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NZV8 No 129 Feb 2016

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.

New Zealand
Parkside Media
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rules of the game

I guess that, like anyone in a work environment they’ve been in for a while, I’ve developed certain theories that guide me in how I do my job. These theories — or guidelines, if you prefer — have been passed on, not only to our freelance contributors but also essentially to anyone involved in helping out with creating content for the magazine. Most of the guidelines relate to what we choose to include, or not include, in the magazine or on our website, but, as with all such rules, there are exceptions, or times we turn a blind eye to them. For most of the time, though, these guidelines provide a framework within which we work. One of the big guidelines is that we generally prefer to feature cars that have been…

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’ear me out …

It’s kinda weird being from — I suspect — a younger demographic than the majority of NZV8 readers. Why’s that? Well, presuming you’re of a slightly older generation, if you wanted to go fast back in the day, you’d most likely be whacking a big V8 into your engine bay, whether it was designed for it or not. In the era of grey imports, however, a lot of Japanese cars offered decent levels of performance straight out of the box, great reliability, and a price tag that just couldn’t be beaten. Yep, many of my mates’ cars are of the Japaneseperformance-vehicle variety, with Nissan’s RB series and Toyota’s JZ series of turbocharged straight-sixes holding favour. Even as a staunch V8 supporter, I’d never consider complaining about it — if I talk…

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HENNESSEY’S NEW SLEDGEHAMMER For most of us, a 640hp Cadillac CTS-V sedan off the showroom floor would be more than enough, but Hennessey Performance thinks differently. The Texas-based business has a tradition of taking already fast cars and blasting their power outputs to all-new levels of stupidity, and now, they’ve unveiled their plan for the next-generation CTS-V. Being blessed with the Corvette Z06’s supercharged 6.2-litre V8, the Cadillacs are already among the world’s most powerful production sedans and a great starting point for further modification. The ‘HPE 1000’, as Hennessey is calling it, will come with — you guessed it — 1000hp, thanks to a forged bottom end and larger supercharger. In theory, the cars will be capable of 240mph, and, to judge by Hennessey’s history, that claim will be backed up…

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what’s online at hemotorhood.com

THIS MONTH? The Motorhood is the online home of NZV8 and its sister publications NZ Performance Car and New Zealand Classic Car. It’s the hub for all things automotive, from news and reviews to event coverage and more. You can enjoy articles from the magazines on The Motorhood’s home page, themotorhood.com, or, if you want a purely V8-scene experience, just head to our old website address —v8.co.nz — to be redirected straight to NZV8’s part of the new site. WEEKLY MOTOR FIX One of our favourite recent Weekly Motor Fix articles is on the wicked blown Hemi– powered front-engined dragster (FED) piloted by Alexandra’s Bryan ‘Stormin’ Norman. Bryan is a regular face at Meremere — coming all the way from Alexandra; that’s dedication — and we caught up with him at Masterton Motorplex…

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NO POSTER — WHAT GIVES Dear Todd, What gives? I always look forward to the arrival of NZV8 in my letter box each month. From around 10.30 on a Saturday morning, I make regular half-hourly treks outside to check if it has arrived — as the postie always folds it in half to stuff it in the slot, the least amount of time it spends in this state the better! With my prized magazine open in front of me on the dining table and a freshly brewed coffee close at hand, I begin my dissection of the month’s instalment. For the next couple of hours or so, my wife becomes another ‘NZV8 widow’ After first quickly flicking through each page to have a look at the pictures, as I always tend to do,…

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just quickly

ZZ HOP PROGRESS The Beach Hop team has been making great progress on the 2016 Repco Beach Hop giveaway car. The ’33 coupe, dubbed ‘ZZ Hop’, is being built as a replica of the similarly shaped car owned by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame. As always, the car will be given away at the festival, which takes place in Whangamata over March 30– April 2. The Beach Hop crew would like to convey its deepest gratitude to the following companies, which have all been instrumental in the car’s build: Repco, Ford New Zealand, Kiwi Konnection, California Roadster Company, Pete Osborne Productions, Custom AutoGlass, EDL Fasteners, Coby Performance Exhausts, and Kruzin Kustoms. The plan is to get the car finished as soon as possible so that it can be displayed at various events…