NZV8 #219

Jan/Feb 2024

850hp 6.2-litre Chev LSA in a VK Commodore — say what?! Shane Poulton's Commodore gracing the cover this issue is straight-out mental. Not only that, he's just as passionate about his two-wheeled creations as he is about his four-wheeled ones. His 2015 Harley Davidson Night Rod Special is a great example of this, built in a similar style to the VK, with many matching features, like the 24k gold-plated wheels! Now, if you're wondering how many cubes you can squeeze into a ’67 Chev Chevelle, Tom Hocking can tell you that 632ci is right on the money, pumping out a healthy 730hp at the wheels. While we’re at it, we also have an FJ Holden, mixed with a good serving of VS Commodore, creating a pretty interesting resto-mod Holden — definitely worth reading the details on. Adding to the mix, we’ve got Gary Morton’s ’41 Chrysler Royal Business Coupe that's been in the build for 28 years; the wait is over, and the results deliver! We head north and south for the event schedule, visiting some massive shows. Autofest at NAPA Autoparts Dragway puts on wild displays of street machines, burnouts, Show ’n’ Shine, and a ton more. Back down to the central North Island, where Egmont Rod & Custom host the Custom Street Rides 2023 National Hot Rod Show, with a grand assembly of 60 next-level hot rods on display, some of the best in NZ! Our last stop is the Kaikōura Hop, another top-tier Kiwi car event that always delivers a stunning lineup and a cool vibe. Our columnists are back with tales from their respective scenes, including Straight Talk with Tony Johnson, Hot Rod Ramblings from Greg Stokes, and Burnout Files with Hayden Wilby. There's something for everyone. And let's not forget about Readers' Rides and Club Corner, this time featuring Southside Streeters Inc., celebrating their 50th anniversary. We've got plenty of drag racing insights from Todd Wylie in ‘Dragged Up’, and we also bring you the latest builds in our ‘In the Build’ section.

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