Powercruise Goes Off

November 22nd, 2011 by NZV8

Supercheap Auto Powercruise hit Taupo Motorsport Park for the third time over the weekend, and as we’ve come to expect it was a mammoth event. Turnout was well up on last years event, with over 420 cars were entered of all makes and models.


For the full event report, check out the next issue of NZV8, which will be on sale Monday next week.






Father’s Day Drags revving up this Sunday

September 1st, 2011 by NZV8

The annual Petrolhead Father’s Day Drags is the biggest and fastest streetcar meeting on the local drag racing calender and its on this Sunday (4 September). So grab your old man or drop some hints to your kids and get along to Fram Autolite Dragway to take it in all the action.

Hosted by the American Car Club the event is well organised and has real atmosphere. The competition has heated up over recent years so expect to see big horsepower machines fighting for their share of the $10K in prize money. There will be a burnout comp as well. (more…)

Crazy Swedes turn Viper into Saab 9-3 SRT10 MegaPower

May 19th, 2011 by NZV8

The machine you see pictured above is one of the world’s most hardcore wagons, and is an example of what can happen when imagination meets opportunity and engineering ability.

This radical Saab estate comes from it’s homeland of Sweden where a mad crew of mechanics transformed a Dodge Viper into this menacing 9-3 SRT10 MegaPower.

It began with what was meant to be a much easier project when  a wrecked Dodge Viper SRT-10 was bought with the intention of rebuilding it. Unfortunately, the Viper was smashed up pretty bad and unsurprisingly there were few SRT-10 parts available in Sweden. So what can you do? These guys decided on stripping down the Viper’s body and using the mechanical hardware and parts on the chassis on a Saab 9-3 Sport Combi. (more…)

Muscle Car Madness hits Rangiora this weekend

January 21st, 2011 by NZV8

The annual Muscle Car Madness event is all on for this weekend (21 – 23 Jan) at the Rangiora Show Grounds near Christchurch.

It’s set to be an epic display of muscle cars and hot rods and some nice smokey burnouts. Last year over 1500 cars were on show. There will also be Custom motorcycles, a jap import section, famous airbrush artists, demonstations and a model car show (on Sunday), lots of trade stalls, food stalls, side shows and entertaiment all weekend.

There will be live music all weekend, including international artists such as Firebird from Melbourne and Auckland band Voodoo Kreepers as well as over 21 other acts including music, comedy and buskers.

The gates will be open to the public from 10am- 5pm Saturday and Sunday . Entry costs Adults, $14. kids under 15, $2, Family pass $30 and 2 day adult pass $25.

The Rangiora Show Grounds is located 27 kms north of Christchurch. Click here to find out more.

Episode 6: 13 December 2010

December 8th, 2010 by NZV8

On this week’s show we wrap up our Powercruise Taupo coverage with some V8 feature cars on the track. A supercharged ’77 Torana, ‘Clutch’ a former NZV8 cover car and a ’79 Chevy C10. We also show you the burnout competition finals with the top 5 burnouts of Powercruise and we take a look at an XB Falcon from Matamata Panelworks that took out the Show and Shine Prizes.

Our Meguiar’s feature car for this week is a blown XP Falcon which will really show viewers how to build a great classic V8 on a budget.

It’s an epic show and not to be missed so don’t forget to tune in this Sunday.

NZV8 TV is on at 2:30 pm, this Sunday on TV1. It will run each week at the same time so check it out.

Also watch this week for your chance to win a 3D LG TV and other prizes. Click here to find out more.

Click here to view profiles of this season’s presenters.

If you missed the first five episodes of this season’s NZV8 TV, no worries, click here to view them online.

Episode 6 – Part 1

Part 2

Powercruise 2010 – Burnouts – 160 images

November 29th, 2010 by NZV8

The drag racing, the cruising and the bikini comp were all great events at the recent Powercruise in Taupo, but nothing got the boys revved up quite like the burnouts. With tyres screaming out for traction and smoke trails filling up the sky no one could look away from the machines taking centre stage. It was a top comp and burnouts are exactly what P0wercruise is about.

Check out images of imports and V8s spinning it up hard in the gallery below. (more…)

Powercruise 2010 – Power Skids – 110 images

November 24th, 2010 by NZV8

Last weekend’s Powercruise went off with a bang and the event that really drew the big crowds was the Powerskids. Imports and V8s alike filled the sky with smoke as they took their traction starved cars down the track. It was a right spectacle and proved popular with competitors and those cheering from the stands.

Check out the images from the Power Skids at Powercruise 2010 in the gallery below. (more…)

180 cement trucks + 12 hours = Hampton Downs’ new skid pan

September 13th, 2010 by NZV8

Burnout enthusiasts nationwide have been eagerly awaiting the construction of Hampton Downs’ new skid pan facility, and now work is well in progress on this major project.

Exactly how major is this project? Well, when the skid pan is finished it will measure a massive 100m long by 50m wide and is NZ’s largest ever single pour of post tension concrete. When the concrete was poured last week it took 180 trucks twelve hours straight to get it all down.

Once this sea of concrete sets, Hampton Downs’ skid pan will be used not just by smokey burnout bandits but also by the Police, Defence Forces and other Government agencies as well private organisations in the safety training for their fleet operators. In fact the skid pan is a facility designed for driver training specifically in the areas of emergency control under varying circumstances. The pan is built with the ability to change the surface conditions from dry to wet in seconds. This means the skid pan can emulate many types of danger a driver might experience on the road.