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NZV8 No 165 February 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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witchcraft and wizardry

Cast your mind back 14 years — yep, fewer wrinkles, a few less aches and pains, but look at the cars. Back then, we were flat out doing the groundwork for what would become the first issue of NZV8. Just as you don’t notice those extra lines on your face — as they slowly creep up on you day by day — until you see photos of your younger self, the global car scene has also changed. While the magazine has evolved — for the better, I hope — the cars that it’s based on have, too. Back when it all began, patina wasn’t a thing, and it was certainly not acceptable for a magazine feature car to have paint falling off it. Nowadays, though, patina is not only an accepted…

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new old race cars

Fancy a Camaro drag or race car but not the drama of finding a decent bodyshell? Now there’s another option. Real Deal Steel, a company predominantly known for its Tri-5 Chev replacement bodies, has unveiled just the thing at the SEMA Show — race-specific Camaro bodies. The cars are produced expressly with no floor, no inner or outer wheel wells, and no firewall, making them perfect for drag or circuit builds in classes that require steel panels. They offer more complete shells too, should you be that way inclined, going as far as offering them with doors and a boot lid. Better still, you have a choice of firewalls, stock, and mini-tub options. A race car shell will set you back just shy of US$10K.…

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mustang supercar tested

Ford’s 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship challenger has completed its first test at Queensland Raceway. The car, which met with mixed feedback to say the least, was built with support from Ford Performance, Ford Australia, and the Ford Asia Pacific Design Studio. It ran faultlessly throughout the test session. Freshly crowned Supercars champion New Zealander Scott McLaughlin and teammate and fellow New Zealander Fabian Coulthard were given the chance to drive the vehicle as part of a battery of tests to prepare it for Supercars’ stringent homologation programme. The new-for-2019 Mustang will be the first coupe to enter Supercars under the current regulations and the first two-door involved in this level of Australian Touring Car Championship racing for more than two decades. Homologation testing will begin around the time this issue goes…

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gm shutting plants

General Motors has announced it will lay off up to 15 per cent of its workforce and will close five plants across the US and Canada. Around 8000 salaried staff including 25 per cent of executives and 6000 hourly workers will lose their jobs or be transferred, according to CNN. The lay-offs and buyouts will bump up the cost of closing plants in Ontario, Ohio, Michigan, and Maryland around US$2 billion dollars. GM states that the restructuring, which will be completed by 2020, could save the company about US$6 billion in that time. Sadly, part of the reason for the restructure is the lack of interest in big sedans, which have lost out to SUVs and hatchbacks. The change is also a step toward producing electric and autonomous vehicles.…

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mysterion sold

While the real Mysterion hot rod built in 1963 was destroyed, the example built by Jeffrey Jones is known to be the most authentic replica of this car ever built. The only difference between the genuine Ed Roth creation and his is that Jeffrey’s version actually runs. The car was recently auctioned as one of a collection of cars cleared out by the Petersen Automotive Museum and exceeded its estimated sale price by fetching US$246K. The replica was the subject of a book that showcased the construction and work involved in fitting the twin 390ci engines, twin transmissions, and two welded-together diffs. At present, as we go to print, the buyer remains unknown. We can only hope it’s gone to another museum where it can still be seen by visitors…

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euro assault

Hey Todd, I pored through NZV8 recently and it struck me that you guys only think of V8s as American or Australian. I look out my window and see a huge array of V8s that could make a good sideline piece. In the driveway and garage are: a Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit 6.8-litre V8. Rolls never said what horsepower they produced but, if fuel-consumption relates, it’s a lot! A 2012 Jaguar XJ five-litre 420hp, a 2007 Mercedes ML550 5.5-litre V8 with 380hp, XK8 Jag four-litre V8 (same as Aston V8 Vantage), [and a] Mercedes CLK 430 4.3-litre quadcam alloy V8 — a sweet motor. My other cars are much more your normal V8s: Sandman, GT Falcon, ’57 Cusso, and Chrysler Imperial. Just a thought for your readers. Cheers, Dave You’re a sick man! That sounds…