When Jason Ferguson purchased his 1974 Mazda RX-3 from a mate, he had no idea of the unwanted surprise that lurked under the bright-orange paintwork, and it would be many years before it reared its ugly head. The 3 sedan had been imported a few years earlier from the motherland for vintage Mazdas — Australia. It had fresh paintwork, a 13B stage two, and was a pretty tidy, genuine car.
It passed through a few hands here before taking up residence in Jason’s shed in 2008. After a year of enjoying it as is, Jason decided to pull it off the road and fix all the shortcomings, as he explains: “The main focus for that first build was the
If there’s one thing that’s sure to make you feel old, it’s someone like Aucklander Aaron Meekings telling you: “I’ve loved Evos since I was a kid, I always wanted to own one.”
Here at NZPC, we’re pretty damn sure there was no such thing as the Mitsubishi Evo when we were kids, well, in New Zealand anyway … Nonetheless, it’s cool to think there is now a generation of guys (and girls) like Aaron that have grown up with a huge range of awesome Japanese cars on every corner — Skylines, Supras, WRXs, Type Rs and everything in between. Why, then, with all that choice, was it the Evo that captured the young Aaron’s attention?
“I’ve just always loved them ever since I can remember, I can’t really remember what first got me into them,” he tells us. “I started off with a Mivec Lancer as my first car, then when I left school I got a VR-4 Evo 0, then an Evo VI, a VII and now this VIII.”
Last issue (NZPC197) we featured the NAC Motorsport team Altered Boost, and throughout the article we talked about the team’s goal to run into the sevens, something it achieved the weekend we went to print when it ran back-to-back seven-second passes, as Clinton Lochhead explains. “Finally the team’s hard work over the last couple of months is starting to pay off. With the help of Morice McMilllin on the phone and Phil from NZEFI working his magic we had the Altered running strong off the line from the get go. As a result we achieved our best 60-foot and half-track times resulting in our first seven-second ET. We then backed this up on the next pass with a 7.836 at 150mph with a bit of tyre shake out of the hole.” This puts the ultimate goal of taking Rod Harvey’s long standing four-cylinder record of 7.67 at 286kph (178mph) within arm’s reach. As the team come to grips with the car Clinton believes there is still plenty more in it; “We were playing it safe by chucking the chute early, so we will see an increase in the mph once we start driving right out the back door. We have some good data to go over in the next few weeks and things are definitely looking positive.” As always Clinton would like to extend a big thanks to his team for all its help.
The first time the NZPC crew laid eyes on the [RIPUUP] Mitsubishi Evo VIII was three years ago when a horrifying scene played out in the rear-view mirror of head photographer Adam Croy’s S13 during a track day at Hampton Downs. On Richie D’Souza’s fourth lap of the brake-killing Hampton Downs, his Evo VIII had boiled the brake fluid and suffered fade off turn one at the end of the pit straight, heading off the track and onto the kitty litter before scrubbing the wall. Thankfully Richie was fine and the damage the Evo suffered was mostly cosmetic, but it did destroy the
As part of Bourbon Month, Jim Beam have put together four of their finest in this deluxe product pack. Jim Beam Black, Devil’s Cut, Red Stag and Honey all have their own unique flavours and character. From the sweetness of the natural honey in Jim Beam Honey to the rich, full-bodied taste of triple-aged Jim Beam Black this pack is sure to delight bourbon enthusiasts everywhere.
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Nine time WRC champion Sebastian Loeb will attack the second-oldest race in American history, Pikes Peak, for the first time this year. Loeb, who has been loaned to Peugeot by Citroën, will pilot a specially-built Silhouette Peugeot 208 T16. This won’t be Peugeot’s first attempt at the 19.9km ascent to an altitude of 4301 meters. It took outright victory back-to-back in 1988 and 1989, and seems to be making a serious attempt at reclaiming that title, partnering with the likes of Red Bull and Total Oils. Peugeot’s motor sport arm, Peugeot Sport, has been working on the project since receiving the green light in November last year
No one really paid too much attention to Terry as he slowly drove down Ardmore’s disused runway last month during the start of the Cannonball Run. You couldn’t really be blamed for not looking — Terry was behind the wheel of a plain white 1989 Mazda MX-5, its factory body sitting on a set of unassuming old-school Lenso 17-inch rims and not much else. No crazy low ride height, no big-dollar JDM wheels and no fancy Bride seats — nothing special then…