MILE­STONES

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The Low Vol­ume Ve­hi­cle Tech­ni­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (LVVTA), the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­spon­si­ble for mod­i­fied ve­hi­cle reg­u­la­tions on be­half of the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment, is set to cel­e­brate its 25th an­niver­sary later this year. In late June, the as­so­ci­a­tion achieved an­other great mile­stone: pro­duc­ing its 150,000th cer­ti­fi­ca­tion plate. The mile­stone plate was is­sued for a 2003 Ford Fal­con owned by Auckland’s Scott Burmeis­ter, pic­tured above on the right. Scott, the owner of Gray and Galpin Panel­beat­ers, con­verted a dam­aged 2003 Ford Fal­con sta­tion wagon into the dou­ble-cab ute seen here, ex­tend­ing the wheel­base and adding a ute rear end, do­ing all the work him­self. The mod­i­fi­ca­tions were done in such a way that the ve­hi­cle looks fac­tory in all as­pects, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of built-in chas­sis con­nec­tors to re­in­force its struc­ture. Due to the mono­coque de­sign, plenty of re­in­force­ment was required to en­sure that the ve­hi­cle’s strength re­mained in­tact. How­ever, Clint Field, the LVV cer­ti­fier who in­spected the ve­hi­cle, couldn’t have been hap­pier with the struc­tural in­tegrity and stan­dard of work­man­ship on the Fal­con. In ad­di­tion to the body and chas­sis mod­i­fi­ca­tions, the Fal­con was cer­ti­fied for 20x8.5-inch and 20x9.5-inch wheels, a cus­tom drop tank, and rear bucket seats. Scott’s ve­hi­cle is pow­ered by a fac­tory-op­tioned 5.4-litre quad-cam ‘Boss’ V8 en­gine backed by a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Scott Burmeis­ter for pulling off the build, and to the LVVTA for reach­ing such a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone — 150,000 mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles on the road can’t be wrong. We are grate­ful for the LVVTA’s con­tri­bu­tion to keep­ing car cus­tomiza­tion alive in New Zealand.

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