It’s three weeks out from Big Boys Toys and we’re madly organizing the coolest rides to show off in The …full story
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.
Another Enduro season has been opened at the Sandown 500 and what a show it produced. The unstoppable Red Bull, Jamie Whincup, claimed victory of the 500km opener, setting himself up for the biggest race of the season, Mount Panorama, Bathurst. With the new manufacturers well and truly having their foot in the door of the 2014 season, the Nissans, Mercedes and, for the first time, the Volvos were looking to consolidate an already staggering performance for the year, by adding the Peter Brock Trophy to their collection, a true honour within the sport.
In typical Bathurst style, Australia’s great race opened the floodgates to thousands of campers, and with an attendance rate of more than 195,000 people, it was set to be another invigorating weekend. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Ford, Holden, Nissan, Mercedes, or Volvo, every driver there was fighting for the most valuable prize in Australian motorsport, A win at the Bathurst 1000.
Nine-year-old Aaron Rowe has been suffering from cancer for the past two years of his life. At age seven, he lost his left leg to it and just seven months later it returned in his left lung. At this point, he had to suffer through 22 weeks of chemotherapy only to find that the efforts had not been successful and surgery would be required. Another seven months later the cancer has now reappeared in both lungs and young Aaron has been confirmed as terminal.
As such an event was organized recently to give him a bit of a cheer up, and let him experience a few things that he wouldn’t usually get the chance to. Members from Pukekohe Hot Rod Club, Sunset Rod & Custom, Manukau Hot Rod Club, Dysfunktional Car Club, and the Iron Thunder MC turned up en masse to show him a bunch of cool cars and offer him rides.
Ever wanted to drive Route 66 but didn’t know where to begin? You’re not alone, but thankfully there’s an easy alternative
Road trip are two words that put a smile on the face of any red-blooded car fanatic, and the ultimate road trip is of course Route 66 — the Mother Road of the USA. Many would be surprised to learn that Beach Hop’s Noddy Watts’ day job is tour leader for Kiwis on Route 66, a business that specializes in showing Kiwis, and a few Aussies, the real America along that historic and world-famous road.
Opened in 1927, the 2477-mile road played an important role in the development of the USA. During the Great Depression, many from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas travelled Route 66 to escape the ‘Dust Bowl’ and to head to the greener pastures in California. During World War II, the road was used to move military personnel across country, and then in the ’50s and ’60s it became even more popular as vehicles became more reliable and people headed west for vacations to visit attractions such as Disneyland.
It may look like a race car of old, and it is, but this high-riding ’55 is now set for a life on the street!
West Auckland’s Russell Long has it bad — he’s the absolute gearhead, hot rodder, weekend drag racer, and speed junkie our parents all warned us about. It’s not all a bad thing, as he’s a good Kiwi bloke and, through hard work and determination, has a list of cool cars to his name, with no sign of taking it easy or slowing down. Influenced and inspired by many cool cars and people in the rodding world near and far, Russell was always keen to get a ’55 Chev Gasser to build a bad ass car for both street and strip use. “I had sold my ’41 Willys coupe (as seen in NZV8 Issue 15 and now in Australia) and was looking at importing a ’55 Chev Gasser from the USA when this one in Invercargill came up on Trade Me,” remembers Russell.