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NZV8 No 170 July 2019

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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.
all in the definition

If you want to start a debate among car people, there’s an easy way to do it: simply ask for a definition of a ‘hot rod’. The dictionary definition would state that it’s something along the lines of a pre-1949 car stripped to the bare bones for maximum performance with minimal cash outlay. While the purists may still push that definition, I somewhat disagree. The reason hot rodding was based on pre-’49 vehicles is that that was what was readily available when the young servicemen returned from war. The cars they got their hands on were what they could afford, and ones they could modify themselves. I’m not saying that what’s affordable should become a rolling definition, but I think that that part of ‘hot rodding’ is overlooked a bit, with people…

1 min.
rhd camaro zl1 in production

With the Australian lion, Holden, having been put down, and its designated performance-vehicle partner HSV left without a mainline, it was only a matter of time before a replacement was found within the GM family. That was, of course, the Chev Camaro, and HSV has recently confirmed the maximum power and torque figures for its right-hand-drive New Zealand–bound Camaro ZL1 supercar, as well as how much it will cost you to own one locally. HSV has been given the all-clear to convert the ZL1 range, which will be made up of both automatic- and manual-transmission options. Peak power will be a confirmed 477kW, with torque measuring in at 881Nm. HSV managing director Tim Jackson stated: “As a brand synonymous with higher performance, these numbers are sure to inspire GM, HSV, and performance…

2 min.
svo for ford mustang

Low-production special editions have been exciting the car world since day dot, and, back in the early ’80s, a small team of Ford engineers and designers set about reinventing the Mustang, with a focus on handling, as opposed to straight-line speed. The result was a European-influenced sports coupe powered by a turbocharged-and-intercooled 2.3-litre, four-cylinder engine known as the ‘Mustang SVO’. Nearly 40 years later, Ford is calling on that experience to launch a whole new line of current-generation Mustangs. While there is already a 2.3-litre EcoBoost-powered Mustang that’s good for 310hp and 351lb·ft of torque — we took a closer look at it back in 2016 — the upcoming SVO-inspired iteration will be powered by a unique variant built by Ford Performance in Valencia, Spain. It was previously fitted to the…

1 min.
big boss reunion

Homologation is one hell of a rule; it’s birthed some of the world’s favourite models. After Ford captured the 1967 Trans-Am manufacturers’ championship, only to be dominated by Chevrolet with its Camaro the following year, 1969 saw the debut of an all-new version of the Mustang. However, the automaker needed a platform to carry the Hemi-headed 429ci V8 that it had developed specifically for Nascar. The resulting homologation-special Boss 429 Mustangs went on to become performance legends and sought-after collectables. Come 30 August to 1 September, the Boss Reunion 2019, at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in the US, will honour these and other limited-production Boss models. You can find out what makes these cars so special elsewhere in this issue, or, if interested, find out about the event at bossreunion.com.…

2 min.
little red wagon rises again

Mike Mantel’s name may sound familiar to you, simply because, just last issue, we were talking about the ‘Hemi Under Glass’ Plymouth Barracuda that he owns. This time, though, it’s another wheelstander in his collection that is making waves over in the US — well, two, actually. You see, Mike has managed to get his hands on the original ‘Little Red Wagon’ Dodge A100 built by Jim Schaeffer and John Collier in 1964 and extensively campaigned by Bill ‘Maverick’ Golden through to 2003. It may very well be the most famous pickup truck of all time. Built to match race in the NHRA’s Altered Factory eXperimental (A/FX) class, thanks to the 426 Hemi stuffed in the bed of the 90-inch-wheelbase cab-overengine (COE) pickup, it garnered unique and potentially terrifying handling properties…

4 min.
unfounded rumours

Some social-media users may have seen the rather confusing and concerning ‘message’ below, relating to collector vehicles and modified vehicles: “Blind implementation of percentage of electric cars to be on the roads in the next 7 years to replace ‘ older fuel burning vehicles’ The leader of the Green Party (coalition partner) mandating removal of older cars from NZ roads that dont meet CURRENT vehicle safety standards, Sub Section 4a of the proposed GCT that catergorically states ‘Collector Cars’ will be taxable on profit generated. Transport Minister Twyfords statement at the 2018 RTF [Road Transport Forum] Conference that “modified vehicles have no place in NZ” … and thats just the start.” I was made aware of this message by a number of people within the car community in New Zealand early…