Hello Taranaki! We’ll be stopping in to meet up with other enthusiasts and see what cars you have to show off.
Stop 4: Saturday, March 8, Marine Park, Waitara — 1–3pm
As you might know, we’ve decided to stop past sunny Taranaki during this year’s NZPC Summer Tour!
This is a great chance for everyone to bring their cars down, park up on the grass at Marine Park in Waitara and chill out under the Summer sun.
As always, these events are simply a casual get together — a chance to meet up with other enthusiasts and show off your cars, not your ability to skid a car, of course with the NZPC photographers present! Thanks to our friends at NAC Insurance, there is no entry fee and anyone is free to come and go as they please — the only people that aren’t welcome are those that plan to cause trouble or otherwise ruin a sweet day out.
IMPORTANT: We had previously advertised this to be on March 1 in the magazine, but clashes have meant we have moved the date to the following Saturday, March 8.
The meet runs for two hours between 1pm and 3pm — lets get the word out!
The Taranaki Council have been good enough to let us use this area, so please treat it with respect — especially the grass, there’s just no need to rip it up and it’s going to be mighty expensive if it gets damaged. Police will also be made aware that the event is taking place.
Check out the event on Facebook for more information and to spread the word.
Wow what a turnout we had in the South over the weekend for the third stop on our Nationwide NZPC Summer Tour. With the weather turning it on and many convoys organised by out-of-towners, Stop 3 was easily the biggest we have had this summer. Thanks to all those who came along to the South New Brighton Domain, despite the ongoing road works in the area. With hundreds of cool cars packing the park to capacity, it looks like next year we may need a bigger venue. We have put together a gallery from the day, but be sure to checkout full coverage in NZPC 208 – on shelves March 3. We must extend a huge thanks to Both NAC Insurance and the Christchurch City council for their support in making the event possible.
It’s been an extremely hectic month here in the NZPC offices, doing what we do best, travelling the country documenting all things import-related. Following a quick break over Christmas, it was straight back into the full swing of things with the lead up to the 2014 V 4&Rotary Nationals. This year the 4&Rotary team brought over five drag cars and the ETS Hilux, making it one of the biggest nationals to date, including plenty of PB’s and the fastest 4-cylinder pass and side-by-side passes by imports ever run on New Zealand soil. Befittingly, NZPC 207 is jam-packed full of V 4&Rotary Nationals coverage, from both the drags and show-n-shine. Not to be out shined by the Aussies, we have a solid line-up of local feature cars all punching above 300kW at the wheels. We also took the opportunity to show case the world’s fastest Nissan, the Infiniti G35 of Scott Porter. This is a world-class car running an amazing billet VQ35 capable of 2450hp and running 235MPH.
You won’t believe the amount of work that goes into running this car, and it earned Scott his two Factory Extreme championships and the title of the world’s fastest Nissan .From high horsepower drag cars to big power street cars, on the cover we have Frank Perez’s R33 killing a set of 325 Perilli P-Zeros. Currently making 650kW at the wheels on pump gas and ‘mild tune’ street cars don’t come much tougher than this R33.Morgan Schwass lifts the bonnet on his immaculate NZPC 300kW club KE20. Yip that’s right, this little Toyota is packing some serious fire power in the form of a 303kW 7A-GTE.
During our recent trip to Nelson for the NZPC Summer Tour we caught up with Jonothon Whyte and checked out his 520kW, 10 second FD RX-7. A seven-year labour of love that has seen the RX-7 go from stock standard to face melter!
Other features include a recap of rounds 2 and 3 of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship, resident J-Side staffer Aaron Mai hangs out with ZERO-1 street crew in Kobe and we go for a roll with Ben Phillips in his daily driven Toyota AE85. This month’s Weekend Workshop tackles the age old problem of dead car batteries. We also head back to school for a three-part suspension guide, with step one — a lesson in wheel alignments and exactly what each adjustment will mean to the way your car handles. Don’t forget, if you haven’t already, subscribe to the magazine to save a tonne of cash and have it delivered directly to your door. Checkout giveamag for the latest deal.
