“I’m very aware that building this car probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do” — Patrick O’Carroll is very honest when it comes to his unique 1987 Mitsubishi Mirage Cyborg, and you quickly realise that he’s certainly no idiot. “I should have given up on it a long time ago — probably around the time I put my foot through the fire wall, but I just never did.”
Although he’s now the manager of a busy workshop, seven years ago Patrick was still in school, had just passed his restricted licence, and, despite a serious lack of automotive knowledge, was on the hunt for his first car. After saving his hard-earned Mad Butcher money, Patrick set his sights on
Occupation: Personal assistant
Loves: Shopping, travelling, fast cars
Likes: Swimming, dancing, sunbathing
Dislikes: Spiders, liars/cheaters, hangovers
What do you consider to be your favourite car? Definitely the Mitsubishi Evo, but especially the Evo VIII
And what about your least favourite car? Anything with a Honda badge …
Where might readers have seen you before? If you were at the final of D1NZ, you might have seen me working with E&H Motors and Cam Vernon as a promo girl
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Photos: Adam Croy
There’s nothing quite like the first round of NAC Night Speed Drag Wars at Fram Autolite Dragway in Meremere – plenty of cars, a heap of tight racing and of course, all that traditional fireworks action!
Check out some photos of the night below and make sure you keep an eye out for NZPC issue #193 out november 26 for coverage!
Photos: Erron Soon
For workshop manager Abhinesh Pratap it was love at first sight when he came across his Datsun RoadStar sitting in a container. The previous owner, a sandblaster and car painter by trade, had envisioned big plans for the tiny pickup and had stripped the RoadStar to a bare shell and sandblasted it, before locking it away in a container. Abhinesh knew that he had to have it, as he explains: “I hounded the previous owner until he would sell it — it took a while but eventually he gave in when he bought himself a new project.”