John Brett

John is a professional engineer with 50 years experience.

John has designed and built many cars, trucks, and vehicle assembly facilities.

John has worked on design of roads, bridges, cranes, transmission towers, and buildings, and operation, maintenance and upgrade of hydro and gas turbine power stations.

John was a LVV Certifier for 13 years. John has long been a whistle-blower, expressing the view that the LVV system is dangerously deficient. John’s authority was revoked in December 2012.

John rides a 1992 Yamaha FJ1200ABS, and is also a keen road and off road cyclist.


“The LVVTA has brought it to my attention that statements I have made in relation to it and its employees may have been perceived as defamatory.

I sincerely regret that and apologise for any harm caused. I have taken down the statements identified by the LVVTA of concern to it.

I have strong views about the low volume vehicle certification process and intend in the future to direct my energies into the public inquiry now being held in relation to it.”

John Brett 7th October 2015


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What a Maloo!

We recently Certified suspension and wheels on this Holden Maloo

Now you hear it!

Holden says- “The Maloo R8 is a car that makes a statement when it’s are standing still and even more so when it moves.”

Wikipedia says
“The HSV Maloo is a performance coupe utility which has been produced by Holden Special Vehicles since October 1990. All versions of the Maloo have been based on the mainstream Holden Utes, but have featured high-performance V8 engines and body kits.[1] In June 2006, a regular production item Z-series Maloo R8 broke the record for the world’s fastest production utility/pickup truck, at 271 km/h, (168 mph) beating the previous record holder, a Dodge Ram SRT-10 by 22 km/h.[2]

The name ‘Maloo’ is also Aboriginal for ‘thunder’. HSV’s former Managing Director, John Crennan, coined the name for the vehicle from a book of Aboriginal place names.

It answers the question that some people still ask-
“Why modify a vehicle? The manufacturers must know best”
The answer is that not all people want the same thing-

Holden figured out that utes are not all used for carrying stuff.
Holden decided to make a MUSCLE CAR with a 6.0-litre V8, 307Kw, 6 speed box, sports tuned suspension, that just happens to be a Ute! (but with only 500Kg payload)
The Maloo is clearly NOT the Ute for Barry Crump to drive around the farm tracks then!

THIS Maloo is modified even further by Mag & Turbo Wharehouse North Shore, with HSD adjustable platform struts, 22 x 8 1/2 wheels and 245/30ZR22 tyres front, 22 x 9 1/2 wheels with 285/25 ZR 22 tyres rear !
A real show-stopper- and a real performance machine, if the owner cares to smoke that expensive rubber!

Holden built a very modified Ute, for those who want such a performance vehicle
Mag & Turbo took the concept even further for one lucky owner.

Nothing wrong with modifying cars- so long as they are properly LVV Certified so they are safe, the owner can handle it, and it’s for the purpose intended.

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