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NZ Performance Car No 278 February 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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Parkside Media
6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
own that challenge

For most of you, by the time you’re reading this, work/study will be over for the year and summer will be welcoming you with open arms. My summer holidays will involve plenty of methanol, dirt, prepping between races, and heading to the beach with my family. It was 12 months ago exactly that I mentioned I was building an F2 midget and at the time of writing this, I’m fighting through my final issues and about to strap myself in for the first time. So, all going to plan, if you’re heading to the Springs over summer, I’ll expect a hello if you’re passing my pit space. It’s been a testing time trying to piece that damn thing together, and despite the size and seemingly simple design that a midget has,…

3 min.
public health warning

Look, there’s no easy way to tell you this; it’s not something that I ever thought would happen to me and I’m at a loss for words. One minute you’re living a healthy, normal life, and the next you wake up to the crushing realization that it’s all going to change. I know this news will be just as crushing to you. However, I hope we can all come to terms with it given some time. I like electric vehicles (EVs). Before I get knocked on the head with a tyre iron and shipped off to a secure ward to be recalibrated, let me explain what I’m talking about. I don’t specifically like the mundane, commuter kind, your plug-in Nissan Leaf or hybrid Prius and so forth; I like the whole concept…

1 min.
paddon rallysport launches ben nevis station hill climb

Central Otago is set to receive a new gravel hill-climb event thanks to Kiwi rally hero Hayden Paddon. Run by his Paddon Rallysport Group, the Ben Nevis Station Golden 1200 Hillclimb in Cromwell will take place over 7–8 March 2020. It is intended to be a sister event to the iconic Race to the Sky, which Paddon Rallysport is currently working to bring back for 2021. If the famed hill climb does return, the two events will run on alternating years. The hill climb will use 6km of Nevis Road, a remote high-country route between Bannockburn and Kingston, with Ben Nevis Station featuring as the service park and hill-climb start. Each driver will get three runs each day, and the fastest time from each day will count towards the competitor’s final…

1 min.
hartley and bamber inducted into fia hall of fame

In a ceremony at Automobile Club de France, veteran Kiwi racers Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber were among 29 title winners from the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame. The ceremony celebrated the efforts of world champion endurance racers from around the globe, and the pair joined 33 champions of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and the 17 winners of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) inducted in the previous two editions. “Endurance racing occupies a special place in the history of motorsport as well as in my heart, and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans is a major event on the WEC calendar,” FIA president Jean Todt said. “It is, therefore, my greatest pleasure to inaugurate 29 FIA WEC title winners into…

1 min.
red bull drift shifters goes to denmark

Ever since we got our first taste of Red Bull Drift Shifters on the streets of Auckland City back in 2012, we’d been waiting for it to go international. In 2018 it finally did, tearing up the streets of Liverpool in the UK. After our own Gaz Whiter took out the top spot at that event, we’ve been hanging out to get word of what country would next play host to this unique sideways competition. The man behind it, Mad Mike Whiddett, announced last month that thanks to having already undertaken some wild projects there and meeting a heap of rad fans, he is excited to unleash his high-octane pinball event in Herning, Demark! The date is set for 16 May 2020, and a full driver line up has yet to…

2 min.
russell vare claims d1nz pro-sport season opener

In a refreshed season opener that saw the D1NZ National Drifting Championship Pro-Sport class run separately from the Pros and hosted at the Drift Matsuri Spring Break, Waiuku drifter Russell Vare claimed a seemingly unlikely win to kick off his 2019–’20 campaign. Going down at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, Vare nearly didn’t make the round after setbacks meant that he was left without a comp car and was forced to step into the driver’s seat of the Matthew Brown–owned Nissan Silvia S15. The pair qualified 9th and 10th respectively in the 20-car field. The shocks hit straight away as series veteran Calvin Clark, who had qualified 16th, knocked out top qualifier Adam Whitehead in the Top 16 battles. Clark went on to battle Vare in the Top 8 but was duly…