What a weekend that was! Now that we’ve finally been able to clear the smell of polish, wax and methanol from our nasal passages, it’s incredible to sit back and let the fact that another V 4&Rotary Nationals is over for another year sink in. With 2014 being one of the best shows yet, and the drags set to go off the next day at Meremere, we can’t wait to see how Azhar Bhamji and his dedicated team at 4&Rotary Promotions are going to up the game next year. Thanks to all those people that came past our stand to say hi and have a chat, as always, there’s nothing more satisfying than meeting the guys and girls that make this magazine possible!
We’ve just gone to print on the next issue, which includes full Nationals coverage and comes out in stores this coming weekend. Make sure you pick up a copy for the full story, or you can subscribe here and save a butt-tonne of money and time! Until then, check out our huge gallery of images below:
With the V 4 & Rotary Nationals right around the corner, we felt that it was best if we gave you a quick rundown on what you can expect this weekend! With many different cars coming over from Australia to compete in the drags, and Nigel Petrie’s Engineered to Slide truck, this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best yet.
Auckland’s Andrew Redward (Achilles Radial Mazda RX7 V8) is the latest Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship round winner after a thrilling final battle, coming up against second round winner, and now runaway series points leader, ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett (Red Bull/Speedhunters Mazda RX7) at the ASB Baypark Arena stadium in Mount Maunganui yesterday.
Whiddett now has a 77.5 point lead over three-time former D1NZ champion Gary ‘Gaz’ Whiter (Tectaloy Nissan S13 V8), but after being forced to sit out the second round after shoulder surgery Redward — who finished seventh at the first 2013/14 season round — is now fifth, just half a point behind fourth placed 2011/12 Cody’s D1NZ champ Curt Whittaker (Autosure Warranties 2JZ Nissan Skyline R34), and one behind third-placed series young gun Nico Reid (Luxury Sports Nissan S15).
With mechanical issues of one sort or anyone seeing local hero Cole Armstrong (V Energy Nissan Skyline R34) fail to qualify, Gaz Whiter and top Auckland driver Zak Pole (Clubauto Insurance/Rollei Acton Cameras Nissan Skyline R33) forced to borrow cars to qualify and battle with after gearbox or engine issues with their own, and both V8 Supercar ace Shane Van Gisbergen (BOC Gases/Racestuff Ford Falcon V8) and Sky Zhoa (2 Degrees/CRC Nissan 700Z) left stranded by broken clutches, several drivers — Andrew Redward amongst them — had byes in the first (Top 32) run of battles.
After 12 years of waiting for a new Supra, Toyota has finally seen the light with their new FT-1 concept car. The unveiling of the concept, shown at Detroit Motor Show, has many fans rejoicing as a new Supra may at last be on the horizon. The car comes with clear styling aspirations from the 2000GT, the Celica, and the more recently released GT86.
It is still unknown as to what will be powering the car, with little information being released on the running gear. With guesses of a V6 twin-turbo under the hood to compete with the Nissan GTR, many would hope a revival of the straight-6 engine would be possible. The car currently comes loaded with two bucket style seats, a heads-up display, and an automatic rear spoiler. The car aims to be driven at speed, with full use of the car available at all times.
The car comes as Toyota looks to move ahead with its rear-wheel drive vehicles and talks of a possible BMW collaboration. The FT-1 will also be available to drive on Sony Playstation’s Gran Turismo 6 shortly.
With the possible release of a new Supra, it gives hope that Mazda will revive the RX7, Mitsubishi has another look at the GTO and Honda finally releases the new NSX.
While the price of building a competition spec drift car is constantly increasing, that doesn’t for a minute cut out the little guy from getting in and giving the world’s fastest growing motorsport a go. In this new Network A series, two Formula D superstars and Drift Alliance members Ryan Tuerck and Chris Forsberg join forces to show you just how to build a drift car on a budget. If you have seen any of Ryan Tuerck’s hit Network A show Tuerck’d you will know what to expect from the new show, where the boys walk you through building a missile spec drifter. The first episode hits Youtube on January 20
What a huge afternoon! Hundreds of cool cars, good weather and a mean location by the water – Stop 2 of the NZPC Summer Tour couldn’t have gone better yesterday in Tauranga! We’ve added a quick gallery of images below, but make sure you check out full coverage in an upcoming issue of New Zealand Performance Car magazine. A huge thanks goes out to NAC Insurance and Tauranga City Council for their support of the event, plus of course all those who came along and made the day as good as it was.
I think we both know that it’s time to update the walls of your bedroom … The time has come to pull down that oversized wooden key from your 21st, the Che Guevara flag that screams ‘trying too hard’ and that 1996 Cindy Crawford Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition poster you traded for a Pokemon card back in year 10 at school. They’ve all been great, but it’s time to replace them with something better, something new, something you – 2.0. Out in stores on December 30, the NZPC 2014 Poster Book is crammed with the greatest A2 posters ever created (probably).