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NZ4WD June 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

New Zealand
Adrenalin Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
no way to behave!

Look, in theory I was there in my ‘professional’ capacity as the Editor of this ‘august journal.’ In practice, though – by the look of the packed car park anyway – I could have been like any other local or regular recreational user of Muriwai Beach (on Auckland’s west coast) concerned enough to attend a public meeting put on by Auckland Council at the community’s flash Surf Club on a cold, wet Tuesday evening in late April. Like most regular visitors to the long, flat black sand beach I have developed a real affinity for the place which – naturally – I access via a 4WD. To do so I have to apply online every time I want to go there for a special Beach Driving Permit. But that is no…

2 min
land rover defender named 2021 world car design of the year

Land Rover’s all-new Defender has been named 2021 World Car Design of the Year at the annual World Car Awards. It’s the third time Land Rover has claimed the coveted prize following previous wins for Range Rover Velar (2018) and Range Rover Evoque (2012). New Defender is available in a choice of body designs and can be personalised with a choice of four different Accessory Packs. The World Car Design of the Year prize recognises the most outstanding new car of the last 12 months and rewards vehicles demonstrating the highest standards of technical innovation and design and that push established boundaries. Prof. Gerry McGovern OBE, Chief Creative Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “New Defender is influenced by its past but is not constrained by it and we are delighted it has been honoured…

1 min
m-b adds second g-wagen to local line-up

The new Mercedes-Benz G 400 joins the Mercedes-AMG G 63 as the second member of the distinctive ‘G-Wagen’ family in New Zealand. Packing the most power of any diesel in the history of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range – the six-cylinder 243 kW/700 Nm 3.0-litre OM 656 – the G 400 d is underpinned by a ladder-type frame made of steel up to 3.4 mm thick and comes complete with a low range transfer case, three diff locks for the all-wheel drive system plus a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Suspension with adaptive damping is standard on New Zealand-delivered vehicles, as is a 15-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, electronically adjustable and heated leather front seats, three-zone climate control, an off-road information centre including altitude, compass, body angle, wheel angle and inclination, a parking package including…

1 min
ccvc photo comp run and won

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the CCVC Central (aka Wellington) division earlier this year NZ4WD magazine offered the organising committee five free subscriptions to the mag as an incentive for members to dig out their old photo albums and submit photos of club activities across all five decades the club has now been in operation. Here are the winners of those mag subs.…

1 min
and motu safari photo comp makes two

Another photo comp NZ4WD supported over the summer just passed was the Motu Safari one. This time our job was simple – or so we thought – pick a single winning shot from the 30 or so submitted. The first problem came, however, with what I suppose you could call, ‘eligibility criteria.’ Like others who signed up for this year’s Motu, regular NZ4WD mag contributor Kevin Isemonger paid his entry fee plus the cost of getting to and from the event base so should have been eligible to enter the photo comp. So good were his pics, however that we felt that – as a regular contributor to NZ4WD magazine – it would be ‘sending the wrong message’ if we simply picked one of his three shots and called it ‘the winner.’ Keeping…

2 min
oxford series one

Recently I was invited by Mike Sheppard, Chairman of the Canterbury Combined 4WD Clubs, to attend the Basil Phelps skills competition day where I was introduced to ‘Oxford’ arguably the most famous ‘Series’ Land Rover in the world. I must admit that I wasn’t even aware of Oxford until that day, but after having seen it and researched it, I felt that its story needed to be told. That story started back in 1955, well before I was born. Six undergraduates from Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK, were recruited for a scientific expedition in which they would drive from London to Singapore, overland. This had been attempted before but up until this point, none of these attempts had been successful. OLD SKOOL TIES Land Rover sponsored the trip and provided two Series…