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NZV8 No 185 October 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

1 min
rest in peace

One of CMC’s good guys, Sean Fowler, sadly passed away just before this issue of NZV8 went to print. Sean was a regular fixture in CMC events for the last few years and was always there with a smile on his face, and win or lose, he was often the most excited guy to cross the finish line. Sean first joined the CMC family as a sponsor before progressing to a driver, having Heads Racing Supplies build him a Torana sedan. As fantastic as that car was, deep down he always wanted a Torana hatch, and proceeded to have what many would describe as the ultimate Torana race car built – again using the expertise of Heads Racing Supplies. The hatch build was no expense spared, as Sean claimed it…

2 min
serious streeter progress

A couple of years ago now, we showed you an extremely serious first-gen Camaro getting built by Tony Witinitara at Premier Workshop in Masterton. Tony and his team (Brad, Andrew, and Jason) haven’t been sitting idle in the time that’s passed, as the Camaro — belonging to all-round nice guy and horsepower-crazed madman Stu Goldsworthy — is shaping up well, despite the team being inundated with work for other customers. The Camaro’s 540ci Steve Morris–built big block is in the hole, mounted to the billet aluminium engine plate, and all the fabrication work to mount the two Precision Bullseye turbos has been completed. There’s a ton of work that has gone into packaging all the components, which should see the car produce somewhere in excess of 2000hp, while keeping it all…

1 min
repco signs on to bathurst

Following a long hiatus from the mountain and motorsport in general, Repco made the return to Bathurst in 2018, partnering with Team DJR as a parts supplier, before stepping up to become the official automotive retailer for Virgin Australia Supercars in 2019. In an announcement made earlier this month, Repco is again stepping up its commitment to the sport, penning a five-year deal to become the Bathurst 1000 naming-rights sponsor, and the new king of the mountain. Wayne Bryant, executive general manager of Repco Australia, commented, “It’s two iconic brands in one amazing partnership. Repco has a long history in motorsport, so aligning with Australia’s most famous race was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.” Repco’s motorsport heritage goes as far back as the 1960s, with two Formula 1 world…

8 min
’55 heaven

To say that John Burndred likes 1955 Chevs is a bit like saying the Pope is a bit religious. The simple statement does not reflect the lifetime of commitment each has for his chosen passion. John’s obsession started in his teens with him finally acquiring his first ’55 at the age of 18; more than 40 years later, it is the same blue and white ’55 on the hoist in the Burndreds’ workshop. That ’55 was John’s dream car and was used when he married the love of his life, Teresa. It broke their hearts when they had to sell it to buy their first home, and they were heartbroken a second time when the new owner crashed it in the Karangahake Gorge shortly afterwards. A couple of years later,…

5 min
how did i get here part 3

Drag racing is a funny sport — you put so much time, effort, money, and passion into something that has a never-ending, neverachievable goal. Then, when you think you have achieved your goal, it just starts another one; to go faster or win more races, etc. etc. There is never a perfect pass; you are always looking for that little bit here and there! I’ve been telling the story of the cars I have raced over the years and I believe this statement is very true. Growing up, all I wanted to do was run sixes at 200mph. Once we had achieved that, the goalpost suddenly moved to mid sixes. Then it was, “Let’s try to run low sixes”. In my last column, I had got up to the part…

1 min
teamwork ls vk

Joe Youssef and Jamie Corrigan are no strangers to building cars, with an impressive list of builds between them. Their latest build is set to continue that trend. They purchased it as a track-ready runner with the LS1 already fitted — sadly, the previous owner passed away before he was able to see the project through to completion. His dad took over to complete it and ran the car at his home track of Pukekohe a few times before deciding to pass it on, we’re told on his wife’s advice. Since purchasing the car Joe and Jamie have not stopped. The shell is currently at Frost Auto Body having the HDT Group A kit fitted along with Ryan Frost carrying out a ton of custom work in the engine bay and…