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NZ Performance Car

NZ Performance Car No 273 September 2019

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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in this issue

3 min.
i’m listening

Wow, last month it looks like I really struck a chord with a lot of people. Judging by the number of messages I received about last month’s editorial, a lot of you agree with what I was saying regarding not everyone needing to build monster power machines. So, thanks to anyone that took the time to reach out and let me know your thoughts on the subject. It got me thinking: if I can get that many of you to holla about what I’m writing in my ed, can I also extract the same amount of feedback about the content direction of NZPC? It’s something that plays on my mind all the time, ensuring what we deliver is what you want to read. After all, it’s you guys that read the…

3 min.
going the distance

How much does mileage weigh in on a car purchase for you? For most, it’s a big driving factor as to whether or not that cold hard cash will be handed over. There are those that simply won’t even touch anything considered to have high-kilometres, regardless of the condition it may be in. Many still use the benchmark of any six-figure number with a ‘2’ or higher in front of it as the be-all and end-all. Others are a bit more lenient, although they generally want to pay as little as possible for the car in question. It’s understandable, too, as for a long time I shared the same mindset for no other reason than that’s what those around me thought. Perhaps it’s a byproduct of the automotive manufacturing industry…

1 min.
nzdra and ihra unite

You know it’s a pretty big deal when an email hits your inbox announcing that the powers that be at the New Zealand Drag Racing Association (NZDRA) and International Hot Rod Association New Zealand (IHRA) have set aside their differences to host a joint National Drag Racing Series for the 2019–’20 and 2020–’21 seasons. The long-running disagreement regarding rules and regulations, which has divided the two drag racing governing bodies, finally appears to be settling, with both the racers and spectators set to benefit from the resolution. The existing NZDRA National Series and IHRA NZ National Series will be replaced by the new joint venture, which will comprise eight events, culminating in the New Zealand Nationals to be held at Meremere Dragway and the finals at Masterton Motorplex, both in March…

1 min.
fuel price hikes

If it’s not the multibillion-dollar companies that sell it to us hiking the price any time the oil value changes, then it’s the government slapping a fresh round of taxes to take its cut. As of 1 July, we’ve seen another 3.5 cents a litre added at the pump, thanks to a law passed under urgency that implements the second of three annual increases to the fuel tax. The tax increase comes at a time when prices were already heading northwards, with a litre of 91 octane costing an average of $2.28, according to AA Petrolwatch, while 95 octane is $2.37 and diesel $1.68 pre the July hike. AA spokesman Mark Stockdale said that the higher fuel prices won’t be welcomed by the public. “Last year’s increase came at the worst possible time;…

1 min.
auction of btcc

Our readers will be well aware of the status that the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) still holds among many motorsport enthusiasts, having reigned over the Super Touring era that saw multiple countries hold their own championships packed to the brim with ground-scraping, twolitre-powered weapons of mass destruction. Thankfully for those who remember seeing these cars in their heyday, there are still plenty of examples kicking about across the world, and interest in preserving these relics has never been higher. One particular car with a Kiwi connection is about to go under the hammer in the UK. The No. 23 factory-backed Nissan Primera hides one hell of an SR20DE under the bonnet, sending out a whopping 240kW to the front wheels, and is backed by an Xtrac six-speed sequential. While most will…

1 min.
is paddon back in wrc?

The end of 2018 brought bad news for Kiwi rally fans after our only World Rally Championship (WRC) driver, Hayden Paddon, was essentially dropped from his Hyundai racing team. It wasn’t the result we had all hoped for, after an already reduced 2018 season. However, on 4 July, the man himself broke the good news that he and co-driver John Kennard are back in the WRC for a one-event stint, which may very well lead to a more permanent drive in the series! The pair will campaign Rally Finland (1–4 August) behind the wheel of an M-Sport Fiesta WRC car, and Paddon had this to say about the call-up: “We are working hard over the next [four] weeks to make sure we throw everything and the kitchen sink at this event.…