Last weekend’s Powercruise went off with a bang and one event that drew the big crowds was the NZV8 Magazine Powerskids.
Being only a practice session on the Saturday, competitors could keep coming back as many times as they liked within the hour-long period.
Drag racer Bruce Cox, in his second generation Camaro, was out to prove he had what it took to earn himself an Hour Of Power sticker by setting the standard for others to follow. An unexpected hero was Lindsay Stalker in his blown HQ Wagon, who also had what it took, along with Nissan Silvia driver Phil Otene.
Just so the drivers didn’t get too cocky, event organiser Michael ‘Gup’ Gilbert fired up ‘Elvis’, his turbo big block HQ Holden, and proceeded to smoke the tyres until he almost ran out of track.
The burnout comp also proved popular, and after many overheated engines, melted tyres and cheers, the top five was a good mix of import and V8.
Mazda RX-3 driver Ben Moorcock showed no mercy to his immaculately presented car, to the delight of all the rotary fans. Denis Beaver added blue tyres to the rear of his HQ to help nab some extra points from the judges, but in what was rapidly becoming an event ruled by HQ Holdens, he couldn’t take out Aaron Jenkins.
Jenkins’s car looked flawless at the start of the weekend, but by the time he was finished it needed some serious paintwork, as once the tyres popped, he kept going like a mad man, until there was nothing but rim.
Check out a full event report from Powercruise in NZV8 issue 56, on sale Monday.
To see 230 images from the Powerskids and Burnout comps view them in the gallery below.