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NZ Performance Car - - Contents - WORDS: MAR­CUS GIBSON PHO­TOS: ADAM CROY, CHRIS SMITH

CIR­CLE JERK CREW “WE RUN SHIT”

If you have had any­thing to do with the im­port car scene over the last few years, then the name Cir­cle Jerk Crew — of­ten re­ferred to as CJC — will have surely popped up in one or two of your con­ver­sa­tions. There’s no deny­ing this group has had a pro­found im­pact on the lo­cal scene, from the mem­bers’ un­apolo­getic and of­ten out­spo­ken views on car mod­i­fi­ca­tions, to the unique sense of hu­mour of­ten felt full force on so­cial me­dia, through to their stand­out dis­plays at the V 4&Ro­tary Na­tion­als and hugely popular Jerk­fest. Love them or hate them, they’re part of a very po­lar­iz­ing club, but CJC is eas­ily one of the coun­try’s most ac­tive and best or­ga­nized within our scene, boasting over 100 ac­tive fo­rum mem­bers form­ing a net­work of Jerks spread across the coun­try.

It was that sense of hu­mour and out­spo­ken­ness which saw the club formed in the first place, as CJC vice pres­i­dent Josh Mills ex­plains. “We were all from NZHon­das.com and ba­si­cally just took the piss out of every­body who was a dick, so it was sug­ested that we piss off and have our own fo­rum. We de­cided we would, and formed the club to have a laugh and show ev­ery­one what our cars are made of in the show scene. It just evolved from there.” This was also how the name Cir­cle Jerk Crew came to be, af­ter those who showed them the vir­tual door de­scribed the group as a bunch of cir­cle jerk­ers. But rather than be in­sulted they de­cided to own it, even though they have never stood around in a cir­cle and ru­ined a per­fectly good ar­row­root or ginger­nut in the name of com­pe­ti­tion.

In those early days noth­ing was re­ally that se­ri­ous, they were just an ex­tended bunch of around 40 mates do­ing it their own way. The fo­rum helped things ramp up, and in 2010 their first club event was held. Known as Jerk­fest, it was a low-key club park-up un­der the Auck­land Har­bour bridge, fol­lowed by a BBQ. “Ini­tially the club was made up of peo­ple from Hamil­ton, with a few Auck­land and Christchurch peo­ple thrown into the mix, then as our club de­vel­oped, our friend­ship cir­cles got big­ger and it lead to the club spread­ing na­tion­wide,” ex­plained CJC me­dia man Damian Wi­j­nound.

That ex­pan­sion lead to a wide di­ver­sity of ve­hi­cles, which as you will see by the pho­tos re­ally does cover off most makes and mod­els. “It’s one thing that re­ally does set us apart, most clubs are formed around one marque or style of build, but to us the cars have al­ways been just a by-prod­uct of the group of friends, so what you drive doesn’t re­ally mat­ter,” club pres­i­dent Tank ex­plains. “But in say­ing that there is a heavy in­flu­ence with things like gen­uine parts.” That wide di­ver­sity put the club on the map with its al­ways mas­sive and highly

de­tailed dis­plays at the V 4&Ro­tary Na­tion­als. The at­ten­tion th­ese guys put into their dis­plays is in­sane, with themes run­ning each year, and match­ing ap­parel and stand props cor­rect down to the small­est item, all pulled to­gether while mem­bers are get­ting ready and of­ten com­pletely build­ing the cars. But shows aren’t the only area th­ese guys do best. The an­nual Jerk­fest has long out­grown the one-time lo­ca­tion un­der the Har­bour Bridge, mov­ing to Taupo Mo­tor­sport park in 2011. Since then the event has grown along­side the club, and this year saw 60-plus cars tear­ing up the track. “We try to keep Jerk­fest a mem­ber and friends event, but we get in­un­dated with re­quests for peo­ple to at­tend,” Damien ex­plained. The rapid ex­pan­sion of the event has meant a steep learn­ing curve for the club, and those tasked with or­ga­niz­ing it, and each year they take away away a lit­tle more knowl­edge and an idea on how to do it bet­ter next time. Its pop­u­lar­ity has now seen them ex­plore the idea of a few more public track days, so keep an eye out for those in fu­ture.

