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NZ Performance Car No 277 January 2020

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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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
keeping that fire alive

Mankind has a wicked skill at reading the vibe put off by a fellow human. Perhaps it’s a trait left over from our caveman days, when body language played a huge role in how we communicated, and not being able to read someone could result in your death very quickly. Well, these days, lives are a little less strenuous for the average joe, but we do still carry this trait within. The read that I get off some older people really puts the shits up me, and has done for as long as I can remember — not because I feel threatened in any way, but because I certainly don’t want to end up as one of them. I’m sure you all know these types of people — those old bastards who…

2 min.
this month online

Boy, has there been a whole lot of bullshit going down in the wonderful world of social media this month. I’ve seen the age-old argument of ‘genuine’ v. ‘fake’ wheels reignited for the 10,000th time and descend into a mud-slinging fest as though those involved have vested interest within the respective companies; the demand that everyone #respectallbuilds; and people once again not understanding that if you don’t own a car and haven’t been given permission to touch and/or sit on it — then don’t! That’s a lot of going-ons to unpack in a small editorial, the kind of stuff that I could write whole essays about, so instead I’ll just rattle off a few thoughts and feelings that I jotted down throughout the month. Regardless of where you sit on the scale…

1 min.
new pb for harvey

If you ever wondered what goes through Rod Harvey’s mind mid five-second pass, we have the answer; “This motherf##ker is flying”. Well, at least that’s what was going through his mind during the recent 5.69@259mph during the Atlantic Oils East Coast Thunder at Sydney Motorsport Park. The pass wasn’t without some drama, with the Yuasa Camry touching the limiter just before the finish line, and one of the chutes tearing, which at just shy of 260mph is a scary prospect. Lucky Rod was able to pull it up undamaged. Leading into the event, the addition of a new slightly bigger front cover on the turbo, and a few set-up changes to the clutch clearly paid off for the team and Rod says the data shows low 5.60s are a real possibility,…

1 min.
animal style gp driver entry and tickets live

Last issue, we brought you the announcement that internationally acclaimed Drift Team Animal Style will be bringing their home-grown US style to Hampton Downs Club Circuit on Saturday, 18 January and Monday, 20 January 2020. Since the day it came onto the drifting scene back in 2009, Drift Team Animal Style has been known for its aggressive, sharp driving and unparalleled car styling. Now, thanks to the team behind the massively successful Pink Style GP, which saw Naoki Nakamura himself grace our shores back in 2017 — D-Club and C’s Garage — the guys from Animal Style will make their way to our neck of the woods in 2020! Driver entry, ticket purchasing, and merchandise can all be found on the D-Club website (dclubgp.com) — but don’t muck around, as this will…

1 min.
nick cassidy wins super gt final, loses championship

With consecutive wins and strong placings across multiple rounds, including winning the final at Twin Ring Motegi (2–3 November), TOM’S Racing driver Kiwi Nick Cassidy, has fallen just two heartbreaking points short of taking out his second Super GT series title. Although Kazuya Oshima and Kenta Yamashita came into the final as favourites, with a strong seven-point lead over Cassidy and co-driver Ryo Hirakawa, it nearly didn’t go the way of the Japanese duo after a controversial incident. Yamashita sent his car down the inside of Yuhi Sekiguchi, with the former locking up and the pair coming out of the corner side by side before entering the final chicane, where they collided and skated off the track. No official action was taken, and the pair returned to the track. Yamashita sprinted away…

1 min.
andre heimgartner stays on at kelly racing

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship team Kelly Racing has announced that Kiwi driver André Heimgartner will continue competing for the team with a new multi-year contract as Kelly Racing prepares to switch over to the Ford Mustang platform next year — marking a departure from the established Nissan Altima that debuted in 2013. Heimgartner joined Kelly Racing for the 2018 Supercars season, and the outgoing season has been his most successful in his four-year stint thus far, including a podium at Phillip Island back in April. “Kelly Racing backed me to return to Supercars, and it’s fantastic to lock down the future and continue this journey together,” Heimgartner said. “It was always my preference to stick by the team that have supported me, and the opportunities for next year are really the icing…