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NZ Performance Car No 274 October 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.
it’s a choice not a right, so do it right

Getting my pride and joy run over by a steamroller is not my idea of a great way to end a night out, and it seems so unreal it could be straight from the script of a Fast & Furious movie. I’m guessing that the majority of you have seen the footage floating around of the vigilante actions that went down in Silverstream, Welly, last month. ‘Scary’ is probably the first word that comes to mind to describe the scenes in the videos I’ve seen, and we’re damn lucky, as is the roller pilot, that no one was crushed to death. I’m not here to take sides; I’m no saint and was present at similar stand-offs during my teen years — some of the darkest for car enthusiasts in the public perception.…

3 min.
participation badges

We’re living in a rapidly changing world and our automotive landscape is being hit by the roll-on effects. Half a century ago, manufacturers were cranking out sub-models, trim packages, and limited editions as if it they were going out of fashion. Gripped by the ups and downs of manufacturing, the need to stay competitive against other brands meant that there was a seemingly endless supply of options for new-car buyers to get their hands on. However, that was a different time, and the way we live has changed a fair bit over the past 10 years, let alone the past 50. Consumer trends are showing a shying away from a wide range of vehicle purchases and a move towards focusing on safe, family-oriented haulers and economy cars that attempt to combat…

2 min.
d1nz series shake-up for next season

Going 15 years strong and showing no signs of slowing down, it was confirmed on the eve of this year’s CRC Speedshow that the D1NZ National Drifting Championship has become one of the main drawcards in a mega motorsport offering for the 2020 season. The series will undertake a refreshed five-round calendar with three rounds in conjunction with Speedworks Events, which includes the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, BNT V8s, and support classes. Long-running venues such as Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Trustpower Arena, and Pukekohe Park will stay on as regular fixtures; however, the lower North Island will miss out for the first time in several years with Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon and Wellington Speedway dropped from the line-up. The trade-off is that Teretonga Park in Invercargill, where drifting at this level has…

1 min.
60 years of street hoonage

Clocking up a whopping 60 years, the Waimate 50 has become one of the most iconic motorsport events in the country. Each year, thousands descend on the small South Canterbury town of Waimate — a tradition spanning back to 1959, when a young Bruce McLaren went on to win the 50-lap ‘around the houses’ street race. This year’s incarnation will go down between 25 and 27 October (Labour weekend) and promises a series of top-tier motorsport names, including the likes of Hayden Paddon, ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse, and Kenny Smith, among the many drivers who flock from all over to get in on the tight and unforgiving 1.3km Waimate Street Circuit — a race in which the spectators are able to get close enough to the madness to taste the rubber. Friday afternoon…

2 min.
japan win for mike young and new car testing

Kiwi rally driver and Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) competitor Mike Young headed to Japan last month with co-driver Malcolm Read to compete in the Japanese Super Rally Series with the Cusco TRD Yaris. A four-round series that started with the Snow Rally in Tsumagoi and finishes next month with APRC Rally Hokkaido, the Young/Read pairing campaigned the Yokote Rally (round three), which sees temperatures often reaching more than 30°C. These were conditions that they’re used to seeing in Malaysia, testing fitness and endurance to the maximum. “After we completed the recce, I was quietly confident that this was going to be a great gravel rally. The stages were typically twisty and mountainous. Often stages started at the bottom of a mountain and we had to go up and over to the…

1 min.
hyundai goes electric

As the worldwide road-going fleet sees more and more electric vehicle (EV) technology introduced, and the performance that can be expected from these clean, green options only increases, it has only been a matter of time before the phenomenon began finding its way into motorsports. Hyundai Motorsport has announced that work has already begun on an electric race car, heralding a new era of motorsport for the company that has become well established in rallying and circuit racing since its inception in 2012. The multiple rally–winning WRC team, now in its sixth season, is currently leading a closely fought Manufacturers’ Championship, though it has yet to confirm if rallying is the intention for this new electric-powered race car. “A new era is dawning at Hyundai Motorsport. It promises to be a new…