October is an exciting month in Honda racing, both in New Zealand and Internationally. For local fans, the Honda Cup North Summer Season opens this weekend at the Pukekohe 500, with the CRZ featuring as the safety car throughout the season.
Internationally, it has also been a very successful month for Honda, with a win in the Euro Civic at the BTCC (British Touring Cars Championship) and top two places in the ARC (Australian Rally Championship) with the Jazz.
This is all topped off by a tenth placing in the Euro Civic at the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship), making this the first time in the events history that a newcomer has placed.
We’re looking forward to seeing a whole slew of new cars in the Honda Cup this season – it sounds like everyone has stepped it up!
Like a lot of people we meet, Bevan Aymes has been into cars since well before he could actually drive one, and like a lot of these people, Bevan can trace his passion for cars, or more specifically, RX-3s, to one singular moment. As he tells us: “I’ve wanted an RX-3 since I was about ten years old. We had a family friend who had one as a rally car and I’ve loved the sound of a rotary ever since.” In the years following, as Bevan grew up, got his licence and his first car, he never forgot about the RX-3 and was always on the lookout for that perfect example to snap up at the right time.
Another month brings another issue of New Zealand Performance Car magazine. On the cover we have one of Japan’s finest examples of engineering – the Nissan R35 GT-R. But this is no standard GT-R, owner Andrew Nichols has given his example the full Dodson Motorsport treatment. Now sporting over 500kW and a full list of Dodson upgrades, this street legal monster will launch an attack on all of your senses
Ministry of Sound have dug deep for Maximum Bass 4, recruiting the biggest names in the game to produce three very different sounding CDs, with hip hop and urban pop prodigy G-Wizard taking over disc one, international dubstep, bass, electro and breaks warrior Jaguar Skills on disc two, and hardstyle heavyweights Suae and Pulsar on disc three. Featuring tracks and remixes from Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Drake, Example, Lil Wayne, Afrojack, Justice Crew, Knife Party, DJ Fresh, Chris Brown, and many more, this is the essential collection for fans of bass-heavy, hard and fast beats.
All you need to do to go into the draw for one of ten copies of Maximum Bass 4 is tell NZPC how many Maximum Bass CDs have been released. Click here to give your answer and enter the draw. Competition closes on November 12.
Check out the behind the scenes shoot for Maximum Bass 4
Here in the NZPC office we often use the phrase “being inside a bubble” to describe the situation people can find themselves in when they frequent certain circles exclusively. For instance, if you hang out with a bunch of heavily tattooed folk you may soon find yourself rocking ink on your hands, neck and face, and while it might seem perfectly normal to you and your group of mates, the rest of society starts to look at you as if you’re some kind of circus freak. The same thing can be said for import car fans like Faizal Dean who keeps company with, and is related to, the owners of some of New Zealand’s most powerful street cars. While to most of us having over 400 kilowatts in a street car would seem extreme, for this certain cadre of enthusiasts it’s
This long weekend Mt Smart Stadium will play host to the 4&Rotary Supershow and first ever NZ Xtreme Games. Spread over both Saturday and Sunday, it will be two days of action with the first round of Drift Cross, the Longest Drift and not to mention the BMX, FMX and Skate competitions. Gates are open at 12-7 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. For more details check out 4&Rotary
Hayden Paddon and John Kennard announced this morning that Red Bull have come on board as the major sponsor for the last round of the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship in Spain. Their hopes of winning back to back world championships have been dashed, but Hayden is eager to show case his out right speed: “The reality is the chance of winning the Super 2000 championship is all but over unless the leading three competitors have disastrous results. However we do still have an important opportunity to showcase our speed. From the start of the year we’ve said demonstrating outright pace is just as important, if not more so, than winning the championship. It’s amazing to have the support of Red Bull which means we can now compete in Spain,” says Paddon. The deal with Red Bull is for the one rally, but as the team look toward their 2013 campaign, they are optimistic on what might happen, can they impress in Spain and finish the season on a high. The RallyRACC Catalunya is a mixed surface rally, with one day on gravel and two on tarmac and will takes place on November 9-11.
KartSport Mt Wellington in association with Right Karts Mt Wellington will be holding the final day in the ‘Have a Go’ series for 2012 on November 10. These days are organised for those interested in competing in karting. Everything is supplied, including all safety equipment, and the day is run as a pre-book arrive-and-drive.
The programme covers an introduction to karting, driving techniques and how the kart operates. Junior drivers aged between six and 17 then have their first five-minute solo run with no other karts on the track. Senior drivers aged 18 and over are limited to three drivers on track at any one time. After the first session is over the driver comes in for a debrief on what driving skills they can improve and then they go out for a second five-minute session.
The cost per driver is $50, which is refundable should the driver join KartSport Mt Wellington. Bookings are essential as the numbers are limited and can be made at www.ksmw.org.nz.