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NZV8 No 164 January 2019

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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the future is near here!

There’s no doubt that the electric vehicle (EV) revolution is well and truly upon us, and I’m sure that I’m not alone in thinking that the next decade or so of automotive design is going to be an interesting one to watch. I’m neither here nor there on the fact that electricity will power many of our vehicles going forward. Just as the internet hasn’t killed print despite all predictions but instead has made print work harder, I don’t think EVs will kill our beloved fossil-fuel–burning engines — not in our lifetimes, at least. Some say that the best way to predict the future is to create it. For us, that means keeping on building the cars that we love building and paying whatever the price at the pump is…

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world news

REDEYE EXPRESS Just to prove that they’re crazier than other OEMs, Chrysler has launched yet another high-power Challenger: the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, along with a slightly less potent sibling, the 2019 Challenger Scat Pack Widebody. Essentially, the Redeye is a Dodge Demon that can turn corners and run over 200mph, while treating its occupants to the luxury of heated leather seats and a decent sound system. Of course, that stereo should be off with the whine of a 797hp supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi sitting up front. The Scat Pack Widebody looks the part with the flares and last year’s Hellcat hood and front grille, along with the same 20×11 wheels and 305/35ZR20 tyres, but packs a standard 392 Hemi under the hood. Still, that gives it 485hp and 475lb·ft of…

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letters have your say — write to us

I OWNED IT TOO Hi Todd, The featured Monaro of Pete’s in your October issue [No. 161] looks great. I used to own it for approx. 21 years down here in Invercargill. It was originally a red HT with a 186 and a four-speed manual. I then fitted a Chev 350 with TH350 trans and a nine-inch diff. The Monaro was then painted Orchid Metallic with black stripes. Then Brian Chisholm built another tunnel-rammed 350 with forged internals, solid cam, and Dart 2 iron heads that went into the Monaro. This combo was good enough for low 12-second quarters at 113mph here at Teretonga. The car was raced for a number of years at various local events. I then sold the Monaro to Tony Latta in Te Anau who on-sold it to…

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local gossip

ARE YOU A THRILL SEEKER? Chances are that, by now, you’re well aware of the Route 66 tour hosted by Beach Hop frontman Noddy Watts — after all, we ran a series of tour diaries a couple of years ago. If not, the concept is simple: book the trip, which includes accommodation, vehicle hire and insurance, a fully-programmed GPS unit and US mobile phone, and simply arrive and enjoy the fully escorted self-driving tours. To date, many of those who’ve attended haven’t stopped at just one but have headed back stateside to undertake one of the different tours on offer. Noddy and Andrea have taken 21 tours and are heading into their 10th year, making them the most experienced Kiwi-based US tour guides, with over 700 people onboard. And now, there’s a…

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the legends are coming

Dick Johnson, John Bowe, Jim Richards, Steve Richards, Paul Radisich, and the Stone Brothers are set to headline the Legends of Bathurst at Hampton Downs on 12–13 January, behind the wheels of some seriously iconic machinery, with all but Johnson lining up to race in their respective categories as well as in the planned V8 Legends Exhibition session, and a special exhibition area at the event will also showcase the Stone Brothers achievements at Bathurst. The festival will celebrate Johnson and Bowe’s wins in the Bathurst 1000 in 1989 in a Sierra Cosworth and in 1994 in a Ford EB Falcon. A recently restored Sierra Cosworth in the 1989 livery will race in the Historic Touring Cars category. Bowe is hoping to be reunited with the #44 Volvo 240 GT car…

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online this month

TYRE-FRYING FUN Masterton Motorplex’s Smokefest brought out all the big-hitters from the lower North Island for a tyre-destroying battle on Labour weekend. The weather was great, and spectator turnout couldn’t have been better. Around 40 or so cars entered, with some coming from as far away as Auckland, and some lined up at the gate before opening on the day. With three rounds, though, there was plenty of time available on the pad. Check out a full gallery and results by searching ‘Smokefest’ on SLICKER THAN SLICK While John Medcalf has told his tale of a well-spent youth in this issue, it’s far from the first story of the ‘good old days’ that we’ve told. A few years back now, we managed to capture Tom Slick, one of the lower North Island’s…