NZV8 #215 May-June 23

Issue 215

Jamie Waugh's absolutely stomping, mega-powered '69 Chev Nova graces the cover of this issue. The AGRO69 is so named for a very good reason: it produces 800-plus horsepower. It’s a weapon of a car, built to the highest standards with all the trick performance parts from all the top builders in the country. We have three other street machines that feature in the issue, one being ex-NZ Army soldier Dean Rennie with his blown XA Ford Falcon coupe. It's one intimidating car, with one hell of a story behind it. We also check out Simon Macleod’s ’82 DX Corolla. The JDM / V8 mash-up just works and looks killer at that — with its appetite for destruction and tyre-killing stance, it’s one rad car. From the South, Muscle and Classic Restorations wanted to build a car to showcase their craftsmanship — their Hemi-powered Charger is that and more! Muscle Car Madness, one of the South Island's most anticipated events, was on and of course we were there to get the scoop and juicy photos. What an event that is: plenty of booze and antics and cool rides to be had — add it to your list of must-do events if you haven’t already. Some of the coolest cars in the southern half of the North Island showed up to the first-ever Wheels at Whitby car show, held in a suburb called Whitby just shy of the capital; the show also featured plenty of other entertainment, food, and trade stalls, and attendees are already looking forward to the next one. Back again for its second instalment is Club Corner, this time round featuring one of New Zealand’s oldest hot rod clubs — Rod Benders Inc. You can learn all about the club and its members in this issue. It's a cool history lesson about another unearthed hot rod club of NZ. Our newest section, Readers’ Rides, fills a gap that has existed for far too long. While we always have our show and high-performance cars in the magazine each month, many readers have pretty cool street cars that hold some cred, and you get to have them in print, thanks to your letters and photos. We have a great line-up this month, with everything from daily drivers to weekend warriors, so if you have something similar or even better, please get in touch. Hot Rod Ramblings is another good one, in which we travel with Greg Stokes to the United States and experience all the antics he got up to during his stay there. There’s a wild tale about how Straight Talk's Tony Johnson got his Cadillac in Hunting T-Rex, a wealth of information from the Fabrication series' Taylor Peterson, and even more inside!

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