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NZV8 No 167 April 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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worth the wait

We often get asked how we find the cars that we feature in NZV8; thankfully, the main reason we are asked is that people are blown away by the quality and variety. The short answer to the question is that we have eyes and ears everywhere. While true, that makes it sound a whole lot easier than it is. So, while we’re always looking and talking to people in the hunt for feature cars, there are also cars out there, such as Karl Stanbra’s Monaro, that we’ve been following intently for a number of years. We featured Karl’s HQ ute way back in the early days of NZV8, when Karl was fresh-faced and child-free. When the ute had to be let go to fund houses and the like, Karl always swore…

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world news

MORE POWERFUL ECOBOOST Automakers go to a lot of effort to hide what they’re developing, but one thing that allows us a glimpse at their secrets comes via mandatory paperwork filed with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which processes VINs for coming models. Thanks to local automotive outlet Hagerty, we now know that the Ford Mustang may be getting a more powerful engine for the 2020 model year. On the VIN decoder document, there are two 2.3-litre (140ci) four-cylinder engines listed among the six total power plants, with the ‘Net brake horsepower’ column suggesting that one will produce 310hp and 350 lb·ft of torque on premium fuel, which is in line with the current EcoBoost option, whereas against the second is simply noted ‘to be determined’. Sources at Ford have…

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local gossip

BELLARAT GOES GLOBAL Prolific rat rod builder David Jeffery from BellaRat Customs may be well known around New Zealand for his builds — having taken out top honours at Beach Hop 12 with ‘BellaRat’, and again at Repco Beach Hop 16 with the ‘SemiRat’ tow truck — but he’s set to take his chassis-bending talents global, having recently been invited to take part in the RATical Rod Build Off Drive Off 2019 in the US. The event sees rat rod builders tasked with building from January until the end of October before being sent on a 2253km drive-off starting in Lincoln Nebraska and culminating in Las Vegas, Nevada. “We only have between January and October to build a RATical Rat Rod; ship it to Los Angeles, overland it to Lincoln, Nebraska; meet…

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what’s online at 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,, or, if you want a purely V8-scene experience, just head to our old website — — to be redirected straight to NZV8’s part of the site. CHUCKIN’ DIRT Kiwis have long had a love affair with mixing too much horsepower and dirt together into some of the best racing you’ll ever see. NZV8 contributor John Faulkner has been chasing the Super Saloon Burger King Pro Dirt Series around the country with his trusty camera in hand, racking up coverage of rounds one,…

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daily grind

ANNAL NAIR – MAZDA RX-8 This is an unusual car for our magazine, Annal. What have we got here? Yep, it’s something a bit different, alright. It’s a 2008 Mazda RX-8, which would have started out with a 13B rotary in it, but, thankfully, a previous owner had better ideas for it and went with the LS1 conversion. I’m sure most would agree this makes it a far better car. The swap was done by a place down in Christchurch, and it’s not an easy one, as you can see — it takes a fair bit of work to get everything in under a stock bonnet and still have everything work properly. When the swap was first done, it was a real sleeper, running the stock wheels etc., which would have caught…

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rare spares in the build

TOO GOOD TO RACE We’re suckers for a car built to a slightly uncommon theme, and Paul Berkahn’s build is just that and a whole lot more. The car is a 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint, which he’s deep into the build of to create a replica of the Sprints that competed in the Monte Carlo Rally. Paul’s created a build thread for this car on The Roaring Season website, and the build will blow your mind. There have certainly been no shortcuts taken here, with the whole car being built by the book, or, as the case may be, the 1964 homologation papers. An example of the detail is that plenty of rust work was required as part of the build, but, rather than just dive in, Paul made sure to measure…