Feb 14, 2008 | NZPC

Due to issues and timing from the Japan series, the D1 Grand Prix USA series is being cancelled for the 2008 year. After a successful championship event last November at Irwindale Speedway, they vigorously attempted to launch the 2008 U.S. series but have been unable to due to Japan’s delay on decisions and their focus on the Japan series. Their goal is to continue elevating and expanding the drift culture to the world, but at this time the official word from Japan is to focus on the Japan series for 2008.

It has been formally decided not to hold an event series in the U.S. but the “All Star World Championship” in November at Irwindale speedway is still scheduled to take place. A points series will return for 2009.

Feb 13, 2008 | NZPC

kerryn

Age: 19

Occupation: Assistant Manager

So what are you driving? Just a little Nissan Pulsar

Best childhood memory? Going on Top of the Pops in London with my sister! We got selected out of 200 people to go back stage and meet all the stars!

Are you a summer or winter girl? Summer girl definitely! But I love falling asleep to the sound of rain!

Do you have any hidden talents? Ummm, I think I’m pretty funny!

What’s your biggest secret? How I got the scar on my chin

Well, so how did you get it then? Well it wouldn’t be a secret if I told you would it?

Most embarrassing moment? I once did a nude photo shoot posing as Aphrodite for my sisters University assignment. It didn’t bother me too much except it got shot in public gardens. Everything was low key and I had a friend watching out in case anyone came. Next thing I know there’s loud noise and a huge truck coming through the brushes. I had to sprint naked to the car where my clothes were about eight metres away!.but I guess that was more funny than embarrassing!

So how did you enjoy your NZPC cover shoot? It was so much fun! Except when they thought it was the biggest laugh to keep shining the reflector in my eyes! Nah! it was awesome (laughs)

You got a dream car? It would have to be a pink Honda S2000 — like the one on 2Fast 2Furious, that’s hot!

If you had a choice — drag Skyline or drift Silvia what would you rather be seen it? I’d probably rather drift then drag!but I don’t like Silvias, sorry!

Blingin’ chrome or lightweight carbon? I’ll take the chrome

Big-body Benz on 20”s or 500hp Lancer Evolution? Ummm! that’s a tuffy. I think I’d take the Evo though.

Do you have a side that’s not so innocent? Of course.

What gives you pleasure in life? Laughing!

What’s a typical Friday night out for you? Hitting the d-floor and dancing my ass off till 7am!

You must cause a bit of a stir when you hit the clubs? Don’t ask!

How does a guy go about becoming Mr Kerryn? By being genuine would be a good start.

Ugly rich guy or poor broke hot guy? As long as poor broke hot guy makes me laugh it wouldn’t matter what his financial position is, I make my own money.

We recently saw you dressed in coconuts! is that normal for you? No, I only bring them out for special occasions! Nah!I’m kidding. They were actually a last minute costume!I was supposed to be dressed up as the devil but the coconuts were too funny to pass up!

What is your greatest ambition? I guess just to be happy and successful in whatever I do.

You must have been stoked to win Miss Auto Salon? Hell yeah! I was shocked because I was up against some real hot competition.

You’ve been doing a bit of modelling, where can we expect to see you next? It’s all a bit hush-hush at the moment so you’ll have to keep an eye out for me!

Elwood green track top — Route 66, Green Juicy Tracksuit — Space Suit $89.00, Paris Texas, Sugar Molly Jeans — www.hotice.co.nz, Bunny Puffa jacket — Space Suit $148.00, White belt/ skate shoes — Allure

Photos – Jared Clark
Make up — Evana Patterson
Styling — Amanda Carter @ Allure
Model — Kerryn @ Allure Promotions
Cover — Bikinis from Brazilclothing.com

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Feb 13, 2008 | NZPC

toyota crown rs46 wagon

The old-school styles are coming back in Japan. Enkei has relaunched five of its 70s-era wheels: the Dish (pictured above), the Baja I & II, the Mojave and the 5-Spoke. More details can be found here. Prices start at about Y29,000ea up to Y39,800 for the Mohaves and they come in suitably low-offset dished sizes up to 10in wide. The Mojave is a 6-stud pattern; the rest are 5-stud.

Feb 13, 2008 | NZPC

speed racer

A mobile game based on the forthcoming movie Speed Racer, a high-octane family adventure by the Wachowski brothers, creators of the The Matrix trilogy will be available for your mobile in late April.

