We delve into one of the most outlandish builds to hit our shores, the Mazda 616 Capella of Mark Strawbridge
The 2014 V 4&Rotary Nationals marked a couple of cool milestones for the NZPC team, and not the kind you would expect. No, our personal cars didn’t clean up come award time, but it was the first time I, the assistant ed., got to go for a ride in a car I have been involved in building since day one. I have known the owner, Mark Strawbridge, since kindergarten and we have been messing around with cars together since we could drive. He is one of those guys who has never owned anything standard in his life. Right from his first car, a Mini with a pair of 15-inch subs stuffed in the boot, he has had a long list of builds, including, sadly, two cars stolen within months of being completed. But all those builds were nothing compared with what his 1974 Mazda 616 Capella would evolve into.
New Zealand’s very own V8 Supercar driver Shane Van Gisbergen will be at the wheel of the MCA Suspension ‘Hammerhead’ during this year’s World Time Attack Challenge.
With Earl Bamber now driving for the Porsche Supercup team, the Queensland-based MCA Suspension team was on the lookout for a driver who would be able to takeover driving the MCA S13 Silvia.
Van Gisbergen says: “I can’t wait! The times these cars are doing on radial tyres is just plain nuts, and driving on the absolute limit is where I am most comfortable. With time attack racing there is no need to preserve the car or tyres like in enduro. It is just get in and drive the absolute wheels off it from go to whoa, which suits me just fine. Plus, to be honest, I have a bit of a Silvia thing going on as my road/track day car in New Zealand is an S15.”
This was the view on-board with Robbie Ward in the RIPS Racing R32 GTR on his way to the 7.48 @189MPH run during the last meeting at Meremere Dragway over the weekend. The GT-R has been on fire all season long, and the team had high hopes heading into the final event for great weather and a good track, setting the goal to run a 7.5 and 185MPH. Straight off the trailer the GT-R went 7.60 @ 183MPH to reset their PB and continued to run quicker throughout the day until the 7.48 @ 189mph with a mild 1.23 60ft. With one more run left in the day the team put a full kill tune in and went for broke. Sadly the engine fought back dropping a cylinder during the run. Over the winter the engine will be rebuilt and no doubt the GT-R will return bigger and better.
MY F$&KING BATTERY IS DEAD AGAIN!
This month we take you through a few simple procedures to help you diagnose and fix one of the all-time most irritating car issues — a battery that just can’t be trusted. There’s nothing worse than building your car and finally getting it on the road, then constantly wondering whether it’s going to start the next time you get in it. There are a few potential reasons — maybe your battery is just poked (fingers crossed); your alternator has given up; or something electrical is holding on once the ignition is switched off, draining the battery voltage. Whatever the problem is, it can be found and fixed, hopefully without too much cost and effort — Scott Baillie from Baillie Autoelectrix in Auckland shows us how. For the purposes of this how-to, we’ve used Scott’s 2002 Subaru WRX STI as the test car.
Take a closer look at Shannan Baker’s extremely well-built Evo V street machine — it’s nearly perfect
There’s nothing quite like your very first car — it’s a symbol of all that is great with your new-found adulthood — but there comes a point when you know it’s time to move on, time to grow up, to gain more speed and more grip.
Shannan Baker, from Invercargill, was in that exact situation seven years ago — faced with the sad reality he was going to have to part with his beloved, if slow and heavy, Toyota Celica to upgrade to something new.
We love nothing more here at NZPC than the day the new magazine returns from the printers, that excitement of checking out the freshly printed magazine for the first time is hard to beat. But for issue 210 it marked a sad moment in that it would be the last with Pedey as editor. So with that in mind, we really wanted to go out with a bang and could think of nothing more befitting for the cover than the copper coated Mazda RX-8 of Leon Phillips
This well-balanced JZX100 is a perfect example of going far, but not too far
It seems that in recent times more and more of the cars in our scene are going to one of two extremes — either very minimally modified, or all out, over-the-top, barely-legal race cars for the road, or simply trailer-only race cars, as is becoming more and more common these days. A valley in between those two extremes has been slowly widening, and though it used to be filled with a huge number of hard core street cars, these days there seem to be fewer populating the gap, as people split one of those two ways: street-legal aesthetics or race-only performance.
Aucklander Philip Hyunh shows that not only are there still cars in that gap, but it remains a viable option in a world where laws are getting tougher, and anything performance related is getting more and more expensive. Philip’s 1998 Toyota Chaser Tourer V strikes the perfect balance — it looks good, it’s alarmingly quick, yet it’s still completely streetable, not to mention comfortable — it’s a true all-rounder.