When pushing the limits of any sport, there is always a risk that things could go wrong, and while it’s often joked about, insert that overused phrase — A time when sex was safe and drag racing was dangerous! But the fact is, the sport still comes with plenty of risk. Australian Ben Bray found this out all to well during the Winter Nationals at Willowbank Raceway over the weekend.
Kiwi Emma Gilmour has become the first female driver to compete in the Red Bull Global Rally Cross at the X Games, held in Austin, Texas over the weekend. With the star-studded field of drivers including the likes of teammate Rhys Millen, Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, and Tanner Foust, Emma made it through to the semi finals, finishing ahead of team mate Rhys Millen who suffered mechanical issue. “It was such an unbelievable experience to make the semis at the X Games. There was a lot of carnage going on around me but basically I just kept it clean and made it through,” Emma says. Gilmour was able to keep the Rhys Millen Racing-prepared Hyundai Veloster in one piece throughout the ferociously competitive heats: “The drivers were just desperately trying to be the first into the first corner and there was no room for more than two cars, which caused the bottleneck crashes,” Emma explains.
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With the dust now settled from the epic final showdown at Mt Smart for the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship, where Gaz Whiter walked away with his fourth championship and Daynom Templeman the round win, the video edits are now rolling out thick and fast. For those who missed the event, you can read the full run down inside NZPC 211 or here and we have also compiled all the best video edits for your viewing pleasure. With concrete barriers lining the circuit, the use of on-car cameras really give you a sense of just how good the car control of the top drivers are -enjoy!
We’re all about big companies that give back to the scene, and SuperCharge Batteries is a great example of this. An importer and distributor of quality automotive, marine, commercial, deep cycle, and hybrid technology batteries, SuperCharge has been in New Zealand for nearly 10 years and has been a long-time supporter of top motor sport figures like Angus Fogg and Emma Gilmour, whose Suzuki rally car we featured in NZPC 211. The team has also recently got fully behind Steve Zahorodny’s brand-new jet dragster, which, as you can imagine, takes some serious grunt to get started.
Ever since its entry into New Zealand, SuperCharge — which is owned by 90-year-old parent company Ramcar Batteries of the Philippines — has lead the way in both battery technology and huge warranty periods, with 24 months for the silver, 30 months for the classic, and a massive 40 months for the SuperCharge Gold batteries, which recently jumped up from 36 months.
Hampton Downs Motorsport Park is looking like the place to be in early August. The 2014 Chrome Expression Session will be held there on August 9–10 and gives you the opportunity to let loose with your mates around the track in a controlled and safe environment.
Premier Events are expanding on the Hampton Downs-based Chrome Autofest and have now created a Powercruise-style event now dubbed Chrome Expression Session. It will include on-track cruising, powerskids, burnouts, drifting, and a huge show ’n’ shine.
With the NEWS that one of the three Mazda 767Bs built for the 1988 Le Mans (sister cars to the legendary 787B) are heading to Sydney for The World Time Attack Challenge this year, the NZPC team was understandably excited! To celebrate the fact we will be ticking off one of those childhood dreams of seeing, scratch that, hearing one in the flesh — we have three of our favourite YouTube clips of the 767B to get you amping for the October event.
The new edition of New Zealand Performance Car Magazine has hits shelves across the country. The first thing you will notice is the double cover, sitting inside on page one is the new look dropping in two issues time, so we thought we best ease you all into it so you know what to look for come issue 214 in August. Gracing this months cover is Hamish MacDonald’s super clean A31 Cefiro. Arguably the best Cefiro in New Zealand, it was a brisk 4am start for the team to catch the rising morning light in Cambridge.