And there we have it, the last stop in the NZPC Summer Tour for the 2013/2014 season! Though its safe to say this weekend’s Wellington event well and truly confirmed that summer is over, the rain held out and the cars showed up in their hundreds. Thank you to all those that came out for the afternoon to say hello, and a huge thumbs up to NAC Insurance for helping us to put on these events each summer, your support is most appreciated! Check out these photos from the day, and keep an eye out for NZPC issue #210, hitting stores April 28, for full coverage!
High-tech grunt wrapped in rare Japanese tin — Leighton’s RB30DET C110 is a perfect marriage of Nissan power and nostalgia
New Zealanders have long had a love affair with the humble Datsun automobile. For many years, and certainly ever since we staffers can remember, we’ve seen all manner of 1200s, 1600s and the odd 240Z rolling round our fair shores. While it’s true that most of them were clapped-out shitters back in the day — they were many people’s first cars, after all — fortunes have changed for the humble Datsun in recent years. That’s thanks to an increasing scarcity of healthy examples, an explosion of old-school Kiwi car culture, and perhaps a new general worldwide appreciation of all things relating to nostalgic Japanese tin.
Local graphic designer Andrew Stewart, from AWS Graphics, has taken out the Falken Tire competition to design the livery for 2011 Formula Drift (FD) champion Dai Yoshihara’s 2014 Subaru BRZ. The entrants were to use Forza 5 to design their livery, and entries had to be submitted by January 31.
The contest brief outlined strict guidelines to be followed, and the contest press release listed what logos to include and a loose brief as to where they should go on the car. “Because of the experience I had working with sponsors I was able to read between the lines and understand what they wanted to produce the winning design,” Stewart later commented in an interview.
V8 Supercar star Shane Van Gisbergen, Richie Stanaway, and Nick Cassidy (who are both about to start racing in Europe), and V8 SuperTourer driver Andrew Waite, all had their careers kick-started by the annual SpeedSport Scholarship, and the 2014 round is now open for entries.
Founded in 2000, it is New Zealand’s most successful annual motor racing scholarship and it offers the winner a $50,000 prize package, including a season competing in the national Formula First championship.
In a sea of 1000-plus horsepower drift cars, there is one driver who, year after year, shuns the changes the sport is going through in the USA and returns to the American Formula Drift paddock to compete behind the wheel of his cult status Toyota 86. Sit back and check out this feature-length documentary on Taka Aono and his flying 86.
With the release of NZ Performance Car 209 we thought it proper to put up a few wallpapers for you to enjoy this month. You can find full features on all four cars in NZ Performance Car 209, which is on shelves now or available online via a subscription from www.giveamag.co.nz
Photo: AJ Grasso
Dunedin-based driver Emma Gilmour will be taking on the world when she competes in a new two-car team with world champion driver Rhys Millen. She’ll be competing in 10 Global Rallycross Championshiop (GRC) rounds in the United States this year.
In a sport usually dominated by men, Emma will be making her mark as the first female to compete on the dirt- and tarmac-based circuits throughout North America in the GRC. But then there’s more — she’ll also be one of two women, the other being Australia’s Sarah Burgess, to race in the X-Games in June.