Apr 14, 2014 | Lara

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The marketplace is filled with too-good-to-be-true deals when it comes to parts for our cars, and unknowing purchasers can find themselves lumped with fake products that can be poorly built and cut into company profits.

Pirated wheels are being targeted by wheel manufacturer BBS to put a stop to fake wheels and their distributors. BBS’ efforts have already managed to put a stop to one international ring of counterfeiters.

Counterfeit products are being found to be sold on well-known online auction sites, and BBS warns that people who buy these products are not only buying a lower quality product, but they could be putting their lives in danger as well. Read the full story »

Apr 14, 2014 | Pedey

And there we have it, the last stop in the NZPC Summer Tour for the 2013/2014 season! Though its safe to say this weekend’s Wellington event well and truly confirmed that summer is over, the rain held out and the cars showed up in their hundreds. Thank you  to all those that came out for the afternoon to say hello, and a huge thumbs up to NAC Insurance for helping us to put on these events each summer, your support is most appreciated! Check out these photos from the day, and keep an eye out for NZPC issue #210, hitting stores April 28, for full coverage!

 

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Apr 9, 2014 | Lara

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High-tech grunt wrapped in rare Japanese tin — Leighton’s RB30DET C110 is a perfect marriage of Nissan power and nostalgia

New Zealanders have long had a love affair with the humble Datsun automobile. For many years, and certainly ever since we staffers can remember, we’ve seen all manner of 1200s, 1600s and the odd 240Z rolling round our fair shores. While it’s true that most of them were clapped-out shitters back in the day — they were many people’s first cars, after all — fortunes have changed for the humble Datsun in recent years. That’s thanks to an increasing scarcity of healthy examples, an explosion of old-school Kiwi car culture, and perhaps a new general worldwide appreciation of all things relating to nostalgic Japanese tin.  Read the full story »

Apr 8, 2014 | Lara

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We tap into the wealth of knowledge that PPRE’s head honcho Warren Overton has accumulated; in his 20 years working within the rotary industry, this man has seen it all. If you are looking to purchase second-hand rotary engine parts this is the article you need to read  Read the full story »

Apr 7, 2014 | Lara

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Local graphic designer Andrew Stewart, from AWS Graphics, has taken out the Falken Tire competition to design the livery for 2011 Formula Drift (FD) champion Dai Yoshihara’s 2014 Subaru BRZ. The entrants were to use Forza 5 to design their livery, and entries had to be submitted by January 31.

The contest brief outlined strict guidelines to be followed, and the contest press release listed what logos to include and a loose brief as to where they should go on the car. “Because of the experience I had working with sponsors I was able to read between the lines and understand what they wanted to produce the winning design,” Stewart later commented in an interview. Read the full story »

Apr 7, 2014 | Lara

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V8 Supercar star Shane Van Gisbergen, Richie Stanaway, and Nick Cassidy (who are both about to start racing in Europe), and V8 SuperTourer driver Andrew Waite, all had their careers kick-started by the annual SpeedSport Scholarship, and the 2014 round is now open for entries.

Founded in 2000, it is New Zealand’s most successful annual motor racing scholarship and it offers the winner a $50,000 prize package, including a season competing in the national Formula First championship.

This scholarship kick-starts the motor racing careers of young drivers and this year’s finalists will race off at Manfeild in mid-May to decide who the winner will be. Read the full story »

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