“The Speed Racer film features key elements that make a great mobile game speed, adventure, exciting characters and storyline,” said Jill Braff, senior vice president of global publishing, Glu. “As buzz builds for the upcoming film, we’re excited to bring a truly engaging game based on this highly anticipated film to the mobile phone.”

Wellington’s Sidhe Interactive is doing the game production.

Speed Racer follows the adventures of the young race car driver Speed in his quest for glory in his thunderous Mach 5. Based on the classic series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida, the live-action Speed Racer will be packed with effects like other Wachowski Brothers films. It opens in U.S. theaters on May 9.

Feb 13, 2008 | NZPC

subaru impreza

There’s a huge price gap between the WRX and the WRX STI – a gap that could easily be filled by a car that’s a step up from the WRX, but doesn’t rain on the STI’s parade. Like what Mitsubishi does with the Ralliart Lancer, the STI might get a baby brother.

We asked Subaru NZ for an opinion, but they remained suspiciously tight-lipped. Certainly over in Australia, the rumours have been flying. With around $13,000 between the $42,990 WRX and the STI, there’s room for a sub-$50,000 car with, say, 190-200kW.

Feb 12, 2008 | NZPC

2009 Subaru Forester fqd

We want one with scoops and flared arches

Subaru’s completely new third-generation Forester makes its European debut at the 78th Geneva Motor Show in March. Based on the platform of the new Impreza, the Forester features more passenger and luggage space plus a smoother ride and even more agile handling thanks to a new multi-link double-wishbone rear suspension.

Now closer in size to its Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 competitors, the new Forester is 75 mm longer, 45 mm wider and gains 110 mm in height.

Rear legroom grows by 95 mm, the driver’s eye-line is 30 mm higher, while the load space is now 450 litres with the rear seat up — 63 litres more than the previous model.

The UK gets the 2-litre petrol model in April, followed by Subaru’s new boxer diesel version later in the year. The NZ launch is scheduled for March/April, and its unlikely we’ll get the diesel.


Turbo version will get bonnet vent…if we get it at all

But what we want to know is when does the hot STI version come out with flares like the 1970s? We’ll keep you posted.


Feb 12, 2008 | NZPC

How many times have you wished you could have recorded some muppet doing something stupid on the roads, or even one of your mates pulling an ‘accidental’ burnout somewhere? Near misses and accidents occur regularly, and if you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident with no witnesses, sometimes it can be your word against theirs. This is where the rear view mirror digital video recorder comes in. It automatically starts recording when the engine starts and has real-time recording the playback of both audio and video.

Its built-in 2.5″ LCD has a wide angle view and works in low light. Very little installation is required – it clips onto  your existing rear view mirror and plugs into the cigarette lighter. Video is written to an SD memory card which records up to an hour on a 1Gb card. The oldest footage is wiped as it continuously records. Presumably as well as giving you the ability to prove your innocence, it could provide for some interesting viewing.

Do I spy a market for making a DVD of all this footage? Here’s an example of it in action.

Feb 12, 2008 | NZPC

Auckland-based Ralliart New Zealand has won the opening round of the Production World Rally Championship at the WRC Rally of Sweden held over the weekend.

The first of six qualifying rounds in the 2008 global championship, driver Juho Hänninen (Finland) was able to clean sweep the production category in the Ralliart NZ Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX.

Finishing eighth overall at the WRC event, conditions varied as traditional snow and ice dissipated during the weekend — offering up gravel and tarmac during the 340km three-day test.

With the Ralliart team headed by former NZ rally champion Neil Allport, he confirmed their season opening win following the post-event technical clearance:

“All in all it’s an excellent result for the start of our championship with Juho because it was the hardest fought.  There were over 20 cars in our class, including the new S2000 Peugeot — which is very quick.”

Over a minute ahead of the nearest category competitor, Allport says it is great reward for their efforts.

“As a team it’s a great achievement for us — first time up.  It’s also a credibility thing — it demonstrates we are capable of running cars at this level and justification of what we are doing.  Long term is we can compete at this level; you have to step up to the plate and deliver results.”

Three months until their next round, the Ralliart car is bound for the searing climate of Greece, while the New Zealand crew will return to continue preparing a brand new car for debut later in the year.

“Our objective is to score as many points as we can on the first three rallies as our intention is to switch to EVO 10s at the New Zealand round — so we need to make sure we have got things right.  We controlled what we did here very well!.we had a good handle on the opposition and everything went extremely well to plan even in the difficult conditions we had,” added Allport.

The Ralliart NZ team ran a second car at the event: Indonesian pairing of Subhan Aksa and co-driver Hendrik Mboi finished the event 25th overall — the first time they had seen snow.