News: The monsters are coming

The monster trucking sensation, Monster Jam is hitting QBE Stadium on Auckland’s North Shore this coming weekend with two shows …full story

Posted by NZV8 on October 28th, 2014

News: Leadfoot entertainment announced

The 2015 Leadfoot Festival will be held on February 6–8, 2015, after a years’ break. Leadfoot Festival is a unique …full story

Posted by NZV8 on October 23rd, 2014

NZV8 Pickup Round-up this weekend

October 22nd, 2014 by NZV8

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Over the last few years, Katikati’s Allan Smith had thought about creating a club dedicated to pickups of American origin. Earlier this year, he decided to make that dream into a reality, and USA Haulers was formed.

While it sounds all too easy, there’s far more to how the club behind the upcoming NZV8 Pickup Round-Up event came together. As Allan says, “Around January this year, myself and my partner, Katrina, decided to get the club started. I spoke to a couple of friends with trucks, Bill Moore and Paul Burrows, and we decided to start recruiting some members. It began to gather momentum rather quickly.

“At Beach Hop 2014, I spoke to Willy Pelzers about the club, and he was really keen to join. I told Willy we were going to organize a run somewhere, so members could meet each other. A week later, Willy phoned me and suggested we meet at Taupo, as it was central. I thought it was a great idea, so we got together and discussed a plan.”

That plan soon turned into running an event that would not only be great fun for the club and potential members but which could also become a highlight of the events calendar for pickup lovers. Better still, it could be used to raise funds that would be donated to the Cancer Society, a cause close to Willy’s heart. Read the full story »

Have lunch with Scott Dixon!

October 22nd, 2014 by NZV8

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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.

As an ambassador for CanTeen, Dixon will be in New Zealand to appear at Big Boys Toys at ASB Showgrounds on Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8 — including hosting an exclusive lunch on Friday, November 7 for CanTeen. Read the full story »

Commodore GTR announced

October 21st, 2014 by NZV8

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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.

Holden New Zealand general manager of marketing Marnie Samphier says the Commodore GTR has been developed after customer feedback suggested they were looking for something different. Read the full story »

Coolest rides showcased in The Makita Motorhood

October 20th, 2014 by NZV8

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:

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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. Read the full story »

Get ready for Hampton Downs’ upcoming V8 festival

October 17th, 2014 by NZV8

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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.

 

Ford set to quit V8 Supercars?

October 16th, 2014 by NZV8

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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. Read the full story »

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