The member of my camp that has the most experience with MV applications lives 2000 miles away. He has already submitted applications for 2 existing MV's.
I submitted applications for several new ones that are being built here in Colorado. I felt it was better to go ahead and get the application in than to wait for better artwork or photos.
The vehicles are big, provide service to the playa, and will be radically illuminated. They are completely mutated or built from scratch, no schoolbus with some paint on the side and paper-mache on the hood.
I didn't realize that there were on the order of 1500 MV applications last year and that only about 600 were accepted (as I'm told by a local burner who has an MV--I haven't validated the claim).
This has me concerned because I just submitted some early sketches we had with our application, not really spectacular renderings of the vehicles. The ticket fiasco has slowed construction significantly (lost 75% of our labor and donors) and if the DMV wanted photos, what they'd get is things like a pile of plywood, a truck frame with a custom powertrain, and some box tube that has been cut but not welded yet.
Does anyone who is intimate with the process know if I have hurt my chances here? I don't really have a gauge of how far along the DMV wants us to be with the car in order to approve or disapprove the project. I also don't have a good sense of how the text, art, etc. are valued in the application process.
It seems ludicrous that the DMV would expect you to spend a few hundred man-hours and thousands of dollars to complete a project that may or may not be amenable to them, and has a 30% chance of being approved. On the other hand, I imagine that most of the rejected applications are golf carts with with some crap hung on them that are really just personal transportation attempts, and that they'd want some certainty that the project will actually be completed before approving it.
Thoughts, experiences on how this process works?
I'm guessing someone will ask, so here are the concepts:
1. Gypsy Wagon, body built from scratch to look like a traditional Gypsy Caravan, but big, with 2 stories. Roof deck, 1930's truck chassis (with spoke wheels, not Budds), gypsy readings and performers by day, party for 70 with wet bar by night.
2. School of gypsy wagons: 6 converted cooler-scooters that look like gypsy wagons. They spend most of their time racing around an AstroTurf track in our camp (no MV application required for that, as I understand it), but we want to be able to follow the big wagon like a school of fish giving away schwag (stuff promoted by the snake-oil salesman on the back of the big wagon).
3. Love Rocket Ajax, inspired by the War Rocket Ajax form the 1980 camp film "Flash Gordon". The "fuselage" is built form 2 airstream trailer bodies, delta-wing dance-floors, wet bar, custom structure (no truck frame, wheels are in the same positions they'd be in on an aircraft landing gear). Party for 50 at night, campy art tours during the day.
Cool concepts, my concern is getting through the application process alive. Input/feedback appreciated.
The road of life is littered with flat squirrels who couldn't decide.