You’ve heard the phrase “earning your stripes” and one Australian man is trying to do just that, but in a non-traditional way. He is actually working with fellow car enthusiasts to get legislation changed in South Australia in order to have his ‘70 Corvette, and many other affected cars, be legal to drive in the state. What’s the problem with the Corvette, you ask? It has blue stripes that aren’t factory original to the car. Check out the crazy case in the TodayTonight video above, compliments of CorvetteBlogger.
Vladimir Astashkevich loves classic cars and his ‘70 Corvette Stingray is a gem. Not only is it a beloved third-generation car and one that represents the shark body well, it also has a unique story. The C3 was actually once owned by Jeannie C. Riley, the voice behind the 1968 hit song “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
After the star bought the Corvette, she had blue stripes and tiny stars painted on the white car. While this unique paint job adds character to the Corvette, it is causing Astashkevich a lot of trouble.
As it turns out, the state of South Australia has legislation that requires any left-hand drive car that is over 30 years old be presented in its “original state” with all aspects of the vehicle being identical to those produced at the factory. This legislation even applies to paint color.
So when Astashkevich took his car down to Adelaide, South Australia’s Regency Park to get its road-worthy inspection done, the car was denied registration because its blue stripes Corvette are not original or a 1970 factory option.
The Corvette isn’t the only car that has been denied registration under the South Australia legislation either. Many car owners have actually been denied the ability to drive legally in the state because their cars don’t match the registration criteria.
Cars have actually been denied registration for something as silly as a fan blade being blue rather than black. South Australia will even go as far as denying registration for a classic car if it doesn’t have an original radio or if pre-1967 cars have been fitted with seatbelts.
It may sound crazy, but there is apparently a reason behind the legislation.
According to Julie Holmes of South Australia’s Registration and Licensing Department, the legislation is in place to maintain the authenticity of classic automobiles. While this is a noble idea, there is no use maintaining authenticity when drivers can’t drive their cars because of a paint job, safety upgrade or the fact that the only available replacement part isn’t original.
As you’d expect, this legislation has caused an uproar among classic car enthusiasts in South Australia and they are working together with local car clubs to try to get the rules changed. Unfortunately for now, Astashkevich will either have to paint his car, change it to right-hand drive or go buy a piece of land in a neighboring state in order to be able to register his car.