Botany is no longer your one-and-only stop for a day of entertainment. Wairau now has its very own Xtreme Entertainment venue.
It’s filled to the brim with ways to fill that last week of school holidays — ten pin bowling, dodgems, Megazone laser tag, Timezone, and a Kidzone softplay for 12-year-olds and under.
If you get along to either Xtreme on a Tuesday, they have their “two for $10″ promotion. You can try any two attractions for $10. If you get there on a Thursday, it’s “half-price day” so every attraction is half price.
Found yourself babysitting? Let the kids loose in the Megazone laser tag experience. This virtual laser gun war will see them venturing through neon rooms, battling it out team-versus-team. If they enjoyed their first game for only $10, send them through again with two games priced at $15.
With 90 cars entered in the 2014 V 4 & Rotary Nationals drag day on Sunday, January 26, the biggest ever line-up of Australian cars shipped over, perfect weather leading up and tons of track prep, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out there would be plenty of action to see at Fram Autolite Dragway. Eager fans wouldn’t have to wait long to see some great action, with the first round of Pro Imports throwing it down. Heading into the event, RIPS Racing’s MGAWOT III was teasing us with running a 7-second pass, but having suffered a few frustrating breakages the team had not quite got there during the R32 GT-R’s first two outings. This time however, things all fell into place and with 30psi dialled into the RB32DET, Robbie went 7.80 @ 288kph to go under his own national record.
What a weekend that was! Now that we’ve finally been able to clear the smell of polish, wax and methanol from our nasal passages, it’s incredible to sit back and let the fact that another V 4&Rotary Nationals is over for another year sink in. With 2014 being one of the best shows yet, and the drags set to go off the next day at Meremere, we can’t wait to see how Azhar Bhamji and his dedicated team at 4&Rotary Promotions are going to up the game next year. Thanks to all those people that came past our stand to say hi and have a chat, as always, there’s nothing more satisfying than meeting the guys and girls that make this magazine possible!
We’ve just gone to print on the next issue, which includes full Nationals coverage and comes out in stores this coming weekend. Make sure you pick up a copy for the full story, or you can subscribe here and save a butt-tonne of money and time! Until then, check out our huge gallery of images below:
With the V 4 & Rotary Nationals right around the corner, we felt that it was best if we gave you a quick rundown on what you can expect this weekend! With many different cars coming over from Australia to compete in the drags, and Nigel Petrie’s Engineered to Slide truck, this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best yet.
Auckland’s Andrew Redward (Achilles Radial Mazda RX7 V8) is the latest Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship round winner after a thrilling final battle, coming up against second round winner, and now runaway series points leader, ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett (Red Bull/Speedhunters Mazda RX7) at the ASB Baypark Arena stadium in Mount Maunganui yesterday.
Whiddett now has a 77.5 point lead over three-time former D1NZ champion Gary ‘Gaz’ Whiter (Tectaloy Nissan S13 V8), but after being forced to sit out the second round after shoulder surgery Redward — who finished seventh at the first 2013/14 season round — is now fifth, just half a point behind fourth placed 2011/12 Cody’s D1NZ champ Curt Whittaker (Autosure Warranties 2JZ Nissan Skyline R34), and one behind third-placed series young gun Nico Reid (Luxury Sports Nissan S15).
With mechanical issues of one sort or anyone seeing local hero Cole Armstrong (V Energy Nissan Skyline R34) fail to qualify, Gaz Whiter and top Auckland driver Zak Pole (Clubauto Insurance/Rollei Acton Cameras Nissan Skyline R33) forced to borrow cars to qualify and battle with after gearbox or engine issues with their own, and both V8 Supercar ace Shane Van Gisbergen (BOC Gases/Racestuff Ford Falcon V8) and Sky Zhoa (2 Degrees/CRC Nissan 700Z) left stranded by broken clutches, several drivers — Andrew Redward amongst them — had byes in the first (Top 32) run of battles.