Crushed car raises money for charity
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 7:31a.m.
Even more mileage is being squeezed from the first car to be crushed under anti-boy racer laws, as the metal carcass is being auctioned to raise money for charity.
Macauley Metals, the company that last month crushed the Nissan Laurel that used to belong to Paraparaumu 19-year-old Daniel Briant has put it up for auction on Trade Me. The auction closes at 3pm on tomorrow, with proceeds going to Youthline.
Called "a crushing fairytale auction" the vendor describes the car as "a spunky little Nissan Laurel" that was caught out having too much fun.
However, the car wanted its legacy to be remembered through a good deed and the "more streamlined" vehicle's proceeds would go to a worthy charity supporting young people.
The auction has sparked dozens of cheeky questions, all of which received a dry-witted response.
More than 90,000 people had viewed the auction on Sunday afternoon, but bidding had reached only $420.
Macauley Metals managing director Jeff Harris said they had cleared the auction with police first, and decided to donate the money to Youthline because there were "synergies" with youth problems and boy racers.
The car was worth up to $200 in scrap value.
Mr Harris, perhaps optimistically, suggested Te Papa could be interested for its historical value, but a few student pubs had put bids in.
"It's not the most attractive thing to look at. It's just a crushed car. Who knows, they might look at hanging it from the roof of a pub," he told NZ Newswire.
Briant lost his car under the Sentencing (Vehicle Confiscation) Amendment Act, which requires a car to be seized and destroyed following a third illegal street racing offence.
His family did not want to comment on the auction.
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9/07/2012 8:57:28 a.m.
Charity would have benefitted more if the car had been autioned off in its original state. I can't see the point in this crushing business. Do we crush the boats of fishing criminals or just sell them off?
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