An op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence

Fiji Sun - - Comment - RACHNA LAL

Fiji is a small is­land na­tion with a pop­u­la­tion base not even reach­ing one mil­lion yet we con­tinue to punch above our weight in many ar­eas. Rugby 7s of course be­ing the ob­vi­ous one. Over the week­end, more tal­ent was wit­nessed in our mo­tor­ing in­dus­try dur­ing the Pen­rite Car Show.

Peo­ple have not only painted their cars to look beau­ti­ful, but the mod­i­fi­ca­tions spoke vol­umes of the ca­pa­bil­ity of our car en­thu­si­asts as well as the me­chan­ics who make this hap­pen. There are in­stances where peo­ple have bought ve­hi­cles at a cheaper cost, stripped it off its var­i­ous parts and re­built the ve­hi­cles – this is called real tal­ent. And is no won­der the Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya, de­cided to hand over spe­cial recog­ni­tion tro­phy to one of the guys who achieved this suc­cess­fully. This was the owner of the ve­hi­cle – JC4LYF. The car was stripped off and then re­built here lo­cally. For lo­cals to achieve this, it is in­deed tremen­dous. Who would have thought that we have would such skilled peo­ple? Hav­ing said so, this also opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties to get peo­ple trained into me­chan­i­cal field and for them to be able to work abroad and remit money back home. Not only was the ve­hi­cle mod­i­fi­ca­tions note­wor­thy but the con­cept of pre­sen­ta­tion – out of box think­ing – was re­mark­able.

Over 40 cars par­tic­i­pated in the Fiji Car Club’s first car show this year – a few hav­ing to be turned down from par­tic­i­pa­tion be­cause of late ar­rival and no space. Spec­ta­tors con­tin­ued flow­ing in run­ning in ex­cess of 750 – a mile­stone achieve­ment for the car club.

Peo­ple spent thou­sands of dol­lars get­ting their cars ready and for sure, rainy weather con­di­tions the past week did not dampen their spir­its. Even though one may not think of it that way, but ev­ery dol­lar spent is be­ing in­jected into our econ­omy. There re­mains op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses to get into cus­tom im­por­ta­tion of mo­tor parts. Most car en­thu­si­asts cur­rently have to im­port their own parts etc be­cause of non-avail­abil­ity of the parts they need.

This gap can be filled if some­one starts to im­port the prod­ucts based on spec­i­fi­ca­tion – it might even be cheaper and boost fur­ther in­vest­ments and up­grades.

Fiji Car Club is all about pro­mot­ing bet­ter driv­ing skills and safer roads so don’t get con­fused by think­ing that the club is only about rac­ing and speed.

It is the av­enue for rac­ing pro­vided by the club which al­lows mem­bers to build their cars and race in­stead of rac­ing on our roads and cre­at­ing a big risk.

Peo­ple have not only painted their car to look beau­ti­ful, but the mod­i­fi­ca­tions spoke vol­umes of the ca­pa­bil­ity of our car en­thu­si­asts as well as the me­chan­ics who make this hap­pen. There are in­stances where peo­ple have bought ve­hi­cles at a cheaper cost, stripped it off its var­i­ous parts and re­built the ve­hi­cles – this is called real tal­ent.

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