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by David Zalstein

The just-formed Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP) has announced it will contest the upcoming Federal Election.

Claimed to have been created to give the motoring enthusiast community a voice, those behind AMEP – a united car enthusiast action group called Grunt Files – lodged the appropriate documentation with the Australian Electoral Commission on Sunday before announcing the official formation of the party this week.

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With the intent to stand candidates for the Australian Senate in every State, AMEP’s formation is in direct response to “decisions being made by Government that potentially affect our sport, our hobby, our lifestyle, without any consultation with the motoring enthusiast community”.

Grunt Files organisers, Keith and Sharyn Littler, said via the group’s Facebook page, “We now have a political voice, we are now in a position to negotiate at a level previously unavailable to us.”

“The fact that we had more-than 1400 people register to become members of the party in less than one week, the fact that just a few people managed, in less than two weeks, to pull-together our community to allow this historic event to happen, the fact that a group of individuals made themselves available at short notice to allow the meeting to take place makes me proud to call myself a motoring enthusiast.”

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In a separate statement, Keith Littler said he was proud of what has been achieved by the motoring community and “proud of the unity that has been displayed by what had been previously portrayed as a minority rabble of outlaw motorists in hotted-up cars.

“We are no longer outcasts in our own country.”

The 2013 Federal Election takes place on September 14.