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NZ4WD April 2021

NZ4WD is for people interested in 4WD vehicles and the lifestyle activities associated with them. It covers a range of topics of interest to the 4WD vehicle buyer and driver. It aims to provide a wide range of information covering vehicle selection (new and used), 4WD destinations both New Zeland and International, accessories and upgrading, 4WD clubs and 4WD sport, lifestyle activities associated with 4WD, adventure and track stories and technical articles

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2 min
from the editor

BOLLOCKS TO ‘BE KIND’ ‘Be Kind’ has become some sort of ‘mantra du jour’ since the PM started using it when the Covid-19 coronavirus ‘epidemic’ first arrived here. That was a whole year ago now, however, and if you were either one of the first to contract it, or – if you had a (usually elderly) close relative/ loved one die of the virus – then you needed, nay you ‘deserved,’ all the kindness, the rest of us, wrapped up, as it were, in our own little family-based bubbles, could muster. We were, after-all, a ‘team of five million’ and what was good for one of us must – by definition – be good for the other 4,999,999. A lot – of course – can change in a year. For example. My own attitude and…

1 min
aussie ‘gong’ for terrain tamer’s allan gray

Tuesday January 26 was a big day for Terrain Tamer’s very own Allan Gray, who made the Australia Day 2021 Honours list, and was awarded a ‘Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)’ for service to the community through social welfare organisations. For over a decade the now 86-year-old 4WD Industry icon has been involved with the St Vincent De Paul Society’s Soup Van service, out volunteering each week and – as he says – “meeting some fantastic people on the street during this time.” When Covid-19 arrived to Australia, regulations restricted Allan from being able to continue his weekly routine supporting Vinnies, but he says that it won’t be long before he is back out there and encouraging others to go with him, so they too can see the other side…

1 min
your4s kumho tyres winner

If you are a regular reader of NZ4WD you might remember 2020 Your4s readers’ photos competition winner Merv Moodie’s winning portfolio from the December issue – and the Ed’s comments that it was only Merv’s persistence which saw them finally arrive (in all their grunty 17MB each glory) in the office computer’s inbox. Merv is seen here in his hometown of Christchurch collecting his prize – a set of four brand, spanking new Kumho 4x4 tyres – from the boss of NZ importer Blairs Tyres, Andrew Blair. Good on you Merv mate.…

2 min
potent new v8 and special editions join new defender line-up

Land Rover has launched a powerful new Defender V8 as part of a range of enhancements to its latest luxury 4x4 model. The new 386kW (525PS)/625Nm Defender V8 and flagship Defender V8 Carpathian Edition provide a unique combination of performance and capability, with bespoke chassis settings that Land Rover claims deliver new levels of driver engagement and agility both on and off-road. The powerful new models build on decades of Land Rover V8 heritage – spanning the original Stage I V8 of the 1970s, North American-spec models from the 1990s and the more recent Defender Works V8 – as the characterful engine joins the latest range of efficient Ingenium petrol, diesel and advanced plug-in hybrid Land Rover powertrains. The V8 petrol engine isn’t the only introduction. There’s also a new XS Edition, with…

1 min
adventure-ready land rover defender works v8 trophy

Land Rover Classic is continuing the expedition legacy of the original Defender with a limited production run of adventure-ready Defender Works V8 Trophy vehicles for an exclusive competition at Eastnor Castle later this year. Based on the re-engineered 2012-2016 Defender Works V8 developed by Land Rover Classic the new Works V8 Trophy spec. includes a 297.8kW (405PS)/515Nm 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and comprehensive uprated suspension, steering and braking packages, specifically tailored for off-road use. Twenty-five examples of the Defender Works V8 Trophy, in a mixture of 90 and 110 Station Wagon body designs, will be exclusively finished in a unique Eastnor Yellow paint colour with matching 16-inch steel wheels. Additional all-terrain kit includes a front winch, multi-point expedition cage, roof rack, underbody protection, A-bar, raised air intake, LED…

2 min
ccvc wellington south coast beach clean up

On a wet and windy Saturday morning at the end of October last year over 30 vehicles and 70 club members turned out on Wellington’s South Coast to help clean-up the beach. Days like this one are nothing special for the 4WD club the members belong to, Wellington’s Cross Country Vehicle Club (CCVC). On the contrary, members of the cub spend a lot of time on the South Coast, replanting the dunes and maintaining Capital Kiwi’s traplines through Te Kopahua Reserve as well. Actually , as it turned out, the Saturday, October 31 day did end up being a little bit special as we kicked off with speeches from the NZFWDA’s (and CCVC’s) Grant Purdie National PRO, Wellington Mayor Andy Foster, old mate Rob Goulden (ex-City Councilor) and our kaumatua of the…