Cars & Motorcycles

NZV8 No 177 February 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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in this issue

3 min.
setting goals

Building a car is hard work. It’s a journey fraught with hiccups, hurdles, and speedbumps. It always costs more than you think, takes longer than you imagine, and generally pushes people to their limit. So, why do we do it? We love it, of course! There’s something deep down in the human psyche that loves to complete, achieve, or improve things. Thankfully, the journey to building your dream car is littered with small wins — the victories of getting a component completed, new parts arriving, or scoring good deals — and this is in part what drives us to continue with them. At least, I think it is … that and getting sick of people asking when your project will be completed, of course — we’ve all been there. I’ve had…

1 min.
return of mustang mach 1?

With the recent launch of the Mustang Mach-E — originally tabled as the ‘Mach 1’ — the rumour mill has gone into full swing about the reported comeback of the Mach 1 nameplate after enthusiasts were not one bit pleased with the potential use of the Mach 1 moniker on an electric vehicle (EV). With the realization that so many people feel a fondness for the name, Ford is now reportedly bringing back the Mach 1, according to Torque News, which is claiming that “a source confirmed that this is not a rumour, but a fact that the Mustang Mach 1 will replace the Bullitt as the performance vehicle in the Mustang line-up”. A video with a handful of details also appeared online but was later taken down. The video…

1 min.
guinness scraps world record

Is there anything better than a big ol’ smoky burnout? Few would argue against it, and down here in Oceania the bigger the burnout the better your reputation. There’s probably few who do it better than what can be seen across the ditch at the annual Summernats festival. Built around blowing tyres and demoing the ozone layer, the burnouts are legendary and even record breaking — but therein lies the issue. Summernats currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous car-tyre burnout, with 126 cars — a mammoth effort and one that generated a shit ton of smoke. It’s that smoke that Guinness World Records is citing as the reason the organization will no longer “monitor the record” as it “encourages the emission of damaging gases in a…

1 min.
amc amx/3 chassis no. 1 to be finished

Back in 1969, BMW engineers took delivery of an aggressively styled mid-engine coupe, code named ‘E18’, for development and testing. The car wasn’t a BMW, it evidently wasn’t built in Germany, and it was destined for the American market. That car was the very first of the AMC AMX/3 chassis No. 1s, and it would sit at the German facility for decades before eventually making its way to the US. It is only now, some 50 years later, that it will finally receive the completion it deserves. BMW’s testing programme ended in January 1970. BMW’s engineers reportedly found the frame weak and flexible and made some alterations, but apparently focused more of their attention on chassis No. 2. AMC cancelled the AMX/3 programme after importing at least two of the…

1 min.
holden commodore is no more

In 12 months’ time, the Commodore will be pulled from Australian showrooms after a 42-year production run and back-to-back titles as the country’s most-loved car. It’s a dramatic fall from grace for one of the longest-running nameplates in the country and the nation’s top-selling car for a record 15 years in a row, from 1996 to the end of 2011. The news comes just three years after the Australian automaker switched to an imported model — Opel derived — following the end of local manufacturing in 2017. It marked the first time in the model’s history that consumers couldn’t get their hands on a V8, with the replacement vehicle in the lane of a Toyota Camry rather than a performance hero. Holden states that the company made an executive decision to favour…

1 min.
supercars driver richie stanaway retires from racing

After his recent exit from Garry Rogers Motorsport within the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship series, 28-year-old Kiwi racer Richie Stanaway has announced he’ll retire from the sport. Stanaway made the unexpected announcement via social media, also stating in interviews that politics and a lack of opportunity were factors in his decision. “After 23 years of strapping the helmet on, I feel like it’s time to finally call it a day,” wrote Stanaway. “I never would have predicted my racing career to be so short and it’s not a decision that I’ve taken lightly but it is what it is. I got further than I could have ever imagined I would and I can’t thank everyone enough that has been a part of the journey. Time to start a new chapter.” Stanaway’s first…