Through­out the years of Street Ma­chine, how many ar­ti­cles have started off with: “My old man bought a <in­sert mus­cle car here> when I was grow­ing up and that was our fam­ily car”? Well that whole gen­er­a­tion and cul­ture is dis­ap­pear­ing. It sad­dens me that my daugh­ters will most likely have to go to their high school for­mal in elec­tric cars, and it in­fu­ri­ates me that I will never be able to walk into a Holden deal­er­ship and buy an Aus­tralian-made mus­cle car ever again, or quite pos­si­bly even a V8 car.

With the demise of Holden and Ford, the roots of our hobby are gone, and they’re not com­ing back, ever. That is a truly great tragedy; we should have done more. If there has ever been a time for car en­thu­si­asts (no mat­ter what you fol­low) to stick to­gether, it’s now. If we don’t, we’re not go­ing to get the chance to de­cide if our hobby lives on or gets forced from us by gov­ern­ment poli­cies. Da­mon Frizzell, email

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