Cars & Motorcycles

NZV8 No 174 November 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.
lengthening the shadow

One of the best things about working on a magazine like NZV8 is the people you meet along the way. I guess, since the owners are generally excited to have their cars featured, I get to see the best side of people; they’re happy, polite, and friendly. The conversations generally centre around their cars, of which they’re rightfully proud, even if somewhat modest. With all of this positivity, what I don’t see is their personal struggle — if they have one. Dave Burt is one feature car owner who always stood out to me — not just due to his awesome GTX, but because he had his shit together. He runs a successful business, has a great family, and is generally just a happy-go-lucky, good dude to have the privilege of…

1 min.
mclaughlin breaks lowndes’ record

Clocking up his 17th win of the season, Scott McLaughlin has not only crowned himself the most winning Penske driver in the team’s 52-year history — a record previously held by Mark Donohue, with 16 race wins for Team Penske across the 1968 season — but also eclipsed Craig Lowndes’ 1996 race win record, all on home soil at Pukekohe Park Raceway at the recent ITM SuperSprint. After starting fifth, McLaughlin took the win under controversial circumstances, after a mid-race safety car issue that shook up the field and caused several front runners to drop way down the field. Fellow Shell V-Power Racing driver Fabian Coulthard was one of those drivers affected when the safety car picked up Lee Holdsworth instead of then race leader McLaughlin, holding half the field at…

1 min.
mickey thompson streamliner goes to auction

Yep, the namesake behind one of the most famous drag racing tyre brands in the world built a land-speed racing streamliner in which his son, Danny, set a land-speed record for a piston-powered vehicle at nearly 450mph — and in January next year it will go under the hammer. Mickey Thompson’s original Challenger I stirred up the land-speed racing world with four Pontiac V8s crammed into the tightest body possible. It debuted in 1959 and hit 406.6mph the following year. The successor to the Challenger I, the Autolite Special, appeared in 1968 bearing a pair of Ford SOHC 427 engines installed in tandem to reduce the streamliner’s width and frontal area. But by then jet-engined cars had taken over. What’s more, Bonneville flooded that year and despite the vehicle’s first…

1 min.
fastest woman on four wheels passes away

Race car driver and TV personality Jessi Combs died after a fatal crash chasing a land speed record in North American Eagle in August. She was 39 years old. Days before the crash on a dry lake bed in Oregon, Jessi posted on social media: “It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire … those who are willing are those who achieve great things. People say I’m crazy. I say thank you.” Jessi found fame as a host on All Girls Garage and Overhaulin’, but her real passion was fabricating and racing. Her pursuits led her to break a 48-year women’s land speed record in 2013, and her off-road racing accolades include a class victory in the 2016 King of the Hammers. She was admired for determination…

1 min.
dedicated circuit planned for bathurst

Made up of roads open to the public most of the year, Bathurst’s legendary Mount Panorama circuit is only available for a handful of races, but that’s set to change with the addition of a second, dedicated circuit adjacent to Mount Panorama. The Mount’s existing tarmac configuration has existed for over a century and the first motorsport event on the 6.2km circuit was held in 1938. It is still regularly used by tourists, along with the local residents who rely on it for their daily commutes — especially those lucky few whose driveways connect directly to the circuit. That’s one reason race organizers are restricted in available dates throughout the year. It’s also for that reason that the Bathurst City Council is planning a second circuit on roughly 500 acres just…

1 min.
james hetfield donates 10 of his custom hot rods

He might have rock god as a day job but Metallica’s lead vocalist, James Hetfield, is also known to be a serious petrolhead, and he has just donated 10 gorgeous hot rods from his collection to the Petersen Automotive Museum. “It’s always an escape,” Hetfield said in a promotional video for the band’s 2012 Orion music festival, which featured a custom car show. “It’s a way for me to get really microscopic. When you’re down there welding, you’re in a zone … and it’s the same with music. This is a form of expression; this is a form of freedom. You can get away with driving something like his customized 1934 Packard Aquarius and still have your personality show through.” A long-standing member of the Beatniks Car Club, Hetfield has worked…