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NZV8 No 186 November 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
new kid on the block

Hello, let me introduce myself. Todd warned everyone about this last issue, but the day has come that has seen him step away as the editor of NZV8, a magazine he has worked on since its inception. This will come as a shock to many, but that day had to come eventually, and someone had to step into his shoes—so, here I am, new to many of you, familiar to some (I’m sure). I’ve actually been working on this magazine in the background for many years, alongside my main gig for the past nine years as an editor for sister title NZ Performance Car. So while you might want to box me in as some kind of rice burner or whatever—and I’ll be the first to admit that’s a big…

1 min
repco steps up

If you ask us, the Supercars series is about to get real interesting as new manufacturers jump on board, coinciding with the release of the Gen 3 chassis over the next few seasons. There is also a new major sponsor as Repco has now increased its commitment to the championship, signing a landmark five-year deal to have naming rights for 2021 onwards. “We have a rich history with the sport and, together with the Repco Bathurst 1000, this is our most exhilarating step yet,” stated Jonathon Maddren, executive general manager of Repco New Zealand. “We can’t wait to work even more closely with Supercars, and with the teams, the drivers, and support crews. The Supercars family have shown in recent times how well they have all pulled together for the…

1 min
battery-powered eights

Ford continues to make inroads into the electric vehicle (EV) market, although this time, in typical Ford style, it has chosen to demonstrate its skills in this growing market with motorsport. Ford has taken what is considered to be one of the crowns in its Mustang line-up—a 2020 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet—and electrified it with a 1500-plushorse-power-equivalent EV drivetrain. Dubbing it the ‘Cobra Jet 1400’—although it made more power than that—Ford teamed up for the project with MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV, and Cascadia, which supplied the inverter and motor. “This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. Despite it being a challenge, even in shakedown testing the car exceeded Ford’s goals, running…

1 min
beach hop 2021 dates confirmed

Although the 2020 running of Beach Hop is yet to happen, thanks to everyone’s favourite virus forcing it to be shifted from March to November—and even at the time of writing we’re nervous about whether it will be able to take place this year at all—the team behind the biggest event on the Coromandel calendar are already working towards the 2021 event. It was announced this month that Repco is once again on board as naming-rights sponsor. “The team at Repco are delighted to be looking forward once more to joining thousands of car lovers in Whangamata for Repco Beach Hop 21. It’s always a huge pleasure to be part of this event and be part of the Hop, the beats, and the fantastic cars. Definitely worth the wait; we look…

1 min
barn-find xu1 hidden in ford dealership

Hidden at the back of a Ford dealership is the last place you’d expect to find a Holden XU1 GTR Torana, but stranger things have happened, right?! When you see that it’s on chrome 12-slots then that begins to make sense. Traded into Aberlines Ford, New South Wales, Australia, in 1985 with only 86,000 miles for $900, the numbers-matching machine has sat ever since. That was until the dealership shut up shop, sending the Torana and other oddball cars like a Ford BA Falcon Devil R to a no-reserve auction. Bidding is currently under way and had topped $50K for the Torana at the time of printing. With mint-condition ones selling for upwards of six figures, there will be a steep rise in that number before bidding closes on 3 October—so…

1 min
the dust up is back

Following a six-year hiatus, the dust will once again fly at Waihi dirt track on 3 January—Noddy Watts and the crew have decided it is time to bring back the Classic Cover Jalopy Dust Up. “We stopped for two reasons: one–interest waned; two–others started popping up doing a similar thing,” Noddy told NZV8. The hiatus has done wonders for interest, as entries have all but sold out only weeks after opening, but you might be lucky if you wish to race your traditional hot rod, Pre ’65, vintage stock car, midget, modified, or sprint car. Noddy explained that the team at the Waihi track have done a whole raft of upgrades since the last dust up. “The track is wider and smoother, the access road is now sealed three-quarters of the way, there…