NZV8 No 199 December 2021

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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3 min

As a pimply faced 14-year-old dreaming of building a prostreet VK for my first car, I can recall gas prices nearing the one dollar mark and thinking, ‘Man, when I’m old enough to get my license gas is going to be over a dollar a litre — damn.’ And as soon as I hit 15, got my license and a car, I became a slave to the pump, working my $4.50 an hour afterschool supermarket gig to blow damn near my whole paycheck just on gas — and I loved every minute of it. Roll on a couple of decades and yesterday I drove into the local gassy, put on my mask, plugged in my card details, and let the pump fly only to then nearly choke on my lunch…

2 min
payne impresses

Young Kiwi motorsport export Matthew Payne has received a glowing review from Supercars veteran Todd Kelly following his test with Kelly Grove Racing. Payne spent two days testing at Winton with the team, first driving an old Altima and then stepping into a brand new Mustang. “To be honest, I’ve never seen anything like it,” stated team co-owner Kelly. “He hopped in the car and instantly kind of felt what the car needed and how the car had to be driven. He didn’t overstep the mark once for the entire day in the Nissan, like didn’t drop a wheel off the track, didn’t do a thing, and his lap times and his driving style, it was as if he had been in the car for five years. I have honestly…

1 min
caffeine and classics canned

After eight years of giving Auckland gearheads something to do on the last Sunday of every month, Protecta have called it a day on the massively popular Caffeine & Classics. The event was an almost instant success and even outgrew the Smales Farm location, spawning the formation of a sister event at Hampton Downs, and strict rules on the cars allowed to attend the Smales event. Despite the popularity, with ongoing Covid restrictions and lockdowns it was deemed too difficult, with the team stating: “We have made the difficult decision to bring the Caffeine & Classics event to a close completely with immediate effect. The decision hasn’t been an easy one. Ongoing lockdown situations have been a key factor in our decision, therefore we feel now is the right time…

1 min
msnz opens to ev

MotorSport New Zealand (MSNZ) has finally given the green light for EV-powered machines to compete here in New Zealand, following the release of their electric and hybrid EV guidelines. However, this doesn’t mean we’re going to see an EV appear on the likes of the CMC grid, as their use will still need to be written into supplementary regs for each class (or event), and then approved by MSNZ. The high-voltage system in an EV presents significant risk of electric shocks, and also electrical fires which produce toxic fumes. Working with industry experts and following FIA recommendations, the guidelines set in place aim to mitigate these risks. The 17-page document is detailed and sets out some significant things that must happen over and above what a safety crew would normally…

1 min
muscle garage returns

Everyone’s favourite TV show returns for its ninth season on air this November. Repco Muscle Garage will again be beamed into homes all over the country (and world) as part of Three’s CRC Motorsport, airing every Sunday afternoon beginning 14 November. The show’s format will stay the course covering the best cars, events, and workshops New Zealand has to offer. Episode one kicks off with Hayden Wilby’s NUTOUT Commodore, a workshop tour of Mike’s Engines in Whangarei, and a look at the 50th running of the iconic Palmerston North Swap Meet. Alongside Repco, both Meguair’s and Mount Shop continue their support of the show, and make it all possible. The season will run consecutively for 10 weeks, and all shows will also be available for streaming on YouTube for those…

1 min
making a splash

Having recently migrated his business Big Shed Customs from New Zealand to Texas, Mark Stead also took with him his COE shop truck, which many of you will be familiar with. The bright green COE took some 3000 hours to complete nearly a decade ago, and has earned its fair share of accolades here. This is something that looks set to continue in the US, as on its first show outing at the Hot Wheels Legend in Houston, Texas, it proved it can still wow the crowds. The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is a world-wide competition to find one car that will become a diecast Hot Wheels model. The 10-stop event, which included an online event in New Zealand earlier this year, finds one finalist at each round to head…