It has been full steam ahead over the last few weeks for the E36 project. After getting it stripped bare, it was loaded on a low tow headed for Quest Fabrication in Silverdale, where it was to receive a roll cage. Owner Kyrie Pickerill has been in the game for a very long time and knows his way around a race car. Discussing the project we decided an eight-point cage would be ideal. Above are the pedestals him and staffer Dan fabricated to tie the cage to the body.
Kiwi drag racers Heat Treatments Racing have furthered their strangle hold on the Worlds Fastest 4WD title, following a successful weekend at Willowbank Raceway in Brisbane. With Reece McGregor behind the wheel, the Castrol Edge GTR ran a 7.56 and 7.60 before the new record run of 7.53@185MPH. Congratulations to the team doing us proud on Australian soil.
Natural progression – it’s an inevitable by-product of nearly anything we do. After all, we’re not still crawling around on the floor like we did when we were babies – we’ve progressed, grown and improved. When progressing in any area of our lives, we need to change our environment and our equipment to suit. Hitting the gym? You’re not exactly going to stick to pushing the same amount of weight. What about playing an instrument? It’s very doubtful Slash is still using the same axe he got for his twelfth birthday. In that similar vein, young Kiwi drift phenom Nico Reid has also been progressing in his chosen discipline. After picking up the sport a few years ago, Nico, with help from his South Side Slyders team, got together enough cash to get a hold of one very well-loved Nissan Silvia S13. The S13, before becoming Nico’s “TANEFA”, was well known in the drift scene, previously being owned by Mag and Turbo driver Darren McDonald. If you’ve ever seen Darren drift before, you’d know that
How much of a bad-ass, beer-drinking, hootin’ and hollerin’ hillbilly of a good time does this look. We want one!
Anyone with the slightest interest in drifting will have seen this logo floating around a drift event or on the net. The very talented film makers behind KDF Will Roegge and Josh Herron, took a trip across America in 2010 aboard their Kombi van. Along the way they checked out all the epee centers for grass roots drifting in the states. The film shows the passion and drive everyone from grass roots to pro level guys have for their sport and why they dedicate their lives to going sideways. Sit back relax and watch, it’s a great film, but be warned you may want a drift car after watching.
On a cold and miserable day in Napier, we found ourselves huddled in the corner of an ITM warehouse with two late-model Evos. Owned by a pair of young brothers, Simon and Hamish Ellingham, one is a 500hp streetcar that would have to be one of the tidiest we have ever seen and the other a battle-hardened circuit racer built to adhere to the strict rules of the Tier 1 Production Racing Series.
Walking up to the pair your eyes can’t help but be drawn to the bright yellow paint of the Evo VII, which is owned by younger brother Hamish. When Hamish mentioned he was in his last year of high school, we were a little shocked. This is certainly not your typical high school car, unless things have changed since we went there to eat lunch?
The yellow Evo was purchased around two and a half years ago with only 40,000 on the clock. And a quick peek at the ODO revealed it had now done just over 60; it’s barely run in. For those first years it remained in pretty close to stock form, with only the basic mods like a pod filter and wheels.
It was announced today that Toyota will be joining the NZV8 grid for the 2012/2013 season, in the form of two Camry’s. They will be using the new COFT generic chassis, that are set to replace the current production based chassis limiting the class to only Ford and Holden. Designed and built by Mitchell Race Extreme in Hamilton, chassis #001x has been tested at race tracks around the country all summer, showing positive results, even without the new specced engine and transmission fitted. Orders have been coming in thick and fast for the new platform, with 20 chassis’s needing to be built. It is rumored that Toyota won’t be the only manufacture to join the field. “With mooted entries from Holden, Ford, Toyota, Mercedes, Nissan and a number of other marques, the ‘Car of Tomorrow’-style control chassis will provide an added element of parity to the exciting new era of V8 racing in New Zealand”, a spokesperson from NZV8 wrote on their website.
The Team diving in first however is Paeroa Based Richards Team Motorsport, a division of Tony Richards Toyota. The two Camry team will have current NZV8 driver Martin Short and another driver yet to be announced. Most exciting is the fact that Toyota New Zealand is behind the project and have sourced TRD developed five litre 32 valve alloy v8s from the USA. That are built for use in events like the Daytona 24hr race. All eyes will be on the NZV8 grid next season to see how the Toyotas stack up.
Christchurch’s Japanese Race Supplies, stockist of both Exedy and TiAL, have put together ten prize packs of merchandise to give away. Each pack contains an Exedy Racing T-Shirt, a TiAL Sport T-Shirt, a Jap Race T-Shirt, a Jap Race Hat, an Exedy Racing beer holder, an Excedy Racing sticker sheet and an Excedy Racing keychain. Each pack has a value of over $200. To win simply head onto Japanese Race Supplies’ Facebook page, ‘like’ it and leave a comment on why you should win a pack. Then head here and enter the draw. The competition closes on May 31.