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NZV8 — the remedy for your back-to-work blues

30 January, 2015

You might be back to work, but we’ve crammed NZV8 Issue No. 117 full of top-shelf content that should help you feel like you’re back on holiday. Grab your copy now. 

Headlining the feature cars is this stunning Dodge Challenger, powered by a 600hp fuel-injected Hemi, and with no stone left unturned in the owner’s quest to build the ultimate grand tourer. If tough is more your thing, how about a twin-turbo Ford Pop that runs wheel-standing nine-second passes? There’s also a super clean and supercharged GMC pickup, a show-quality CMC Torana packing a 700hp LSX, and an immaculate traditional ’32 Ford Highboy.

We also got out and about — checking out the skid-fest that was Supercheap Auto Powercruise 52, relaxing at Cruise Martinborough, and the infamous Burgerfuel Port Road Drags, which is now in its 48th year without a rain date!

If you’re planning on getting your hands dirty during the rest of the summer, we’ve also got a tutorial on how to convert your hydraulic fork-type clutch to a modern hydraulic-release bearing, as well as the latest and greatest trends from SEMA — just the last minute inspiration your Beach Hop-build needs!

Of course we’ve also got the exciting columns, a truly amazing feature shed (well, garage) filled with America’s finest, and all of the content that will keep you counting down the hours until lunch or home time. All you need to do is to pick up a copy, and pop the top off a beer (optional).

Becoming fond of Fords part two – happy times with Escorts

In part one of this Ford-flavoured trip down memory lane I recalled a sad and instructive episode when I learned my shortcomings as a car tuner, something that tainted my appreciation of Mk2 Ford Escort vans in particular. Prior to that I had a couple of other Ford entanglements of slightly more redeeming merit. There were two Mk1 Escorts I had got my hands on: a 1972 1300 XL belonging to my father and a later, end-of-line, English-assembled 1974 1100, which my partner and I bought from Panmure Motors Ford in Auckland in 1980. Both those cars were the high water mark of my relationship with the Ford Motor Co. I liked the Mk1 Escorts. They were nice, nippy, small cars, particularly the 1300, which handled really well, and had a very precise gearbox for the time.
Images of Jim Richards in the Carney Racing Williment-built Twin Cam Escort and Paul Fahey in the Alan Mann–built Escort FVA often loomed in my imagination when I was driving these Mk1 Escorts — not that I was under any illusion of comparable driving skills, but they had to be having just as much fun as I was steering the basic versions of these projectiles.

Fear and loathing the blue oval – part one

The slogan went something like ‘There’s a Ford in your future’. ‘Bugger off!’ were always the words that sprung to my mind. Ford and I have never really got on in the manner of many of my friends, so I’d say my relationship to the brand was distant. The accelerating blur of passing time has helpfully blanketed memories of a few Ford encounters which I probably wanted to forget but I have to admit, now I look at them, they are re-appearing through the mists of time. What comes to mind more readily, to quote some uncharitable wit, is that the letters Ford could stand for ‘fix or repair daily’. Still, I have to ’fess up, there were several Fords in my past.