Aug 21, 2014 | Rene Vermeer


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.  Read the full story »

Aug 20, 2014 | Chris Smith


After the much anticipated release of the first version of the Toyota FT1, Toyota has come back with a new drop showcasing the latest ‘Graphic’ edition. Boasting a new colour scheme and a revised interior, the final version is looking to be amazing.

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Aug 19, 2014 | Marcus


all-213-covers NZPC


New Zealand Performance Car Magazine was started back in 1996 during the infancy of the local import performance car scene. 18 years on, 214  monthly issues published and countless specials and yearbooks along the way and we are still going strong. Issue 214 marks a new era in the look and feel of NZPC, and what better way to break-in the new look than with a look-back at the evolution of cover. The cars, the shows, the girls and the design approach have seen such a massive transformation over that period. The new issue drops on in-stores on Monday 25 , so keep an eye out in-stores! Read the full story »

Aug 18, 2014 | Chris Smith


Mothers Chrome Expression Session took place last weekend, and while we have full coverage in NZPC 214,  we took the opportunity to get some raw footage of some of the cars doing flybys, as a bit of the teaser for the coverage. Read the full story »

Aug 13, 2014 | Rene Vermeer


Eight years after the Race to the Sky last took place at Cardrona, the team behind Highlands Motorsport Park has brought the event back. The gravel road starts at 1060 metres, and climbs through 126 turns over 13.5km to reach the finish at 1980 metres, in a course which takes the best of about nine minutes to complete. Race to the Sky will be the longest gravel hill climb in the world, giving it huge international appeal — Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA, is longer, with more turns, but it is sealed. Read the full story »

Aug 12, 2014 | Chris Smith


1JZ S13.5

The build of his Nissan S13 has been a five-year graft for Taranaki-based Kurt Gifkins, but the project is now very near the end. Starting from a bare shell, Kurt left no bolt unturned. The engine is a fully-built 1JZ-GE VVTI with a ground and polished crank, race bearings, an HKS cambelt, a Master Power 555 turbo, a custom stainless manifold, front-facing plenum, 44mm TiAL wastegate, 50mm TiAL blow-off valve, 90mm throttle body, 660cc injectors and a Link G4. There is a big-power fuel system in the boot, and wiring for the ECU is the only thing left before the first fire-up.

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Aug 11, 2014 | Marcus


Chrome Expression Session took Hampton Downs by storm over the weekend. With over 300 cars signing up to take part, it was open to everyone, no matter what style of car build you had. An epic weekend with very little mechanical sympathy shown to any of the cars, it featured a wide variety of machinery, including plenty of 400, 500 and 600kW monsters. Cruise sessions, drifting, drags, gymkhana, burnouts and show n shine, it was two days of insanity. We have full coverage in NZPC 214, and a video to come, but in the mean time here is a gallery to tide you over Read the full story »

Aug 8, 2014 | Chris Smith


Weekend Workshop

Gaining Clearance

Welcome to the Weekend Workshop, a place where you can save some cash by getting your hands dirty. These tech guides aim to arm you with the necessary info and knowledge to get out there and give it a go yourself, with no professionals needed, and at a price tag that won’t break the bank.

This time we delve into guard rolling, something most of us would have dealt with from time to time when fitting a new set of wheels. The lip that runs along the inside of the guard where the outer and inner steel skins meet will generally be a right angle or U shape, and can play havoc by rubbing off the tyre’s sidewall, or worse, cutting into either the sidewall or trim.

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