The crushing of a boy racers dream car, now a display at MOTAT museum

I was called up to cover the receipt of a winning bid on Trademe auction site: A flattened compacted Nissan was waiting for the MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) team who had flown down to collect the future display personally. The car is the first to be crushed as part of new “boy racer” legislation designed to discourage the phenomenon which is pretty entrenched in Kiwi culture now.

The move caused a fair bit of polarity in the community and as a result in the media as well. I’m looking forward to what MOTAT are going to do with the wreck. It would be an interesting piece for display flat on the wall- its the same shape as it was prior, just a whole lot thinner now…

The photo I took as it appeared in the Dominion Post July 12, 2012.

What do you think? It’s a bold move by the government – is it in the right direction?

Another view showing how really flat the car is now. Capture images of Paul Swift and Deanna Wharton from MOTAT taking delivery of a crushed car at Macaulay Metals Ltd, Seaview Road, Lower Hutt.

TV 1 were there filming when I arrived. Their video which was on the news last night is viewable here: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/crushed-mangled-and-headed-museum-video-4965150

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