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NZV8 No 181 June 2020

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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.
the last roar

General Motors announced the final nail in the Holden brand’s coffin not long before the world was gripped by COVID-19, and as you can imagine both have been the topic of many conversations since. I’ve been really interested to hear the various opinions on the Holden matter, in part because it seems like my own opinion is different to most. I like that, not because I’m a stirrer, but because it’s great to have different views on things as it creates robust discussion. The big talking point is the fact that Holden/GM will only be supplying new parts for 10 years … Everyone seems up in arms about that, but as far as I’m aware, most manufacturers only make/stock new parts for around that long anyway. Sure, there’s probably the odd…

1 min.
hsv bins sportscat and camaro 2ss

As Holden prepares to exit the Australian and New Zealand markets, HSV is busy realigning its offerings alongside partner GM, with the announcement that it will no longer build the Colorado SportsCat, nor will it convert the Camaro 2SS to right-hand drive. The news leaves HSV’s line-up consisting of the supercharged Camaro ZL1 and the Silverado 1500 and 2500. The C8 Corvette may join later, under the GMSV banner. While the death of the SportsCat isn’t all that surprising, considering that the Colorado it’s based on will soon be non-existent, the exit of the 2SS was unexpected. The company states it’s out mainly because of the cost of emissions development and validation, as well as exchange rate pressures leaving the model not viable. HSV boss Tim Jackson said that the 2SS might…

1 min.
leaked photos of new ford bronco

The world has been fascinated with the Ford Bronco since the first generation was produced back in the 1950s. While production of the second generation of the Bronco ended in 1996, Ford has been teasing an impending release of the third generation for the past year or so, and now we have insider images of the new model in production thanks to a well-timed leak — just weeks from the official reveal. The photos that have appeared across Internet message boards show the SUV undisguised in both two-door and four-door trim, with what appears to be a removable roof and rail system on the four-door option. The twodoor appears to have a roll bar structure that extends to the rear of the cargo area. While these photos are from a currentlyunknown…

2 min.
repco beach hop postponed until november

As you will all be well aware by the time you’re reading this, Repco Beach Hop 20 did not go ahead as planned 25–29 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the event has been postponed until 25–29 November 2020, where the 20th anniversary celebrations are hoped to go ahead as planned, as well as our annual Beach Hop Special. Organizers released the following statement via social media in regard to the postponement: “After careful consideration of the COVID-19 situation and discussions with the DHB and Ministry of Health, we have decided to postpone Repco Beach Hop 20 until 25–29 November 2020. We hope that the virus pandemic will be more controlled over the next [eight] months so we can celebrate our 20th year of this wonderful event. “More details for…

1 min.
covid-19 doesn’t stop car buying!

Despite the country’s drastic measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Mark Greenfield from Need A Car tells us the majority of its dealers are still able to operate through the different alert levels thanks to revised operation plans. Alert level three, of which we’re in at the time of writing, allows for a contactless sales process that is likely to be carried forward to some degree as we see out level two and one. The majority of the sales process can be carried out online, where buyers can browse vehicles virtually, through the likes of Need A Car, other vehicle listing sites, and dealer websites. Dealers can handle all forms of online enquiry during this time, including virtual vehicle walkarounds taking advantage of video calling. Most dealers are…

1 min.
new zealand land-speed record

At RNZAF Base Ohakea, Sergeant Dean Hart has broken both the flying mile and flying kilometre land speed records driving his turbine-propelled drag car — earning him the Castrol Trophy, which has been held by Owen Evans since 1996, for his efforts. To set the record, the car had to run in both directions within an hour to take account of any wind factor, the times then being averaged for a final figure. On the first run, Hart clocked 213.258mph over the flying mile and 324.646kph (201.731mph) for the flying kilometre, both falling just short of the previous records. The second run in the opposite direction was where the magic happened: he clocked in at 251.046mph and 402.280kph (249.972mph), respectively. The times were averaged out, to set the records at 232.152mph…