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.
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.
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
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.
Hamish MacDonald has always been into Nissan Cefiros. The ultimate sideways taxi has captured this Matamata local’s attention since they first started showing up in the very early 2000s. “I bought my first Cefiro because it had everything I wanted in a car,” Hamish explains. “Plus Jairus Wharerau and Justin Rood were killing it at the time in D1NZ [in A31 Cefiros].”