Cars & Motorcycles

NZV8 No 169 June 2019

NZV8 Magazine was conceived when the passionate muscle car scene was in need of an authority. Thanks to a large population of baby boomers, muscle car and V8 culture is booming in New Zealand. NZV8 is not only riding that wave, but leading the way by providing a world class magazine that features the cars, events, like the annual Beach Hop and people that make the scene so exciting. NZV8 covers an extensive range of high-performance V8-engined vehicles. Wherever the local ground shakes to the beat of a tuned eight-cylinder machine, from a drag race meeting to a car show, NZV8 is there and bringing you all the action.

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in this issue

3 min.
commitment, passion, and a quest for knowledge

We all know that the New Zealand V8 scene is an interesting one, made up of a diverse range of people from all types of backgrounds. In fact, I’d say that it’d be really hard to point out a ‘typical’ person within it. There’s no doubt, though, that they have a common passion, and I think that it’s this that is the glue that brings us all together. What made me think about this is the cars featured within the magazine this month — they’re all very different, as are the people who’ve built them and the way in which they’ve gone about their individual projects. The exception this issue, and it’s certainly not the norm, is that three of the five feature car owners are in their 70s. At least…

2 min.
modern-day hemi under glass

CHECK THEMOTORHOOD.COM FOR REGULAR NEWS UPDATES As a race car, the original ‘Hemi Under Glass’ envisioned by shifter magnate George Hurst was a failure, but, as a promotional marketing tool, it was sheer genius. Back in 1965, ‘Wild Bill’ Shrewsberry was hired to drive the Hurst Barracuda, which had undergone a mid-mounted engine conversion. Hurst believed that it would give the car superior traction by transferring more weight to the rear wheels — and it did; only, he hadn’t considered that repositioning the engine would also make the front end considerably lighter, making it impossible to run the car at speed with the front tyres on the ground. The car would go on to help establish and popularize the ‘wheel-stander’ category that later starred cars such as the ‘Little Red Wagon’ Dodge…

1 min.
fifty-five years of mustang

April marked 55 years of the Ford Mustang, with the very first incarnation making its debut in New York City on 18 April 1964. The anniversary also marks the fourth year running that the Mustang has earned the title of the world’s best-selling sports coupe, on the strength of 113,066 cars sold worldwide. The Mustang’s market share in the global sports car segment is up half a point for 2018 over the previous year to 15.4 per cent, fuelled in part by the hot-selling Bullitt, which is sold out in New Zealand. “We broke the mould when Ford launched the Mustang 55 years ago,” said Jim Farley, Ford president global markets. “Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair, and the joy of driving like Mustang; it’s an icon. The roar of…

2 min.
new chevrolet corvette

Over the past two years or so, the next-gen Chevy Corvette has probably been the worst-kept secret in General Motors’ (GM) history — with numerous spy photos of the camouflage-wrapped C8 test mule flooding the Internet — but, in a recent statement, the automaker finally acknowledged the car’s existence, and we now have a date for its release. GM CEO Mary Barra confirmed that the model will be revealed on 18 July 2019. At the same time, she announced that the final production C7 Corvette will be sold by Barrett-Jackson on 28 June in Connecticut, with all proceeds going to charity. At the time of writing, not much else is known about the next-generation of Corvette — the company didn’t even state where the reveal would take place. However, from the…

2 min.
auction of display engines

Way back when, auto trade shows were a big deal for automotive manufacturers. These were the showtime floors on which they could peacock their latest models and technology, which were eaten up by the eager buying public. For a considerable time, display engines were a critical part of this, giving your average joe a passing understanding of the internal-combustion dark arts, while teasing enthusiasts with the latest high-output options. On 17 May, three genuine Mopar display engines from the Steven Juliano Collection will head to auction in Indianapolis, giving buyers an opportunity to own a unique piece of Chrysler high-performance history. The lot is made up of a Plymouth 426 race Hemi, a circa-1969 Dodge 426 street Hemi, and a circa-1970 Plymouth 440 6BBL (six-barrel). Each was created for Chrysler…

3 min.
drag racing and disrespect

Why has Bert King been removed from your drag race quickest times list? I know for a fact that there are a lot of names on that list that competed in the last season. Please explain why they are still there!? I’m not about taking names off your list; I just think that when a driver puts 40-plus years into the sport and your people remove drivers off a list five minutes after a car being sold or other circumstances [it] is very poor form. The two Top Fuel cars at the top of the list have not run for 12-plus months. One sold last year! Top Fuel funny car 24-plus months. John Neilan 24-plus months. Wayne Curry? Ross Windley? Etc. etc. I could keep going but this is not about removing names…