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NZV8 No 128 Jan 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.

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passion beyond reason

Working on NZV8 magazine, we get to meet all types of people, including some of the most passionate people you’d ever come across — people like Top Doorslammer driver Mark Bardsley, who lives and breathes drag racing. Those who know ‘Bars’ will agree that you’d be hard-pressed to find a more passionate guy. Like anyone who’s on the extreme end of the passion scale, he sometimes finds that his passion is a bit too much for people around him, and sometimes that it infects others. Over the years, Mark has stepped up through the ranks — from owning tough street cars through to owning one of the best-presented top doorslammers anywhere on the planet. The difference with Bars is that he’s essentially sacrificed everything for his love of racing. He’s…

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think harder

DEPUTY EDITOR’S 15 MINUTES OF FAMEIt’s a little tricky deciding what to write about in my first editorial, but I think I’ve got something here. I feel extremely lucky to have somehow landed a position here, and we get to deal with some awesome cars — and the people behind them — almost daily.It’s pretty special being able to see the incredible planning, effort, and craftsmanship that are often expended on the cars we feature or are exposed to. As someone who’s deeply entrenched in the hard ’n’ fast West Auckland mentality of “Yeah, that’ll be good enough”, this has been a bit of an eye-opener for me. I’m working on a 1979 Holden HZ sedan, doing a relatively simple conversion to a fuel-injected Holden 304 V8, with BorgWarner five-speed…

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world news

CHECK THEMOTORHOOD.COM FOR REGULAR NEWS UPDATESC7.R UNVEILEDThe SEMA Show is full of concept cars that generally never see production — but that’s not always the case. Chevrolet had one such example on display this year: the Corvette Z06 C7.R. The limited-edition Vettes pay tribute to the racing model with a series of special touches and upgrades.The cars are based on the Z06 in 3LZ trim and the Z07 Performance Package, and include Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. But that’s just the beginning, as the package also comprises special graphics, custom brake calipers, yellow-striped black wheels, a carbon ground-effects package, carbon hood section, a black leather interior, and more.Those lucky enough to order one of the cars have the choice of yellow or black paint and…

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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 address — — to be redirected straight to NZV8’s part of the new site.FEATURES REVISITEDSince the last issue of NZV8 looked at two feature cars that have been thoroughly overhauled in their lifetime, we decided to upload their past feature articles to so you can better see how they’ve changed. Jason Fell’s Camaro is just as slick as before but a whole lot tougher thanks to…

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have your say write to us

TORQUEBACK, NZV8 MAGAZINE, PO BOX 46,020, HERNE BAY, AUCKLAND 1147; EMAIL TORQUEBACK@V8.CO.NZGOOD DEED DONEHi Todd and NZV8 team,Earlier this year, a few of the best petrol people I have come to know helped out a wonderful, lively bunch of teen boys from the Tama Toa 2015 Waitakere Blue Light / Police camp.I wanted to share the fun had on the day and acknowledge the amazing drivers and cars who made magic happen with some special kids.The awesome Waitakere Blue Light / Police team selects a handful of young, vibrant teens to give them an opportunity to participate in a life-changing camp that focuses on life skills, communication, problem-solving, and confidence building.I and my own dogs play a very small role with the teens in providing an animal-empathy programme called ‘Empawthy’,…

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local gossip

EMAIL YOUR NEWS TO: EDITOR@V8.CO.NZ(PHOTO: RICHARD OPIE)BIG RIGS AT TAUPOThe NZ Truck Show & Racing Festival at Taupo Motorsport Park will make a welcome return in 2016, following the success of last year’s event. To be held over Anzac weekend, April 22–24, 2016, the festival will see a range of both on-track and off-track action for the whole family.Besides the always-impressive truck racing, for which around a dozen entrants are expected, a highlight of the weekend will be the new Anzac Muscle Car Invitation Cup. This will see a strong contingent of Mainland Muscle Cars head to Taupo from the South Island, including former New Zealand Pre ’65 champion Paul Clarke (Mustang), former New Zealand HQ champion Andrew Small — also pedalling a Mustang — and New Zealand Motorcycle Grand…