NZV8 No 200 January 2022

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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in this issue

3 min
just shocking

If you’ve read my eds from the past year you will know that I’m open to these new-fangled EV power-train swaps. I can see their appeal on some levels, and would even slot one into an engine bay of some old Chev tin and daily drive it — and I’m not afraid to admit it. If you’ve ever ridden in a Tesla, you’ll understand why I could deal with one — in the right build. This year at SEMA the EV industry was everywhere; this is the new thing on the block and EV conversion start-ups seem to be the new dot com boom. Don’t believe me? Ford released its crate power plants at the show and they sold out almost instantly, so I’m clearly not alone in my interest in…

1 min
quinn purchases taupo

Finally, some seven years after his first offer was rejected by shareholders to purchase the then insolvent Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo, Tony Quinn has secured a deal to obtain all park assets and land for $9.8M — close to three times his original offer. It’s been a busy year for Quinn, who is currently unable to visit New Zealand, first making a second offer to purchase Taupo in July, which was voted down, before the third offer reached the necessary 85 per cent vote. ‘‘Third time lucky,’’ he said. The Taupo deal follows the recent purchase of Queensland Raceways, another track he has been eyeing up since 2014. What the change of ownership will mean for the Taupo facility is yet to be announced, but even from right back…

1 min
muscle garage is back

The only show worth watching on TV (yes we’re very biased) has made a return for season nine, taking up residence on CRC Motorsport once again. Like always we’ll be beaming an in-depth look at the finest hot rod, street machines, and muscle cars on our shores, while also getting to know those talented Kiwis and characters behind the scenes. The show will run for 10 consecutive weeks, and by the time you’re reading this, it will have already started airing. But don’t stress as the show is also hosted on our YouTube channel so you can watch it any time, anywhere. We’d also like to thank all our very supportive sponsors of the show — Repco, Meguiar’s, Rislone, and Mount Shop. We could not do it without them.…

2 min
are you ready?

One of the only events left standing this summer (at the time of print) the iconic Repco Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival at Kumeu is forging ahead with their plans to yet again host a massive summer festival at the Kumeu Showgrounds. The 27th running will be held on 14–16 January 2022, and it will be as big as ever, with an expected 3500 cars and 100 bikes bringing around 25,000 people to the show, which now occupies the entire 16-hectare showgrounds site to capacity. More than 350 swap sites, 120 trade stands, and more than 25 food and drink vendors will fill the paddocks surrounding the main drawcard — the invitation-only show hall, where new cars will be unveiled and some old favourites showcased. However, anyone who’s attended…

1 min
series 2 on its way

The next generation RTR enhanced Mustang is headed our way, with delivery to customers in early 2022. Much like the Series 1, the S2 takes the Mustang GT and transforms it to not only look more aggressive thanks to no less than 17 body modifications, but it is also track tested to perform better, with 25mm RTR lowering springs with a revised custom spring rate tested by both RTR’s creator Vaughn Gittin Jr, and Ford Performance. Power-wise the S2 runs 339kW of power at 7000rpm, and torque of 556Nm at 4600rpm, just as the GT does. “We are excited to bring another limited run of Mustang RTR vehicles to the market,” said Rachel White, Ford New Zealand’s marketing manager, SUV and passenger vehicles. Offered in only a select few colours,…

1 min
larson wins nascar title

Kyle Larson has gone from being dropped by his Nascar team and sponsors in 2022 for a slip of the tongue to absolutely dominating the 2021 season, picking up 10 wins to secure his first Nascar championship. Driving almost like he had a point to prove, he drove home Phoenix Raceway to secure the monster five-foot-tall Nascar Cup Series. As many will know, Kyle is a busy man and while Nascar is the main priority, if he isn’t racing his stock car on a weekend, he will be strapped into something that pounds the dirt ovals. This has led to what many are describing as the most dominant season in American motorsport history, and we’d agree. His wins this year include Midget racing’s prestigious Chili Bowl, a BC39, Sprint cars…