With the amount of hype surrounding the release of Toyota and Subaru’s ZN6 platform, known here as the 86, GT86 and TRD 86, we felt as though we already knew the car intimately before we even saw it — its brilliance, all its features and yes, even its downsides. Sitting at the dealership after just being handed a nice new set of 86-emblazoned keys, it was a strange sensation to somehow know a car so well, even though we’d only just opened the door for the first time.
This past Saturday a world first event took place in down town Auckland City, named the RedBull Drift Shifters and masterminded by New Zealand’s own Mad Mike Whiddett, twelve drivers from New Zealand, America, Sweden, and Japan competed in what was possibly the world’s biggest ever pinball machine. Removing the judged aspect of drifting, points were scored using 30 proximity and angle sensors which were placed around the course and the various obstacles which lined it. In true pinball style, bonus points were given for getting hitting combinations of obstacles and getting as close as possible to the sensors
We’ve all seen them in toy stores, and most probably have thought, Damn those look good! Classic 1:24-scale models dumped over huge wheels and displaying about the same anatomically correct proportions as a Barbie doll. While there is no denying that DUB City models look great, attempting to emulate such a build in real life would take some serious work to get the car functional, and to not just be something that sits in your shed looking cool. For Morgan Corkill this is exactly what he set his mind to do when he took to his newly acquired 1972 Toyota KE20 Corolla with a grinder. Not afraid to jump head first into the project it soon escalated into a full-on custom build, but the end result was
Red Bull Drift Shifters hits Victoria St West in Auckland this Saturday between 12-3pm. The brain child of Mad Mike Whiddett, the event will see a move away from traditional judge-based drifting, and instead a host of proximity, angle and speed sensors will come into play on the pinball-inspired street circuit. Check out the video Red Bull have released explaining how the sensors work
The guys at Rapid Radio and Hotwire are having a huge one-day sale this Saturday at both stores from 9am to 5pm. With massive savings of up to 70% on everything, forget buying Christmas presents and treat yourself. There is also two very special NZPC reader only deals that are not to be missed. JVC 12-inch 1200 watt subwoofer, normally $199 for NZPC readers only $29 (limit of 100 units and only one per person). Also Fusion 6×9 speakers normally $99 for NZPC readers only $49 (limit of 50 units and only one per person). Just take along some proof that you have read this post to take advantage of these awesome deals
I feel as though I should start this article with a little full disclosure: I’ve never liked RX-8s. I’ve always thought that Mazda’s last surviving rotary is unattractive, underpowered, over-thirsty and uninspired, so when Mazda New Zealand called up the NZPC offices and told me they had an RX-8 they thought I should borrow for a while, I wasn’t
We’ve been looking forward to this all year – the NZPC Summer Tour kicks off this weekend at Fram Autolite Dragway in Meremere and it’s looking like it’s going to be amazing. Hundreds of cool cars, thousands of people and plenty of sunshine (hopefully!)
Remember, the event is free and everyone is welcome, so make sure you get along and help our scene by showing your face and getting social. Gates open at Midday and the event runs until 3PM. For more information, make sure you check out the event page and Facebook page for more details!