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10-20-2010, 12:31 PM
NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual

Transfer of Ownership from NZHRA to LVVTA

Prepared by the Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association (Inc), & the New Zealand Hot Rod Association (Inc), October 20 2010.


This document has been prepared for the specialist motoring media to announce to their readership that the transfer of ownership of the New Zealand Hot Rod Association’s (NZHRA) NZ Hobby Car Manual (HCTM) to the Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association Inc (LVVTA) has taken place on October 15 2010.

Background of the NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual

The NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual was a New Zealand Hot Rod Association (NZHRA) initiative (released January 2007) that made the next step from NZHRA’s original Code of Construction Manual (COCM) written in 1991 and released in 1992 when New Zealand’s LVV certification system commenced. The original COCM was also an NZHRA initiative, which was necessary given the absence of any other inspection guidelines needed as part of the LVV certification inspection process. The Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association (LVVTA) was only being formed that very same year, so NZHRA was leading the way forward in combating the new rules being introduced at the time by the Government.

After 8 years of use, it was recognised by NZHRA and LVVTA that the COCM had passed its use-by date, and a much better document needed to be developed to cover extensively modified and scratch-built vehicles. Again, NZHRA took the initiative, and work commenced in 2001, and the new Hobby Car Technical Manual (HCTM) was completed and introduced in January of 2007, with the support of LVVTA during the development process.

One of the objectives of the HCTM was to create a true ‘hobby car’ manual, rather than being specific to hot rods, as the COCM was. With input during the development of the HCTM from other enthusiast organisations, the HCTM provides for most hobby vehicles to such an extent that other LVVTA Member Associations no longer have a need to develop their own technical manuals to deal with the extensively modified and scratch-built vehicles modified and built by their respective memberships. The NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual now forms, from a practical stand-point, an integral and vital part of the LVV certification system in New Zealand.

Recent events

For a number of years, LVVTA and NZHRA have spoken loosely about the long-term possibility of shifting the ownership of the HCTM to LVVTA. The sale has happened this year, primarily due to a need to have the Hobby Car Technical Manual incorporated by reference into New Zealand’s transport legislation in order to remove any uncertainty as to the legal status of the document. Because it is such an integral part of the LVV certification system, its legal position should be in no doubt.

The Hobby Car Technical Manual’s position within the LVV system shifts to firmer ground as the HCTM comes under the ownership of LVVTA, because of the formal relationship that exists between NZTA and LVVTA, whereas there is no direct relationship between NZTA and NZHRA.

There are other reasons for proposing the ownership change now, but in essence, LVVTA and NZHRA believe that the concept of the HCTM shifting under the LVVTA’s ownership so it can become an integral and legally-binding part of the LVV certification system is a logical and necessary evolution of the LVV system, and it can only be a very positive long-term move for all hobby car enthusiasts in New Zealand.

Development of the Sale Agreement

NZHRA has achieved its goal of meeting the needs of its membership by developing the HCTM, and have attained the necessary assurance that the needs of its membership will continue to be met under this agreement with LVVTA. Obviously this agreement has been subject to certain conditions, established for the long-term protection of NZHRA Members, including maintaining preferential purchase rates for NZHRA Members, and the ability for NZHRA to have a high degree of input into any proposed changes that LVVTA may wish to make to the HCTM in the future.

During the next few years, NZHRA will continue to market and sell the Hobby Car Technical Manual on LVVTA’s behalf, and will also circulate Manual updates as they are developed by LVVTA, via a distribution agreement that has been set up as part of the sale agreement.

In summary:

The transfer of ownership of the HCTM from NZHRA to LVVTA is a long-term strategic exercise to ensure that the NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual is positioned where it will add the most value to the LVV certification system, and therefore go the greatest distance towards safe-guarding the car building and modifying hobby in New Zealand.

