If there’s one thing to be said about Hyundai — it’s that they certainly don’t mind taking risks and going out on a limb. This is best evidenced by the latest and greatest from the Korean manufacturer, the Veloster Turbo. With an odd number of doors, a full glass roof and a rear end like a messed up Salvador Dalí painting, Hyundai certainly weren’t aiming for conservative buyers when it comes to the Veloster. As we’re about as far from prudes as it comes here at NZPC, we’re throwing our hat in the ring and saying yes — this is cool.
After attending the opening round of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship there’s no denying drifting in New Zealand is on the rise. In this, its tenth year of competition, Cody’s D1NZ will showcase the biggest-ever field of competitors, with 35 drivers in Pro and 31 in Pro-Am. As usual, the comp will follow a two-day format, with practice and Pro-Am top 16 on the Friday and the Pro-Am top eight and Pro top 32 on the Saturday. In the months leading up to the first round everyone was revealing new cars, set-ups and liveries. The power figures had risen and the amount of race-bred gearboxes had increased ten-fold. We couldn’t wait to see them out on track, and similarly, we’re sure they all couldn’t wait to get out there.
The Manfeild section is one that, like the Pukekohe sweeper, rewards the brave, with an entry speed between 140–160kph and an outside clipping point on the exit of the first corner; this is one of the best corners for drifting in New Zealand — watching two cars enter door to door is spectacular. Drivers then switch for another
It was a phone call that West Aucklander Nate Langton never expected to receive. On the other end of the line was his friend and occasional-NZPC contributor Shane Conza: “Bro, check out the 626 listing on Trade Me, it’s your old one.” The car Shane was referring to was Nate’s 1979 Mazda 626 that had been stolen two years earlier from the secure car park at the 4&Rotary Nationals. At the time the 626 was rolling a set of 13-inch Mangel Modgies, cut springs and the
Its been a whirlwind month for the team at NZPC, from shooting world class cars, to covering three massive events over January. That has lead to an insane issue to kick off 2013. The star of this months edition can only be the Lexus GS300 of Carl Thompson, with a chassis fit for a V8 Supercar and an engine fit for a 7-second drag car all brought together to create what is without a doubt one of the world’s best drift car builds and best of all it’s 100% kiwi built
Following the news last week about the postponing of the V 4&Rotary South Island Champs, a few of the South Island’s import racers sat down with the Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club who run Ruapuna Raceway to work out a solution for all those who are still wanting to race. There will now be a drag meeting taking place on the cancled South Island Champs date of Feb 17, explains a spokesperson for the event; “They are not trying to take over or replace the event they are just trying to make the most of the cancelled meeting and have it not go to waste. There are a few people down here that are a little upset that its been cancelled, so we are putting it to them, lets prove the scene here in Christchurch isn’t completely dead and can put on a decent event!” A lot of the top import racers have already said they will attend, including Nathan McPherson (Rx7), Kris Robb (Rx7), Damiens (808 Team Altered Boost), Clinton Lockhead (Team Altered Boost), Avon Compton (S13), Alsop Racing (Willies Coupe), Minchingtons, Jon Peplow’s (Civic), Jase McMullin (Spec Evo), Jeff Richardson (Toyota Starlet) and Stu Rodgers (c33 Laurel). This list is sure to grow over the coming weeks. There will also be street car brakcets and if you wish to take part, check out the Facebook page for full details.
The much anticipated DMC Devil May Cry is now available for PS3 and Xbox 360 with the PC version released in early February, and is a reboot of the classic and much loved hack-and-slash–style game that first came out in 2001 on PS2. You play as Dante, a half-angel, half-devil ruthless character as he goes on a rampage around the city of Limbo to avenge his mother’s death.
To celebrate the game’s release Capcom have given us a copy to give away together with a slimline PS3. To enter the draw head here and answer the simple question:
What is the lead character’s name in DMC?
Entries close February 28.
Day two of the V 4&Rotary Nationals took place as usual at Fram Autolite Dragway in Meremere. With an excellent track surface on offer drivers were cutting quick 60 foots and ET’s, with PB’s records and national indexes falling. The day ran without incident and for the thousands that packed the stands it was one of the best days racing we have seen this season