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NZV8 No 187 December 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

2 min
big changes ahead

I can remember the first certified car I purchased at the age of 16. It had an old paper cert folded up in the glove box — well, at least it did when I looked at it. Once it got home and I popped the glove box, it had somehow disappeared, probably back into the hands of the past owner, who was never to be seen again. I was a punk kid and he took advantage of that. But thinking back on it, the damn cert might not have even been for that particular car anyway. At that time, the LVVTA had already introduced the replacement cert tag system; these plates weren’t going to disappear into someone’s back pocket, and we now had something to back us up when arguing…

1 min
mclaughlin goes back to back-to-back

CHECK THEMOTORHOOD.COM FOR REGULAR NEWS UPDATES Kiwi Scott McLaughlin and the Shell V-Power Racing Team sealed both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ Supercars championships with one round to go in the very strange and Covid-affected 2020 championship. This is Scott’s third championship on the trot, and he did it in style with 13 wins and 21 podiums in only 26 starts, securing it with the final round of Bathurst still to run at the time of printing. Heading into the penultimate round — the OTR Bend — Scott had the lead over Jamie Whincup who had been chasing him all season. Scott would prove the class act at the Bend, winning three races during the dual championship round, meaning that he would then only have to finish ahead of Whincup in the…

1 min
holden pays tribute

In 1951, the first ever Holden ute rolled off the production line, starting a lineage that ingrained itself into our culture. From the FJ Holden ute to the final VFII, the ute evolved over 70 years yet remained true to its origins. To celebrate and to highlight Holden’s ongoing commitment to its 1.6 million vehicle owners, Holden is creating the TribUTE. TribUTE is a reimagined and redefined VE Series 2 SSV Redline Ute, powered by a Chevrolet Performance 525hp 6.2-litre LS3, and backed by a T-56 Super Magnum six-speed manual. On the underside, it has GM Level 3 track-capable-spec FE3 suspension and upgraded front and rear crossdrilled Brembo brakes behind staggered 20-inch wheels. A Holden-certified service outlet and GM-certified collision repairer are building the ute, featuring Holden Genuine and ACDelco parts, to…

2 min
say goodbye to cert plates

After 28 years in service, the days are numbered for the engraved LVVTA cert plates as the system shifts to introduce digital electronic data plates in a staggered roll out. Electronic Data Plates utilize contactless radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in much the same way that a Paywave credit card or a building-access fob works. Anyone with an RFID reader — such as that contained within many newer smartphones — can then scan the tag and it will connect them to a LVVTA website page that holds all the information about the LVVTA certification of the vehicle in question, including the photos taken at cert time. In the past, if this information was required, a request would be sent to the Wellington office and then the hard copies would be…

1 min
manuell claims title

Paul Manuell has claimed his second Ryco 24•7 V8 Utes championship in dramatic fashion at the delayed final round of the 2019–’20 season at Hampton Downs. Manuell suffered mechanical issues that saw him miss the first race completely. He then had to start from the pit lane in the second due to continuing issues, and then, from last on the grid in the third, he put in two stunning recovery drives to claim the title by only six points over Glen Collinson. “It was close today, really close, but the team pulled out all the stops to get me out there and, thankfully, we got home to the title,” he explained. “We’ve all waited a long time for this final round and I’d hoped it would be a bit easier,…

1 min
muscle garage is back

In case you missed it, our very own Muscle Garage has returned to the air on Three’s CRC Motorsport every Sunday afternoon. This, the seventh season, welcomes a new title sponsor, with Repco New Zealand having partnered for the next three seasons. With shed raids, car features, and event coverage, the show brings New Zealand’s best in V8-related goodness to the small screen, right when you’re kicking back on the couch on a Sunday afternoon. Repco Muscle Garage simply could not happen without the support of Repco New Zealand, Meguiar’s, Rislone, and Mount Shop Ltd.…