Mo­tor sports en­thu­si­asm im­presses Min­is­ter Koya

Fiji Sun - - Sunbiz - RACHNA LAL

T he Pen­rite Car Show held at the Hand­i­craft Cen­tre Carpark in Suva did not fail to im­press the Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya. A mo­tor en­thu­si­ast and a biker him­self, Mr Koya made him­self avail­able for the evening to see for him­self what the mo­torists here have been able to achieve.

“This is great – so won­der­ful. It is nice to see so many tal­ented guys around the coun­try who en­joy so much what they do with their cars,” he said. “What they do to a nor­mal car, it is about be­ing cre­ative too. We have a lot of peo­ple around the coun­try who love this.” Mr Koya said the car shows seem to be grow­ing ev­ery year – both in terms of par­tic­i­pa­tion and spec­ta­tors.

“I see all these won­der­ful ve­hi­cles around that have been done by the own­ers them­selves,” he said. “They ob­vi­ously buy them and get it in but they do a lot of work on the ve­hi­cles them­selves.” He ac­knowl­edged the ef­forts of both the el­der gen­er­a­tion with the likes of cham­pion racer, Ravin­dra Nath as well the younger gen­er­a­tion. “Some of the younger guys here are so cre­ative – from the en­gine to other mod­i­fi­ca­tions they have done to their cars - it is just phe­nom­e­nal,” he said.

“Me per­son­ally I love it and it is so great that so many Fi­jians are in­volved in such things and it is the younger gen­er­a­tion who are pas­sion­ate about this.”

Eco­nomic ben­e­fits

It is not only about pas­sion but the larger eco­nomic ben­e­fits which spin out of this, Mr Koya em­pha­sised.

“This is great and great pass-time to spruce up your day,” he said. “But the eco­nomic ben­e­fits goes from the car deal­ers to peo­ple bring­ing in spe­cific parts, the spe­cial­ist tyres, the spe­cial­ist fuel and other spe­cial­ist parts that peo­ple use in their cars.

“There­fore, it is a good sign for the econ­omy whether Fi­jians do this as a pass-time or as an in­ter­est. “They can spend money on it and in turn in the econ­omy. It is bet­ter than be­ing out on the streets do­ing noth­ing.”

Pos­i­tive re­sponse

Mean­while, the re­sponse from both the spec­ta­tors and the par­tic­i­pants was very pos­i­tive.

En­trants spent thou­sands of dol­lars build­ing their show cars and drove down from the Western Di­vi­sion to par­tic­i­pate as en­trants and spec­ta­tors.

Photo: RACHNA LAL

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