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NZV8 No 182 July 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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New Zealand
Parkside Media
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
mad world

Hopefully, the title of this editorial has you singing the Mad World lyrics to yourself, as they’re quite apt given the current situation: “All around me are familiar faces / Worn out places, worn out faces / Bright and early for their daily races / Going nowhere, going nowhere”. By now, I’m sure some of you are sick of hearing the words ‘Covid-19’—and fair enough, too. Who would have thought that the world as we knew it would change so rapidly over the past few months? For us in magazine land, it meant we couldn’t print one issue, so, instead of 12 issues this year, there will be just 11. If you’re a subscriber, don’t worry, you’ll still receive the exact number of magazines you paid for, it’ll just take an…

1 min.
eight-second electric mustang

It’s called the ‘Mustang Cobra Jet 1400’—that’s 1400hp, by the way. What sets this Cobra Jet—Ford’s track-only drag racing version of the Mustang—apart from its predecessors is that you will find no monstrous V8 rumble emitted as it stages. An electric whine replaces the traditional note, powered by a fully electric heart that generates that 1400hp and sees the one-off prototype belt out a low eight-second quartermile with trap speeds of more than 170mph. The car’s been built in conjunction with Cascadia Motion, which was charged with incorporating the electric motor and inverter. It’s controlled by an AEM electric vehicle (EV) software control system, while the roll cage and chassis development came from Watson Engineering, veteran of previous Cobra Jet programmes and the Boss Mustang 302S race car. Ford is…

1 min.
true fire creator dies aged 60

Mike Lavallee made a name for himself as the pioneer of a flame-painting technique that dramatically changed the way flames were applied to cars. True Fire was Lavallee’s signature and it not only made his Killer Paint workshop an industry name across the globe but saw him spend years travelling the world to teach others how it’s done. We featured his trip to our shores back in Issue No. 121. Lavallee landed himself a role on Chip Foose’s Overhaulin’ after a chance encounter at the Seattle Roadster Show saw Mike offer to fix a scratched paint job on a displayed vehicle, which turned out to be none other than Foose’s. That appearance led to his being on Monster Garage, West Coast Choppers, Rides, Miami Ink, Rock the Boat, Hot Rod TV,…

1 min.
another blow for hsv

As HSV, the once-soaring performance arm of now-defunct automaker Holden, scrambles to find its feet after the aforementioned closure, it has been hit by another culling of its revised offerings. Switching lanes to offer the wider GM range, HSV was forced to stop offering the Camaro 2SS model last December following orders from further up the chain; now, it’s the local right-hand-drive conversion of the high-performance Camaro ZL1 that’s on the chopping block. With no plans for the 2021 model year and beyond and question marks surrounding the long-term future of the model in the US market, it looks as though it may never return. High exchange rates and softening demand are HSV’s official reasoning, wrapping up work in the ‘sports car’ sector and focusing on its Silverado utility offering. Discussions continue…

1 min.
legend larry rathgeb passes away

With a hoard of keen engineers, a hired wheelman, and one of the wildest cars of the era, Larry Rathgeb went to Talladega and did what nobody else in the world had been able do: he cracked the 200mph mark. Fifty years later, we’ve been given news that Rathgeb will be unable to celebrate that anniversary, having succumbed to Covid-19 at the age of 90. Rathgeb started his engineering career at Chrysler, rising to the rank of lead engineer for racing development in the US by the mid ’60s. He worked closely with the teams running Chrysler products in stock car racing. Rathgeb had a role in developing the Dodge Charger Daytona, but it was an impounded stolen-recovered example that enabled him to reach his crowning achievement. A Hemi-powered Charger press car…

3 min.
mark heavey 1968 chev camaro

Hi, Mark—grouse-looking Camaro; what year is it? It’s a 1968 model, which was imported to New Zealand around 10 years ago. One of the things that jumps out, besides the bright-red paintwork, is the wheels. What are they exactly? They were actually on the car when I first got it, and, with the lowered stance, the whole thing really works well. They’re Ridler R695 Series, the rears are 20 inch and the front are 18 inch. Is this your first V8? It’s my first American car, but I have had a couple of Commodore V8s, including my current daily-driver, a 2017 SS Redline wagon. Have you always been a General Motors guy? Growing up, my dad always had Commodores that came with his job, and I have always liked the first-generation Camaros. I researched for a while…