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NZV8 Issue No. 121 races into stores

6 May, 2015

We knew that last month’s ‘10th Birthday’ issue would be a hard act to follow, but we’re pretty sure Issue No. 121 is right up there — and it’s available in stores now.

Gracing the cover is a circuit car like no other — designed to be cool first, and fast second. The 465ci Ray Barton Hemi that Keith Sinclair fitted to his ’70 Cuda ensured that that goal was achieved with ease, especially when combined with the iconic ‘Hot Wheels’ livery from the AAR cars of the period.

We know circuit racing isn’t everyone’s thing though, and we’ve made sure to pack the issue with just as much straight-line horsepower as always. Helping out with that task is a methanol-drinking big block Chev–powered Ford Capri.

Bridging the gap between straight-line power and handling prowess is a ’66 Chevelle that we’ve been trying to get into print for a few years now — the owner is always busy making it better. Finally, he relented, and we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s been well worth the wait.

Another car that we’ve had our eyes on for some time is the supercharged Commodore VN SS of Taupo’s Paul Topless. There’s not that many highly modified VNs out there, but that may all change after people see Paul’s one!

And, if hot rods are more your thing, you may enjoy finding out about the build of this gorgeous ’37 Ford coupe, which now packs a supercharged LS punch under the hood.

On the event front, this issue is packed with coverage from the recent APT Nostalgia Drags, the always impressive Hot Rod Blowout, NZDRA Drag Racing Nationals, as well as a vintage speedway day out.

On the tech front, we delve deep into the world of camshafts to find out what all the tech speak really means, as well as find out how ‘true fire’ flames are created.

NZV8 Issue No. 121 is on sale now for just $9.99 in store, or you can grab a digital copy online here for just $6.99.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.