The 2015 Leadfoot Festival will be held on February 6–8, 2015, after a years’ break. Leadfoot Festival is a unique …full story
Ever wanted to have lunch with someone truly famous? Well, here’s your chance. CanTeen is giving you the opportunity to attend an exclusive lunch with New Zealand’s most successful modern-era motor racing driver, three-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
In addition to his three championships, Dixon also has won one of the world’s most famous races, the Indy 500 in 2008, has amassed 34 IndyCar wins, and is a two-time winner of the iconic Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race.
Holden has announced they’ve designed a special limited-edition Commodore, especially for the New Zealand market.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the release of the 2015-model Commodores, which also sees the marque celebrate 60 years in New Zealand.
It’s three weeks out from Big Boys Toys and we’re madly organizing the coolest rides to show off in The Makita Motorhood.
The Makita Motorhood will be located in Hall Six, right next to the Tui Public House, and we’ll have a huge range of things for you to get involved with, including the chance for you to be on the cover of your magazine of choice, from NZV8, NZ Performance Car, or New Zealand Classic Car, with your favourite cover car. You can check out the range of vehicles our sister publications, NZ Performance Car and New Zealand Classic Car, have hand selected to be showcased, as well as check out the range of trade stalls.
Here’s a sneak peek at the previous NZV8 cover cars we’ve secured to showcase during the weekend’s events:
Quad Cam Beauty
Matamata couple Gary and Tina Walker poured their hearts and souls into producing a 1969 Ford Mustang unlike any other. The black beauty features a late model Falcon quad cam ending, along with matching six-speed manual gearbox to combine the style of old with the performance of new. The car’s subtle body modifications leave the car looking like a Mustang, but just tweak the shape slightly to add a modernized twist.
If you’re reading this, then the chances of you having a soft spot for fast cars is very likely. If that’s the case, then Hampton Downs will have just the ticket for you over the weekend of November 1–2. Headlining the action is the BNT NZ SuperTourers, covering three endurance races comprising the Waikato 400, the second round of the championship’s endurance series.
On top of that, the event features TL and TLX-spec racing courtesy of Nissan, Toyota, Holden, and Ford V8 machines, with hectic racing from young up-and-comers, and experienced V8 racing veterans alike.
For the bogans among us, the UDC V8 Ute category always delivers the goods — 400hp V8s with no weight over the rear wheels is great for that! The series is currently dominated by Aussie Kris ‘Killa’ Walton and his Peters Motorsport Ford, so it’d be something to see such an exciting local event taken over by a Kiwi. If the Ute series’ tyre-frying action, currently dominated by Walton, doesn’t do it for you, the extreme GTNZ classes should — the GT1, GT2, and NZGT classes demonstrate the ultimate in homegrown speedsters, including prototype cars from Crawford in the USA, TransAm racers, rotaries, huge-horsepower V8s, and Japanese turbo screamers — this promises something for every petrolhead out there.
The ENZED Classic Muscle Car series will also have rounds covering both days, and promises everything we could ever hope for in a racing series — old school muscle cars, huge V8s, and blistering pace. The sheer noise will be sure to set this racing out from the rest.
As a sort of cherry on top, the Ssangyong Actyon ute racing series provides a ton of fun — what they lack in outright speed is more than made up for in entertainment value and bumper-to-bumper racing. The action-packed weekend will be complimented by on-track demonstrations from a range of machinery, including Formula 5000 and Nascar racers.
If this sounds like a bit of you, tickets and further information can be found on v8st.co.nz.
In a shock announcement to Ford, and V8 Supercars fans alike, reports surfaced over Bathurst weekend that Ford Australia were set to quit V8 Supercars.
The reports concerned speculation that Ford Australia was looking to exit the sport once its contract with Ford Performance Racing (FPR) expired at the end of the year. The announcement follows the demise of the Falcon as we know it — the new Falcon FG X is the final Aussie Falcon to go on sale before Ford Australia shuts its local assembly facilities down by October 2016.
This could mark the beginning of the end of the Ford badge in the V8 Supercars event. Ford Australia’s impending switch to importer status means their entire business model is under review, including investment and participation in motorsport.
The Meguiar’s Car Crazy Charity Cruise is back for the second time this year. Following the success of the earlier July event, they have teamed up with Big Boys Toys to back Canteen, supporting young people living with cancer.
Commencing on the morning of Saturday, November 8, at Meguiar’s East Tamaki headquarters, the cruise takes entrants on the scenic route to Big Boys Toys, where they may park their pride-and-joy in the VIP carpark for showgoers to admire.
Amongst a thorough list of good stuff, registrants will also receive a Meguiar’s gift pack, and entry to Big Boys Toys for all in their car — on top of that, the entire entry fee will be donated to Canteen. The cruise is limited to well presented vehicles only, and registration is open now at meguiars.co.nz. Sounds like a great day for all involved, and for a very worthy cause.