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1,000,000 Facebook fans! Thanks, from NZV8

23 February, 2015

Well, it’s happened — NZV8’s hit one of those great modern-day milestones, and have cracked 1,000,000 Facebook likes.

We didn’t ever think that we’d get that kind of audience when we started the page in 2009, but the million fans bring to us a fan base that stretches across the globe. We’re now getting the local V8 scene recognition not just here in New Zealand, but in countries as diverse as Australia, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Morocco, Hungary, and Algeria.

Locally, our biggest local following comes from Auckland. Second place is taken by Christchurch — our thanks to the Cantabrians for flying the NZV8 flag outside of Auckland. Of course, we wouldn’t be where we are without the support we have from all over New Zealand — our thanks to everyone.

Thanks to Repco, we’re celebrating by giving away some great prizes to six fans. The first prize, which will go to one reader is a 143-piece toolkit.

Five runner ups will receive an 80-piece toolkit. All you need to do to go in the draw to win is tell us in the form below where our second biggest following within New Zealand is from. We’re grateful to our fans from across the globe for their support, but we’re only able to send the prize to a New Zealand address.

Take a trip down memory lane by checking out a few of our favourite Facebook posts we’ve put together over the years in the gallery below:

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Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.