The ability for NZHRA Members, and other modified and scratch-built vehicle enthusiasts, to continue to build and modify cars is where NZHRA’s concerns lie. By looking at the big picture, it is clear that NZHRA’s best chance of safeguarding the hot rodding hobby is by having the NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual living with the rest of the LVV certification system and managed by the LVVTA, whose systems, and relationships with the Government agencies, give hot rodders and other vehicle modifiers and builders in New Zealand the best possible chances of continuing to enjoy the hobby as we know it.

10-23-2010, 10:54 AM
Whoever put this treacherous "fait accompli" deal together has effectively sold the NZHRA and Rodders in general down the river. Let me explain, IMHO,

The Hobby Car Manual is a ground breaker and a splendidly admirable document for the home builder and professional fabricator. Written under NZHRA auspices, and thereby owned by "us" it was something we are/were all immensely proud of, and the envy of more than a few gearhead groups the world over. Even more, it was our own reference document, and as such it insulated us a step further away from government bureaucracies, the LTA in particular, who would dismissively deprive us of the freedom to practise our hobby.

The overseas trend for government to deal with small ex mainstream regulation interest/lobby groups is to slowly "bureaucratise" these groups under the guise of partnership, and gently load them up with rules and regulations in order to make them cumbersome and easy to deal with.

Ultimately these groups become a part of the main bureaucracy to the extent where their effectiveness is reduced to a level whereby they are effectively neutered. This is usually done by allocating the target group an income stream at the discretion of the main "parent" bureaucracy. Toe the party line or we cut off the money. Classic cases in point across the Tasman are various state Street Rod groups and the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, all effectively neutered and bureaucratised.

Now we have nothing between us and the LTA but the LVVTA. And now the LVVTA is effectively standing alone before the LTA with nothing but verbal support from member groups to bolster it, now not even able to say, "well, look at the NZHRA and the way they look after their own, with their own inspectorate and that awesome technical manual they wrote themselves, thats the quality of our membership groups". Gone.

So, with the flick of a pen and a few more pieces of silver, not only is the LVVTA within range of the LTA, so now is "our" Hobby Car Manual.
What have we got left????

10-24-2010, 01:55 AM
Rodbolt,between your IMHO & JM2CW,very GOOD words.How & WHY did this happen??

10-24-2010, 09:51 AM
I suspect a (classic) case of the family silver being sold to pay the servants wages.
Of course the rights to the Hobby Car Manual may not have been wholly owned by the NZHRA. Others, the author, for example, may have had a call as well.
Perhaps our NZHRA President can clarify.

fun rodding
10-24-2010, 12:03 PM
Rodbolt you nailed it dead right there.

Ah now the problems will begin, That Australian system has been sold down the gurgler and controlled by a few, in some states here there is major problems with Hot Rodding rego schemes now and you guys haven't learnt from the cock ups here.

Fast forward 20 years from now. Remember those Hot Rods that used to get around 20 or so years ago, some little ego brain that could get control of the department over night could kill Hot Rodding in N.Z with a new pen in time to come. We see it here all the time some Uni Graduate gets control of something and writes a new justification B.S. paper under the guise of safety or whatever justification they desire to write and all is gone.

I hope the sale of this went out to members of the NZHRA who set this all up for approval first.

What next a change to you fender laws ??? then indicator lights must be fitted to the side of a vehicle and padded dashes etc etc, with my own experience here, over night my 33 roadster was going to suddenly have to have a roll over protection stystem and a padded dash, watch out now boys someone else has control.

10-24-2010, 12:09 PM
I too am a bit concerned at the "thin end of the wedge" effect. :eek:

fun rodding
10-24-2010, 12:12 PM
That is what you drive into the trunk of a tree when you want it to fall over isn't it :eek:

Go to the HAMB board and take a look at this link

Took this pic today at the news stand

10-24-2010, 12:58 PM
That is what you drive into the trunk of a tree when you want it to fall over isn't it :eek:

Yep the "thin end of the wedge" effect has toppling many great things.

10-25-2010, 06:03 PM
I hope the sale of this went out to members of the NZHRA who set this all up for approval first.

Yes, I cannot remember voting on this issue......