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NZV8 No 176 January 2020

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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New Zealand
Parkside Media
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the choice is yours

It’s a great time to be a car enthusiast in New Zealand. Why’s that, you ask? Well, in terms of car magazines, the New Zealand market is well catered for. No matter what your interest is, there’s a magazine aimed at it. The best thing, though, is that each title is different from the others. I guess in NZV8’s target market, there are three or four main contenders, if you like — NZV8 and two/three others. Each takes a different approach to things, and each one’s core market is slightly different. Sure, there’s a little crossover now and then, but, on the whole, the magazines all complement one another. With the market being so small, there’s a well-known unspoken rule about cars generally being featured in just one magazine rather than…

1 min.
mark your calendars

While it’s not a show that we’d typically cover, it’s certainly one that is attracting more and more attention from our readers and the wider V8 community. The Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance and Classic Car Show is hosted by our sister title NZ Classic Car each year and is actually the biggest one day car show on our shores, held at the Ellerslie Racecourse on February 9. While you might think it’s all wooden wheels and funny little British sports cars, with over 1000 cars entered you’d be surprised at what you will come across from Australia and America while walking the rows. It’s the perfect day out for those with a taste for rare models you’d shudder to cut and modify.…

1 min.
dodge and mopar unveil 2020 drag pak

CHECK THEMOTORHOOD.COM FOR REGULAR NEWS UPDATES For the first time since 2016, the iconic Dodge and Mopar duo will produce a factory-built, drag race–specific iteration of the Challenger. Officially titled the ‘2020 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak’, the Challenger, which will be delivered straight from the factory as a race-ready, turnkey package, is powered by a supercharged 354ci Hemi backed by a three-speed Turbo 400 transmission. A Strange Engineering axle assembly, Racetech seats, Racepak Smartwire system, and Bilstein double-adjustable struts have also been added. The fourth-generation Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak was debuted to a packed house at the 2019 SEMA Show, with Dodge and Mopar confirming that just 50 of the cars will be built. Both brands hope that the new-generation iteration will build on the Drag Pak’s previous success as a…

1 min.
shelby shows dragon snake gt500 at sema

If you read about the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s 0–60mph time of 3.3 seconds last week and thought That’s slow, don’t stress, because Shelby American is here to fix that for you. The iconic tuning house revealed an even quicker GT500 at the SEMA Show, having decided to make the model into a single-minded machine that prioritizes straight-line speed over everything else. It’s called the ‘Shelby Dragon Snake’ — forget the Super Snake; this is a damn snake dragon monster of a creation. As of now it’s only a concept — Shelby hasn’t given final power or acceleration figures yet. Based on a stock GT500, which produces 760hp, and with Shelby stating that it’s working with something well over 800hp, there doesn’t seem to be a huge amount of wriggle…

1 min.
the genesis of pro-touring up for auction

In his own words, Mark Stielow “was not attempting to create a new genre of cars” but “attempting to harden an old Camaro enough to survive One Lap of America”. Unless you’re familiar with Mark’s creations, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro would look like just another example on modern wheels. However, it’s far more than that, as the car known as ‘Tri-Tip’ has been credited with starting the pro-touring movement. The first of any kind is hard to define from an evolutionary perspective, especially when it comes to custom cars. ‘New’ ideas are generally inspired by and adapted from the past, taking the best of something and improving on it. Certain cars serve as reference points, becoming popular and significant enough to inspire others to follow the same mould. While Tri-Tip wasn’t necessarily the…

2 min.
frosty finally in the fives

Andy Frost has been knocking on the five-second door for some time, attempting to retake the quickest and fastest street-legal car records, which have been held by Jeff Lutz (USA) at 5.85 and 251mph for the past couple of years. However, finally, on 12 November, after five years of struggles, Andy and the ‘Red Victor’ are well on the way to achieving their goals, running a 5.95 at a stellar 260mph at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC). Unlike some Pro Mods with indicators and a horn, Andy’s RV3 is a legitimate street car that has been through the scratch-built system in the UK, including passing the emissions and noise level tests. Andy races with the radiator in and full of water, only changing fuel and tyres, and adding a wheelie bar…