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Wrc Blatters
It’s not often I get to partake in our featured event shenanigans. Quite often sidelined by a media obligation, I’m often wishing I was behind the wheel getting involved in the wheel work, rather than throwing fingers around the camera like Edward Sc
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Big Ambitions Part 2
I now had a steady income stream, an apartment, and a Nissan Silvia S14 in Japan, but before we move on let’s rewind a few weeks. At this time my only mode of transport in my rice field–covered city was a rusty mamachari, the bike with a basket on th
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Mazda Madhouse
I’m Amy, a day-to-day marketing executive; weekend automotive photographer; and above all, enthusiast of Japanese cars and racing, with a particular fondness for Mazda rotaries. My pride and joy is my 1977 Mazda 808 converted to RX-3, running a 12A b
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Prowear Nz Superlap Series Returns With Four Rounds For 2021
With classes available for all makes, models, and abilities, there’s no excuse not to hit the track this summer. If you’re new to motorsport, this is a great series to get started in, without the pressure of door-to-door racing. You don’t need a fast
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Product Review
Forget workarounds. Tuning masterminds working with pro racers want the most advanced and programmable engine control system, and this is it. The MaxxECU PRO can access just about any information, allowing engine controls to be tuned to perfection. C
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HD Gran Turismo Overload
We know what you’re thinking — the GTO platform isn’t the most common to modify here in New Zealand, for a few reasons. Generally speaking, the tech-crammed Mitsubishi supercar from the ’90s was lightyears ahead of its competitors on release, however
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Brap Beetle
Bejon Haswell isn’t a stranger to the boxer engine. He owns a Subaru WRX STi GRB hatchback, but during the 2019 Timaru hailstorms it was damaged and repaired. During the process, Bejon acquired his mum’s Volkswagen Golf Mk3, which he then traded for
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Mat Alexander
AGE: 18 (WITH 20 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE) // LOCATION: AUCKLAND // OCCUPATION: PLUMBER How did you get into modifying cars? It’s a natural progression growing up in West Auckland: modify everything. I think everyone born out West thinks they’re a street sh
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Local Specialists
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New Zealand’s Quickest Street Cars
Cars must be registered and have a WOF, drive back up the return road, have raced within the last two years, and still belong to the driver who set the time. If you know anyone who should be on the list, make sure to let us know by emailing editor@pe
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Fast Fix With Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Quik Clay Kit
In recent times, many of us serious about car care have included the use of a clay bar in our home-detailing processes; if you haven’t then you’re missing out. Clay bars remove bonded contaminants from the paint surface without hazing. However, while
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The Evolution Of Japanese Cars Exhibit Arrives At Bill Richardson Transport World
A new exhibit at Invercargill’s Bill Richardson Transport World showcases iconic vehicles built at the height of the Japanese automotive industry’s entry onto the world stage in a starring role. The Evolution of Japanese Cars showcases the best of th
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NZ Performance Car EDITOR René Vermeer, SUBEDITORS Karen Alexander, Richard Adams-Blackburn PROOFREADER Sarah Beresford SENIOR DESIGNER Mark Gibson DESIGNERS Day Barnes, Henry Khov ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Em
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In Full Force
When given this assignment, I have to admit that I approached it with a pinch of trepidation and wariness. I was told to meet up with a local car club — a club that only accepted not just one make of car, but one special version of one particular mod
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With Hayden Paddon flying the Hyundai flag here in New Zealand, there’s no denying Hyundai is claiming a decent chunk of the hot-hatch market with the previously released models. Now, it’s at it again with yet another rally-inspired machine: the all-
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Toyota Dropping Bombs!
Hot-hatch enthusiasts, eat your hearts out! Toyota is back in the game, with the all-new GR Yaris (GR-Four), an all-wheel drive, threecylinder, turbocharged, two-door weapon that is backward engineering from a World Rally Championship rally car. Pack
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Sean Binnema // Nissan Silvia 180sx
I can’t keep up with Sean’s vehicles as of late. Having recently sold his Itasha wrapped S13 that followers had come to know, this particular 180SX is one of two Silvias that Sean now owns. The other, a twin yellow SR20DET S15. Given his previous cha
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Club’s Full, Sorry Pal
When the signs went up on the event page saying “SOLD OUT”, everyone knew that this year’s fourth edition of ClubFest was going to be big. But just how big I don’t think anyone fully realized, until they reached Hampton Downs race track and were conf
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Johnny Baxter // Nissan Silvia S14
Is there anything more wholesome than a street-styled Silvia that has undergone a tasty, track-worthy transformation? “It all started when Joel and Adam at C’s Garage convinced me to upgrade to their signature 555-knuckle set-up, with Part Shop Max s
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Japanese Is Out And Euro Is In!
William Thomas O’Gorman is an incredibly handy fellow behind the welder and builds a tidy race car, with his previous Toyota AE111 a garage-built work of art. After a couple of successful NZ Superlap Series track days, William decided to make the swi
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South Island Champions
Ah, the South Island. There’s nothing more serene, scenic, and truly clean. Oh, whoops — this isn’t a travel advert … Let’s start that again. Ah, the South Island, the hills are alive with music — the sound of screaming wastegates, high-powered impor
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You might be surprised to learn how many cars were offered with factory air suspension. Think luxo-barge four-door sedans that once cost more than the average yearly salary and were designed for chauffeuring company executives between meetings. These
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Lunch Time
So, 18 months and 10,000 man-hours of design and engineering later, on 4 November 2020, we, Paddon Rallysport, finally showed the world our Hyundai Kona EV rally car — one of the first EV rally cars in the world. The end result is something of which
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New Zealand–import Drag Racing Records
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Social Distancing? Yeah, Nah
Ah, the sweet aroma of combusted gasoline and the alleviating hum of automotive conversation; events are back Covid-19, and it’s a bloody good feeling. It seems as though this entire year we’ve been reluctantly Zoom-calling one another, catching up v
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Daniel Liemburg // Nissan Silvia S13
While the other lads fluffed about with shammying and swapping wheels before this photoshoot, Daniel simply unloaded his S13 from the trailer and called me over. “Which side do you reckon has the least damage? I’ll angle the car to make it look clean
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Vika May
AGE: 27 // LOCATION: AUCKLAND // OCCUPATION: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT NZ Performance Car: Hey Vika! Tell us, when did you first get into the car scene and modifying cars? Vika: Hey guys! I got into the car scene in my early teens, and even more so once I
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Subscribe And Receive Tickets To The Nz Performance Car Night Speed Drag Wars Meremere
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Your Shots In Print
Got Instagram? Want print fame on top of all those likes that fly your way each time you post a photo? Want to show us your whip without actually talking to us? Want to see what other readers are up to in their sheds? The answer to all these question
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Matt Higham’s S14
Matt Higham graced the ‘Under Construction’ pages of NZPC many moons ago, when he made the move from circuit racer to drifter with his RB-powered S14. These days, though, things have changed, with Matt pursuing a different kind of drifting kick after
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