De­spite this rapid growth, the club re­mains an ex­tended group of mates, and they plan to keep it that way. “You ba­si­cally have to be mates with a mem­ber to get in, you sort of need to fit in with the club ethos and way of think­ing. There isn’t a mem­ber I wouldn’t in­vite to stay for the week­end, or trust with my mis­sus, well maybe a cou­ple, but you know what I mean,” Damien ex­plained.

Hang­ing out with CJC over a few drinks, skids and a de­cent feed from club mem­ber Wong, at Wongs Kitchen, we got a real sense of just how tight they were as a club, in fact it was more like hang­ing with a group of mates.

There might be a few haters of CJC out there, and judg­ing by the video we posted on Face­book from the day (go check it out), there are in­deed a few float­ing around, no doubt due to their out­spo­ken­ness and love of a good troll. But it’s clubs like this that keep our scene alive, and you can’t hate them for that!

HANG­ING OUT WITH CJC OVER A FEW DRINKS, SKIDS AND A DE­CENT FEED FROM CLUB MEM­BER WONG, AT WONGS KITCHEN, WE WE GOT A REAL SENSE OF JUST HOW TIGHT THEY WERE AS A CLUB, IN FACT IT WAS

MORE LIKE HANG­ING WITH A GROUP OF MATES.

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NAME: Ge­orge Mad­de­ver CAR: 2001 Lo­tus Ex­ige Type 111 WHEELS: 16x7-inch/17x8.5inch Podium FSL002 forged

NAME: Sam Longley CAR: 1973 Mazda RX-3 SPECS: 13B turbo WHEELS: 16.7-inch/16.8.5inch Sim­mon OM15

NAME: Kelvin Tay­lor CAR: 2000 Lexus GS300 WHEELS: 19×9.5-inch/ 19×11-inch Locksmice Valore

NAME: Willy Cate CAR: 13B PP 1999 Mazda MX-5 WHEELS: 15x8-inch (0)/15x9inch (0) XXR 002

NAME: Ker­ryn Suther­land CAR: 1998 Toy­ota Chaser JZX100 WHEELS: 18x9-inch Work D9Rs

NAME: Baby Je­sus CAR: 2005 Mazda Ax­ela WHEELS: 18x8-inch Mazda RX-8 fac­tory al­loys

NAME: An­thony Wong CAR: 1990 Porsche 964 Car­rera 4 WHEELS: 18x8/18x8.5-inch Work Brom­bacher

NAME: Troy Grif­fin CAR: 1998 JZX100 Chaser WHEELS: 18x9-inch (+6)/18x10-inch (+18) Work Meis­ter

NAME: Ja­son Hunter CAR: SR20DET-pow­ered Nis­san S14 WHEELS: 17-inch/18-inch Work XD9s

NAME: Vash Ver­meer CAR: 2JZ-GTE Toy­ota Al­tezza WHEELS: 18-inch Work Meis­ter

NAME: Hans Schel­tus CAR: Audi S3 WHEELS: 18x8.5-inch Ro­ti­form VCE

NAME: Ryan Gos­nell CAR: CA18DET 1998 Nis­san 180SX WHEELS: 18x9.5-inch (-1)/18x10.5-inch (-9) Work Meis­ter S1

NAME: Will Rolle­ston CAR: 2004 Honda Odyssey WHEELS: 17x9-inch Nis­san R33 GT-R NAME: Brian Cox CAR: 2007 Toy­ota Hilux WHEELS: 17-inch TSWs NAME: Jen Dal­limore CAR: Honda Ac­cord CL7R WHEELS: 17x7-inch Ad­van Kreutzer Xi

NAME: Wayne Thomp­son CAR: SR20DET 1997 Nis­san S14 WHEELS: 18x9.5-inch Work D9Rs

NAME: Kelvin Tay­lor CAR: 2.4 Hilux­pow­ered 1988 Toy­ota Cres­sida Es­tate WHEELS: 15x7-inch SSR For­mula Mesh

NAME: Tuggy Dougy CAR: 1991 Honda Civic EG WHEELS: UMMMMMM

NAME: Grey O’Rourke CAR: 2000 V7 Subaru WRX WHEELS: Stock

NAME: Cameron Den­nis CAR: SR20 1999 Nis­san S15 WHEELS: 17-inch Enkei RS

NAME: Tony Hen­nessy CAR: B18CR 1991 Honda Civic EG WHEELS: 15-inch Volk TE37

NAME: Tank Rhb CAR: 1980 EX Lancer WHEELS: 14x6.5-inch /14x7-inch Suzuka Carol

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