GLENN Stankevicius, of the Street Machine Association of South Australia (SMASA), is quickly becoming a household name among South Australian denizens with modified classic rides. With sheer persistence and some sort of planetary alignment, he’s managed to convince the SA Government to extend the current Conditional Registration scheme beyond stocker vehicles to include modified cars and motorcycles at least 30 years old (search ‘conditional rego’ on for the full lowdown). We caught up with him to hear about his David-and- Goliath battle.

Goliath battle.

Many of us never thought we’d see the day – how’d you do it?

It took many years and a lot of help. The process had already begun before I jumped on board in 2004. I started helping the SMASA representative, Romeo Rubino, in a group that consisted of peak SA car club bodies, including the rodders and historic guys.

What were you aiming for?

We were shooting for cars with minor mods to access the logbook scheme, which gives you three months’ rego spread out over the year, if your car meets the criteria and is given the nod by inspectors in approved clubs. At that stage the State Government had just changed the process and removed a lot of cars from accessing it, including my ’66 Galaxie sedan, which only ran a set of Weld wheels and LPG. When they closed all of the perceived gaps to make only stock cars eligible, the Special Interest Vehicle proposal kicked off, purely to claw back some of the conditions that were taken away.

What was it like plugging away on this for over a decade?

The rodders had won access to it four years ago, but nothing happened for the street machiners until we had a change of government in 2014. I can’t speak highly enough of the Hon. Stephen Mullighan, the current Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, and his staff. He understands the street machine scene – he gets cars and owned an HT Kingswood. We finally have the right people in the right place at the right time.

To keep reassuring the SMASA members and affiliates that it was all going well, I created the Street Machine Conditional Registration For SA Facebook page.

Are the proposed changes all you hoped for?

They’re better! As of 1 July 2017 the cars that are logbook-worthy can be legally modified, as well as left-hand-drives with safety modifications.

Plus it’ll be a rolling 30 years – that’ll cover VLs and XFs. There’ll also be reduced paperwork and responsibility on clubs. We lobbied to get all levels of legal modification on board and it’ll be up to the owner to prove any high-end modifications are approved with the relevant paperwork.

What do the new laws mean for you personally?

I will be able to drive my modified FE sedan when I want, at any time of the year. Currently I put three months’ rego on it in summer and hope to months’ rego on it in summer and hope to get my money’s worth. It’s not cheap rego, it’s fair rego, as it’s pay-for-use. It also gives me the hurry-up to finish my red-on-red FC pano, which has an HR front end, 186, Aussie four-speed, Torana diff and pumped guards so I can fit some big rubber under there – 265s on a perfect set of jellybean mags, if I can squeeze it!

Where to from here?

There are no roadblocks from the government, so it’s pedal to the metal in working out the finer details. I’ll stay involved, as SMASA is important – we pick up where other governing bodies drop off. There’s no definition in SMASA’s constitution for a street machine, nor is there a requirement to have a car to join. If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough to be a SMASA member.

When they closed all of the gaps to make only stock cars eligible, the SIV proposal kicked off, to claw back some of the conditions that were taken away