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NZ Performance Car No 276 December 2019

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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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New Zealand
Parkside Media
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
spatially aware

Anyone who has perused the pages of this magazine over the years will undoubtedly know that I have an obsession with workshop spaces. To me, this is almost as important as the projects that reside within, and I think you can tell a lot about a person by the shed they keep. It’s something that has dictated the living situation for my ever-supportive partner and me every time that we’ve shifted. I’ve been lucky to have had some pretty special workshop spaces over the years, from the Kerikeri party pad, complete with garden bar and huge gravel skidpad, to the Remuera mansion where I soda blasted and painted shells — much to the neighbourhood’s dismay — to our Penrose shop, where I built the rotary E36. When building the Penrose shop, I…

2 min.
open your f@#king eyes

It’s not often that an experience pushes me into an angry rant; in most of those circumstances, it’s simply a case of gritting my teeth and letting it go. But when that same experience occurs day in, day out, and seems to be localized solely to the place you live, it’s hard to ignore forever. I’m talking about people pissing around at traffic lights. Why Aucklanders have such an issue with paying attention when stopped at traffic lights is beyond me. It’s a very straightforward task that so many continue to fail at actioning. When the lights are red, you stop — although this first step seems to be hard enough for some — and wait behind the allocated line, watching for the light to change to green, then promptly get on…

1 min.
nz superlap 2019–’20

The country’s only Time Attack–based series, NZ Superlap, is back for its 2019–’20 season with a fresh set of dates just announced. Kicking off at Hampton Downs in November, the series will break over the holiday period before reuniting at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park at Taupo in January, followed by Pukekohe in February, and back to Taupo in March for the final. The previous format carries over, with Pro Open, Pro Street, and Street classes splitting the field. Garth Walden’s 2017 season records at all three tracks still stand in the Pro Open Class, with Garth having clocked 1min 4.487s, 1min 6.217s, and 1min 28.487s at each, respectively, behind the wheel of the Team RevolutioNZ Mitsubishi Evo (4WD) running on Yokohama Advan A050 rubber. In Pro Street, Ian Clegg likewise retains his 2017…

1 min.
two of dtms primary suppliers join forces

When is one bigger and better than two? When two of the biggest wheel designers and manufacturers merge to become one. Wheel Pros and MHT Wheels have combined to become the largest automotive aftermarket wheel platform in the world, meaning double the experience, double the design power, double the impact — forging the way forward (pun intended). Under the Wheel Pros banner, the newly formed conglomerate — along with our own DTM Wheel & Tyre Ltd — will continue to boast all your favourite brands: Dub, Foose, Fuel, Niche, Rotiform, US Mags, KMC, XD, Asanti, American Racing, Moto Metal, Helo, Motegi Racing, and a whole lot more. Celebrating 30 years in the business this year, DTM Wheel & Tyre Ltd continues to be the New Zealand distributor for Wheel Pros, and supplies…

1 min.
the bling company brings you rwb nz 003

Two have already been built on our shores, which you may recall from the cover of NZ Performance Car issue No. 233, although the secretive fraternity that is Rauh-Welt Begriff (RWB) has remained all but a mystery to most of those outside its membership. Few get the chance to see RWB’s creator, Akira Nakai — known for reinventing the Porsche 911 with huge overfenders, big wings, and wild ride heights — personally build a car that is worthy of wearing the nameplate. However, that’s about to change, as Nan Su of The Bling Company, who was one of the owners of the first two incarnations built here, is personally inviting the entire country to come and watch as Nakai-san takes a grinder to Porsche steel and creates the official RWB NZ…

1 min.
mike young dominates rally hokkaido

He told us it was his favourite event back in Issue No. 268 of NZPC, and now Kiwi rally driver Mike Young has claimed the top spot at the penultimate round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), Rally Hokkaido. Mike ended the two-day event with a massive 7min 18s lead over his nearest competitor, piloting the new Cusco-built Toyota TRD C-HR on its rallying debut, and was the quickest across all 16 stages. “It’s really, really awesome to have the win on debut with the C-HR — it couldn’t have gone any better,” the 26-year-old said. “Having done three days of testing with the car, I knew what it was like — that it was strong. All I had to do was to concentrate on my job and, most importantly, have fun.” It…