Cars & Motorcycles

NZV8 No 171 August 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

2 min.
knock it off

Counterfeit products are a sad but real part of the performance-parts industry, and they have become more prevalent over the past few years. New Zealand is not immune from this problem, although it’s not as serious in the V8 scene as it is in some others — at least, that we’re aware of. It is, however, getting worse, and, while we’ll never be able to stop it — after all, New Zealand is just a tiny blip in the global market — we can do our best to ensure that it doesn’t become commonplace here. Thankfully, one thing that will help limit it is the LVVTA and the LVV certification process — many countries do not have an equivalent of this. The cert process does make it more difficult to…

1 min.
auction of petty’s plymouth pairing

While this Plymouth Superbird and Road Runner pairing may have had only a three-year run in Nascar between them, with seven-time champion Richard ‘The King’ Petty, the series’ most successful driver, behind the wheel, they shared a total of 46 race wins and two series championship titles! Rule changes rendered the 1970 Plymouth Superbird obsolete after a single season, while the 1971 Plymouth Road Runner lasted two seasons before suffering the same fate. It was a short amount of time for both cars, yet they racked up solid results and are now almost priceless pieces of Nascar history that will have a value attached to them when they cross Mecum’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, auction stage as part of the Todd Werner Collection. It’s hard to determine which of the two has the more…

1 min.
bigfoot creator inducted into hall of fame

Nothing encompasses the downright excess of the 1980s quite like the big, loud, and wild sport of monster trucks. Right there at the forefront of it was ‘Bigfoot’, a Ford F250 from St Louis, Missouri. Bigfoot was the product of truck builder Bob Chandler. Now, some 45 years later, Bob’s efforts are being acknowledged by his induction into the SEMA Hall of Fame. Before Bob started breaking parts on his ’74 Ford F250 while away on camping trips back in 1975, the monster truck as we know it simply didn’t exist, and, without him, it may never have. To improve trail clearance, Bob installed 48-inch tyres; the bigger tyres put more stress on the axles, so he installed military-spec axles; the bigger tyres and axles required more power to turn,…

1 min.
drop-top cuda fetches us$1.98m

At the latter end of the ’60s, Plymouth kept busy by redesigning the famed Barracuda for the 1970 model year, removing all its previous commonality with the Valiant. From the thousands of examples produced in numerous options, only 14 Cudas were built as convertibles with the 426ci Hemi. Even fewer came with the 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission, making the 1970 Hemi Cuda convertible that recently sold at Mecum’s Indianapolis sale a pretty damn rare example of E-body muscle. Adding to the rarity of the Cuda was the car’s Canadian history — one of three delivered north of the border and one of the two surviving examples after the third was reportedly destroyed. However, it was the option under the Shaker hood that mattered most: the 426 Street Hemi rated to 425hp…

1 min.
full power from ford

Ford created buzz online recently with the release of its ‘Venomous Strike’, a V8 power plant producing 760hp and 625lb·ft of torque that will debut in the all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. What makes this significant is that Ford is claiming it to be not only the most powerful street-legal Blue Oval–wearing offering to date but also the “most power and torque dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world”. This monster of a car will be offered in only left-hook configuration and on American soil, but you can bet that one or two will make the journey to our shores via private imports.…

4 min.
fairlanes and fairness

Hi, Todd. Congratulations on another top coverage of Beach Hop at Whangamata. The mag gave a good balance of group and feature photos with some exceptions. My following comments are made with the greatest respect for your team and I have tried to offer what I feel are practical and affordable suggestions for a better product, especially the DVD. For instance, this year, the Galaxies and Fairlanes led out the cars for Saturday’s Grand Parade. Surely, a photo of the cars as a group could have been taken before they moved out, as it was only a few of the Galaxies featured in the mag photo. The DVD is overdue for a makeover, both in terms of content and presentation. To me it has become stale, with too much older coverage repeated. The worst omission…