Nathan Champman’s SR20DET-Powered Mazda RX-7 is bound to ruffle a few feathers.
Based out of Christchurch, 22-year-old mechanic Nathan Chapman has long had a love affair with two particular types of car — Mazda RX-7s and Nissan Silvias. He’s owned a few of both since first getting his licence as a
teenager, but until recently he never once thought he’d be able take both those loves and mash them into one beautiful machine.
“I’d had a few FD3S RX-7s in the past, and this 1992 Mazda RX-7 was the third,” Nathan says. “I rebuilt it from scratch with a 13B turbo power plant, but I got caught skidding it on the street, so to be mature I sold the running gear on Trade Me and the body to a friend, Scott McElroy.”
A sneak peek at our latest cover car shoot for the new issue — due out in stores this weekend! Just listen to that engine note — is there any better sound?
Hello Wellington! We’ll be heading to you for our final leg of the NZPC Summer Tour to meet up with other car enthusiasts and see what cars you have to show off.
Stop 5: Sunday, March 16, Riverbank Car park, Lower Hutt — 1–3pm
For us, there’s nothing better than finishing our NZPC Summer Tour in Wellington — it’s always the biggest and best of them all!
Once again, the awesome people at the Hutt City Council have allowed us back to the the Riverbank Car park, so bring down your mates, your cars, and your good attitudes for a chilled-out afternoon under the sun. Thanks to the crew at NAC Insurance, there is no entry cost and anyone is free to come and go as you please.
IMPORTANT: This event was originally advertised in the magazine for March 2, but due to some scheduling clashes, we have had to move it to Sunday March 16, from 1pm to 3pm. We apologize for the date change, but with so many other events popping up around this time, we had to make the tough call!
As always, this is an alcohol, drug and skids free environment which the council has been kind enough to give us – we don’t mind sticking around for a couple of hours cleaning up the mess after everyone has gone, but it can get a bit sad when we’re picking up broken Woodies bottles and dodging heroes doing weak-as single spinner skids!
We can’t wait to see what shows up on the day and there will be a bunch of NZPC photographers lurking around getting some great shots for the magazine, so polish up that car and come on down!
Check out the event on Facebook for more information and to spread the word.
Hello Taranaki! We’ll be stopping in to meet up with other enthusiasts and see what cars you have to show off.
Stop 4: Saturday, March 8, Marine Park, Waitara — 1–3pm
As you might know, we’ve decided to stop past sunny Taranaki during this year’s NZPC Summer Tour!
This is a great chance for everyone to bring their cars down, park up on the grass at Marine Park in Waitara and chill out under the Summer sun.
As always, these events are simply a casual get together — a chance to meet up with other enthusiasts and show off your cars, not your ability to skid a car, of course with the NZPC photographers present! Thanks to our friends at NAC Insurance, there is no entry fee and anyone is free to come and go as they please — the only people that aren’t welcome are those that plan to cause trouble or otherwise ruin a sweet day out.
IMPORTANT: We had previously advertised this to be on March 1 in the magazine, but clashes have meant we have moved the date to the following Saturday, March 8.
The meet runs for two hours between 1pm and 3pm — lets get the word out!
The Taranaki Council have been good enough to let us use this area, so please treat it with respect — especially the grass, there’s just no need to rip it up and it’s going to be mighty expensive if it gets damaged. Police will also be made aware that the event is taking place.
Check out the event on Facebook for more information and to spread the word.
Wow what a turnout we had in the South over the weekend for the third stop on our Nationwide NZPC Summer Tour. With the weather turning it on and many convoys organised by out-of-towners, Stop 3 was easily the biggest we have had this summer. Thanks to all those who came along to the South New Brighton Domain, despite the ongoing road works in the area. With hundreds of cool cars packing the park to capacity, it looks like next year we may need a bigger venue. We have put together a gallery from the day, but be sure to checkout full coverage in NZPC 208 – on shelves March 3. We must extend a huge thanks to Both NAC Insurance and the Christchurch City council for their support in making the event possible.
It’s been an extremely hectic month here in the NZPC offices, doing what we do best, travelling the country documenting all things import-related. Following a quick break over Christmas, it was straight back into the full swing of things with the lead up to the 2014 V 4&Rotary Nationals. This year the 4&Rotary team brought over five drag cars and the ETS Hilux, making it one of the biggest nationals to date, including plenty of PB’s and the fastest 4-cylinder pass and side-by-side passes by imports ever run on New Zealand soil. Befittingly, NZPC 207 is jam-packed full of V 4&Rotary Nationals coverage, from both the drags and show-n-shine. Not to be out shined by the Aussies, we have a solid line-up of local feature cars all punching above 300kW at the wheels. We also took the opportunity to show case the world’s fastest Nissan, the Infiniti G35 of Scott Porter. This is a world-class car running an amazing billet VQ35 capable of 2450hp and running 235MPH.
You won’t believe the amount of work that goes into running this car, and it earned Scott his two Factory Extreme championships and the title of the world’s fastest Nissan .From high horsepower drag cars to big power street cars, on the cover we have Frank Perez’s R33 killing a set of 325 Perilli P-Zeros. Currently making 650kW at the wheels on pump gas and ‘mild tune’ street cars don’t come much tougher than this R33.Morgan Schwass lifts the bonnet on his immaculate NZPC 300kW club KE20. Yip that’s right, this little Toyota is packing some serious fire power in the form of a 303kW 7A-GTE.
During our recent trip to Nelson for the NZPC Summer Tour we caught up with Jonothon Whyte and checked out his 520kW, 10 second FD RX-7. A seven-year labour of love that has seen the RX-7 go from stock standard to face melter!
Other features include a recap of rounds 2 and 3 of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship, resident J-Side staffer Aaron Mai hangs out with ZERO-1 street crew in Kobe and we go for a roll with Ben Phillips in his daily driven Toyota AE85. This month’s Weekend Workshop tackles the age old problem of dead car batteries. We also head back to school for a three-part suspension guide, with step one — a lesson in wheel alignments and exactly what each adjustment will mean to the way your car handles. Don’t forget, if you haven’t already, subscribe to the magazine to save a tonne of cash and have it delivered directly to your door. Checkout giveamag for the latest deal.
Botany is no longer your one-and-only stop for a day of entertainment. Wairau now has its very own Xtreme Entertainment venue.
It’s filled to the brim with ways to fill that last week of school holidays — ten pin bowling, dodgems, Megazone laser tag, Timezone, and a Kidzone softplay for 12-year-olds and under.
If you get along to either Xtreme on a Tuesday, they have their “two for $10″ promotion. You can try any two attractions for $10. If you get there on a Thursday, it’s “half-price day” so every attraction is half price.
Found yourself babysitting? Let the kids loose in the Megazone laser tag experience. This virtual laser gun war will see them venturing through neon rooms, battling it out team-versus-team. If they enjoyed their first game for only $10, send them through again with two games priced at $15.
With 90 cars entered in the 2014 V 4 & Rotary Nationals drag day on Sunday, January 26, the biggest ever line-up of Australian cars shipped over, perfect weather leading up and tons of track prep, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out there would be plenty of action to see at Fram Autolite Dragway. Eager fans wouldn’t have to wait long to see some great action, with the first round of Pro Imports throwing it down. Heading into the event, RIPS Racing’s MGAWOT III was teasing us with running a 7-second pass, but having suffered a few frustrating breakages the team had not quite got there during the R32 GT-R’s first two outings. This time however, things all fell into place and with 30psi dialled into the RB32DET, Robbie went 7.80 @ 288kph to go under his own national record.