The team at Possum Bourne Motorsport is in the midst of a full build on a very special Subaru BR-Z project for Gary Morgan. Once it’s completed, the plan is to contest endurance races here in New Zealand — including the Highlands 101 in November and possibly Targa New Zealand — before heading over to take on the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2015
It was an exciting day in the office last Friday when we got to crack open the first box of NZPC 214 fresh from the printers. Now don’t get us wrong, it’s always exciting to check out a new issue, but NZPC 214 meant that much more to the team as we have been slaving over the refreshed look for the past four months, and this was the first time we could see it all come together in print.
The state of competitive drifting in New Zealand, and indeed the world, is undergoing change as the gap grows between what made the sport so popular in the first place, its accessibility, and the competitive corporate world of competition. What was once a very blurred line is now growing into a very defined one. With the current top crop setting the pace of vehicle development at an astonishing rate, and those looking to get into the sport thinking they need a $150,000 vehicle to do so, it was a breath of fresh air to sit down with freshly-crowned D1NZ Pro-Am champion Vincent Langhorn, and find out that standing atop the Pro-Am podium is not all about keeping up with the Joneses.
The very laid-back and humble Vincent has competed for three seasons now, and after taking a second at Taupo in the 2012–2013 season, this time he saw two firsts, along with a string of high qualifying positions, to win the championship by four points. He was up against some stiff competition, and for the most part was doing it off his own back and out of his own wallet, building and maintaining his car in his parents’ shed.
We sat down with him to see what, if anything, will change heading into his rookie Pro championship season.
Nick and Peter from North Shore Toyota have organized two events for everyone in the automotive scene to take part in. The team’s previous events have always been a major hit and have received massive turnouts — these two will be no different.
Nick will be hosting the AltezzaClub track day down at Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park, September 5. The club have allowed 35 cars to take part on the day, this ensures everybody gets the max amount of time possible out on the race track.
“Our annual track day is a yearly, non-competitive (although at the end of the day it tends to get that way) outing for beginners and seasoned racers to get out on the track and have some fun in a no-pressure environment. Anybody with any car can join, it isn’t strictly Altezzas on the day,” Nick tells us. With only 15 spaces left to be filled, get in quick. With members attending from all over the country, the track day is the highlight of the Altezza Annual Megameet. Last year was the club’s biggest turnout — the club went jetboating, quad biking and stretched the legs on their much-loved Altezzas.