When the team at NZPC caught wind that the boys from C’s Garage were making the move to competitive drifting here in New Zealand, we knew the cars would be something special. Built almost entirely in their own shop, brothers Joel and Adam Hedges bring a very Japanese-inspired style to the D1NZ grid. We have dedicated a deserved nine pages to these immaculate SR20 powered Silvias, so grab a copy and check out what makes these two cars so special.
The 2013/2014 Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship got under way in spectacular fashion at Hampton Downs Motorsport over the weekend, with two days of competition culminating in three-time DK Gaz Whiter tasting victory for the first time in many years. The past two seasons have been trying times for the Northland based team who have suffered ongoing mechanical issues with the Tectaloy S14, resulting in multiple DNF’s.
“It seemed every time I put my foot on the accelerator and near the limiter it blew up. It’s not a good feeling. I think we did 10 motors in the last two years. We were right at the end, especially financially. We could have walked out a long time ago, but we have great sponsors. I love drifting and I want to keep doing it. I’m still having lots of fun.”
Coming off a third place victory at the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge in Sydney last month the Tectaloy S14 remained technically unchanged with the same LS7 power plant in a slight detune to remain reliable, but did unveil a new look for the season, going back to a white and blue combination which he unveiled in great fashion on the Friday night before the event. Check out the video here .
Kiwi import racer Gina Bullians has made history after running the first-ever six-second pass by a female import-racer. Many will remember Gina from the TIMID 10-second 4AGE-powered DX Corolla she raced in New Zealand. She has been living in Sydney for the past two years, and campaigned a street-registered 13B turbo 808 wagon before stepping into the RX-7. Gina explains: “The RX-7 was originally built and campaigned by my partner, Bill Nabhan, owner of Mazsport in the early 2000s. His best ET was 7.26 at 194 mph (312kph). It was on-sold to one of his customers around 2007, and then sat dormant for approximately four years. In January 2012 the opportunity came to purchase it back, so we took it. Bill wanted me to race as he knew how much I enjoyed the sport. I had been driving a 13B-powered 808 wagon, and he was impressed and wanted to help me go further to achieving my racing aspirations, so when the RX-7 came up, it was a perfect opportunity. I started driving the RX-7 in March last year, with Sydney Jamboree 2012 being my first event.”
Ken Block has just dropped Gymkhana 6 – Ultimate Gymkhana Grid Course. From humble beginnings in 2008 with his first video – Gymkhana Practice, which blew up to receive over 20-million views and spawn subsequent sequels filmed all over the world, for number 6 Block returns to his roots letting the hardcore driving be the star of the show. Sit back, relax and take in all that is Ultimate Gymkhana Grid Course -Its just like the game.
With the new Cody’s D1NZ New Zealand Drifting Championship season just around the corner, the Cody’s D1NZ Turbosmart Tech Day will take place on November 3 at North Shore Toyota, 2 Link Drive, Wairau Valley, Auckland. This will be your first chance to check out all the new cars for the coming season, with an expected 55-plus cars passing through tech during the day. They will be checked over with a fine-tooth comb by the D1NZ technical team to ensure all legalities have been met. North Shore Toyota will be firing up the barbie, and NZPC and Turbosmart will also be there dishing out freebies all day. This is a great opportunity for drifting fans to get up close to all the cars and meet the drivers and teams. The gates are open from 10.30am through to 4.30pm, and it’s free to head along and check out the cars.
Hot off the press and in stores this week is the latest issue of New Zealand Performance Car magazine. On the cover we have the world exclusive feature of the Engineered to Slide Toyota Hilux in all its completed glory. Australian Nigel Petrie has spent the last three years hand crafting this truck in his home garage. To simply call it a drifter is a gross understatement — this is a piece of rolling/functioning art.