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.
We all know our esteemed editor has a bit of a soft spot for old Zeds, so when this video of Chris Forsberg drifting his own RB-powered 280Z (S30) popped up this morning, he spent the next 20 minutes showing it to everyone in the office. There’s nothing quite like seeing old school Japanese tin on opposite lock!
Five years in the making, this FD RX-7 is one car you won’t forget in a hurry
Growing up in small-town rural New Zealand can leave teenagers with not a lot to do in their spare time, and we’d hazard a guess that’s at least partly what’s led to the term ‘misspent youth’. Some drink, some fight, and others find solace in terrorizing back-country roads with high-speed runs, drifting, burnouts, and, often as a by-product, police chases. It’s the bio of many who now keep their driving antics on the track.
Max Flower grew up in rural Waikato, and his teenage years took a similar path, as the NZPC team came to learn during the shoot. Max had plenty of tales to tell of his own misspent youth, with most of his teenage years passing without a licence and handing over considerable amounts of his weekly wage to the Ministry of Justice, which is just how he came to be nicknamed ‘Mad Max’ by a friend’s mum. However, as many others have found, there comes a time when you have to decide call it quits and, for want of a better term, ‘go legit’. For Max, it all came to a head with one final brush with the law that involved a police chase through the Hamilton streets, as he explains: “I decided I was never going to do that again, and that I needed to build a track car. I wanted something that could be competitive in not only drifting but drag racing, burnouts, and the show scene, doing a bit of each while setting up the car before committing 100 per cent to drifting a year later.” With his mind made up to give away the street antics, his 447kW (600hp) Series 5 RX-7 was put up for sale in 2008, and subsequently on-sold to a new owner.