Nice work MOTAT; Stuff reports:
It may be the end of the road for one boy racer but it's the start of a whole new educational journey for the thousands who flock to Auckland's Motat.The Western Springs-based transport and technology museum is proudly displaying its latest acquisition - the first car crushed in New Zealand under new Government legislation.The flattened Nissan Laurel was purchased by Motat through a Trade Me auction for $818 - with proceeds going to Youthline.The car was crushed on June 21 at Lower Hutt's Macaulay Metals after Paraparaumu boy racer Daniel Briant was caught doing burnouts just three hours after his third conviction.It was shipped to Motat's secure off-site storage facility while a special stand was erected for the End of the Road exhibition.Museum exhibitions manager Paul Swift said the process of obtaining the car was fairly quick.''We wanted to do something with it that wasn't flat. This is the most striking way to do it,'' he said of the vertical display.''It's five metres tall.''Staff are still deciding how long the car will be on show for.''We will be gauging feedback from visitors,'' Swift said.Marketing manager Deanna Wharton said a group of Greenhithe School students were among the first to check out the wreck.''It got a lot of 'wows'.''Seven year-old Sophie Groen said the car was ''really, really cool''.Her father Mark Groen was impressed by how flat it was.''It's about the only thing they care about - their car,'' he says of boy racers.''This will certainly be a deterrent.''