PH FLEET: MAZDA RX-8
Dale's Mazda is adopting German citizenship ... once the papers are in order
So here's what I've been up to. First off, I now have my Certificate of Conformity via a very helpful Mazda UK admin bloke. Costing 75 quid to me (or nothing to the first registered keeper), this expensive piece of paper is vital to show that my car and its Wankel motor were built to European standards and not Japanese, Egyptian or Martian ones.
Incidentally, getting your CoC is an adventure in itself. Try Googling for it first, like I did, and you will find a dozen companies charging anywhere from €150 to €1,000 for the exact same piece of paper. And all they "do" is phone the same manufacturer helplines I did. Oh, and process your credit card for a ridiculous amount. So just ignore them, and pick up the phone to the manufacturer.
I took the V5 to the testing centre here and, of course, they said they don't need the CoC if the V5 has the magic number on it. Damn and blast. Still, it looks good in my document folder...
So with my UK paperwork in order (V5, bill of sale, proof of ownership and magic European Type Approval number) it was time to get the other stuff sorted. My new (second-hand) Volks Racing alloys don't come with papers, and neither does the de-cat (ha ha, as if it would). So they're coming off for test day. My H&R springs do have papers though, so they can stay on as long as I take the papers with me and then they'll be entered into the new German logbook as a valid modification. On the same note I had an awesome plan to buy this gorgeous Invidia cat-back system as it's got ABE and can be put into the logbook at the same time as the springs. But common sense (and the bank account) stopped me.
Costing less than £200 a set on UK eBay, the same scheinwerfers (literal translation is 'shine-throwers') cost no less than €850 in German left-hand-drive spec. That's the price of the aforementioned rainbow-tipped exhaust, damnit. But without them the Rex can't pass TuV, and I just can't bring myself to do it. It's cracking on for a month's wages here in the impoverished Eifel.
Then it will be back to driving, and many more laps of the Nurburgring will ensue. See, I told you it was all plans and no action....
Car: Mazda RX-8
Run by: Dale Lomas
Bought: December 2011
Mileage: Fewer than 300 since last report :(
Purchase price: £2,800
Last month at a glance: Ordering pieces of paper to pass the German MOT