NZ Performance Car

NZ Performance Car No 288 February - March 2021

Since 1996 New Zealand Performance Car has been the voice of the country’s modified import car scene. It was there to see the first import 10-second quarter mile run, there when the first official drift battle ensued, there when the first show trophies were handed out, and there to bring NZ its very first Super Lap time attack event. Each month the very best of NZ’s modified import car scene is served up. It’s New Zealand’s number 1 selling monthly motoring magazine and is New Zealand’s import performance authority and for good reason…it leaves the others for dust.

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japanese is out and euro is in!

William Thomas O’Gorman is an incredibly handy fellow behind the welder and builds a tidy race car, with his previous Toyota AE111 a garage-built work of art. After a couple of successful NZ Superlap Series track days, William decided to make the switch back to the cars more commonly found on the circuit back home in the United Kingdom — this time, making the move to a Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk5. After purchasing the Golf completely stock, his plan is to build it into a sort of “gentleman’s track day machine”, retaining some of the nice European comforts while working on upgrades that provide great bang for buck. William explains, “I have purchased a TTRS/Golf R intercooler, which is a direct fit on the Golf but 20 percent larger and still…

kaz’s vl turbo

There’s nothing quite like the sound of a dosing VL turbo and around three years ago Kaz decided he wanted in on the action. It was to be a long-term project; Kaz daily drove his purchased VL with the factory RB20E engine in place. However, with the dose dream still very much alive, Kaz decided at the start of the Covid lockdown that he would purchase an RB25DET from Osaka Imports. Two days into lockdown, Kaz and his parents had pushed the VL into the shed and had the engine pulled out. A week later, the RB25DET engine was in place and some fabrication was undertaken by a good friend of Kaz’s. Eventually, an auto sparky completed the wiring and the motor was started for the first time. Kaz tells us,…

mazda madhouse

I’m Amy, a day-to-day marketing executive; weekend automotive photographer; and above all, enthusiast of Japanese cars and racing, with a particular fondness for Mazda rotaries. My pride and joy is my 1977 Mazda 808 converted to RX-3, running a 12A bridgeport. I’ve owned it for 11 years, and after spending five years restoring it with my dad, I try to spend as much time driving it as I can. It’s a classic-styled approach to a rotary, just with the addition of SSR MkIIs and a ducktail rear spoiler. My amplified hobbies came by blood. As a Millen on Mum’s side, my uncles Rod’s and Steve’s racing histories have had a lot of influence on my interests and passion to pursue an automotive profession. Their famed careers saw them compete in Mazdas,…

mat alexander

AGE: 18 (WITH 20 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE) // LOCATION: AUCKLAND // OCCUPATION: PLUMBER How did you get into modifying cars? It’s a natural progression growing up in West Auckland: modify everything. I think everyone born out West thinks they’re a street shark of some sort. Some hide from it because they’re scared, some embrace it and don’t really grow out of it. Why the Hilux? We have around 50 Toyota vans, utes, and trucks in our business, Plumbuilt Plumbing. I actually bought this one on a builder’s Facebook site for a massively discounted price early one Sunday morning. It was bright orange and seemed a little dodge, as it was very cheap, and the guy put it up and pulled it down straight after I called him to come look. His request was to “bring…

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drift south round two

Back at it again, Round Two of the 2020/21 Drift South series took on the B Track layout at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, on 7 November. What was already a massively competitive event got even harder with all of the strong performers from Round 1 back and the addition of the pair of You Break We Fix S15 Silvias of Dan Currie and Brogan Mooney, both recent series champs. No one would be wanting to put money on who will come out on top here. After struggling with engine issues at Round One, D1NZ competitor Michael Thorley brought back the old trusty Laurel and showed he can still drive it, taking out the top spot in qualifying with the two top scores. Shannon Davison-Redmond managed to restrain himself and not…