The annual V8 Supercars Townsville 400 is over for another year and to wrap up the event we’ve received a …full story
Issue 111 has just hit the shelves and is just the thing you need to break the winter blues. Gracing the cover is a very cool ’55 Chev gasser that’s made the transition from street to strip and back again.
Chev lovers will also like the slammed ’67 Camaro with mile-deep paintwork and plenty of unique custom touches. If Fords are more your thing, then we’ve got a quad cam-powered Bonus which is right up your alley, along with a wild Capri rally car. Mopar lovers are in for a treat with a seriously cool Plymouth Fury sedan.
On the tech front we follow the process behind some very clever sheet metal work, and also go behind the scenes with Rods By Reid.
We’ve also got the full story of New Zealand’s long-lost race tracks, the true story behind the quickest doorslammer in the world, and event coverage from the Aussie Winternats and more.
Grab a copy in store today, or online here.
Words by Jayden Stirrup
Well it was Courtney and Tander in the two HRT cars that were on the front row, but it was Kiwi Scott McLaughlin who took the lead at the beginning of race 20 at the Castrol Townsville 500. Craig Lowndes was off into a spin early after trying to get by Courtney, forcing him into the pits with damage, and after five laps of this 44-lap battle it was McLaughlin, Tander, and Bright leading the charge.
Some pushing and shoving with cars two, eight, and 97 could land them in some hot water with the incident being investigated by stewards, Slade and Reynolds were then off to the pits, leaving their fourth and fifth positions, and Craig Lowndes was again into the wall at turn eight, causing the first safety car of the race.
The safety car lights went out and we were back racing with Jamie Whincup retaking the lead from Scott McLaughlin. Championship leader Mark Winterbottom was in 13th, a rather poor position for him, given his recent performance, Robert Dahlgren and Russell Ingall had some contact, as the battle for 21st position heightened and on lap 19 Garth Tander was down the inside of Will Davison for P3.
The top spot at this year’s Elite Motorsport Academy has been awarded to Formula Ford driver Jamie Conroy. The 23-year-old from Invercargill demonstrated his skills and strengths, which previously saw him take out the 2013-14 NZ Formula Ford Championship title.
Conroy was one of eight who took part in the Academy this year, and as well as his individual award, he was part of Team Rebound which took home the Teams Award. The team includes Conroy, Drew Donovan, Ryan Yardley, and Taylor Cockerton.
Masterton Motorplex (MMP) have released their dates for the upcoming season, and as mentioned previously, will be hosting a round of the IHRA National Series as well as two rounds of the NZDRA series.
The season kicks off with a test and tune on December 6 followed by an import-only meet on December 7. January 3 and 4 will see a nostalgia meeting, while a round of the IHRA series takes place there on February 14 and 15. The NZDRA Central nationals follow on March 7 and 8, and the season concludes with the New Zealand Nationals on April 12 and 13.
If you’re still experiencing Sony Beach Hop withdrawals you’ll be pleased to know that this Sunday there is a special screening of the coverage of this year’s event on TV3.
Photo: Greg Stokes
Having been in hibernation for 46 years, Danny Thompson’s The Challenger II was taken out for its first successful test run in that many years at the El Mirage dry lake on June 10.
Greg Stokes was able to attend and took these great shots during the day. Danny’s father, the late Mickey Thompson initially owned this car, but now Danny is chasing the overall world land speed record.