NZ Performance Car - - Editorial - PS: If you’re bored this sum­mer while loung­ing around do­ing noth­ing, we have a ton of con­tent rol­lling out on the­mo­tor­hood.com to keep you guys oc­cu­pied. Mar­cus Gib­son

Damn, another year has blasted by as if it was on full boost with an arse-kick of ni­trous. Sum­mer is here, and so is the on­slaught of events. I hope you have some­thing in the shed that’s ‘fin­ished’ enough so you can get out there and en­joy it in what­ever way you dreamed of dur­ing those long win­ter nights spent wrench­ing. For me, sum­mer means long hot days at the race track, wan­der­ing around car shows, cruis­ing in cars older than me, and BBQs at my work­shop while look­ing at cars that still aren’t fin­ished.

I would have to say, 2016 has seen our com­mu­nity in a pretty good space. There are plenty of cars get­ting built; plenty of guys push­ing the bound­aries, both with style and per­for­mance; and plenty of lo­cally built parts and cars of a world-stage cal­i­bre. Look­ing back on this year’s fea­ture cars gives a good in­di­ca­tion of how healthy it is out there in New Zealand. It’s ab­so­lutely hum­ming with ac­tiv­ity; there’s some­thing on nearly ev­ery week­end, which, when you boil it all down, is the lifeblood of what we do and why. Without peo­ple sup­port­ing and at­tend­ing events in per­son, there will be no new gen­er­a­tion get­ting ex­cited — mak­ing poor fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions and build­ing cars. It’s the trap ev­ery one of us fell into, and, hey, I, for one, am not com­plain­ing about those de­ci­sions I made as a young­ster.

Over the com­ing months, there are a few key things I’ll be look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing, in­clud­ing the king hit — the V 4&Ro­tary Na­tion­als. This will be my 16th na­tion­als on the trot, and the fourth one in which I will ac­tu­ally have a ve­hi­cle of my own. It’s some­thing that I love; it’s the event that, as a young man, in­flu­enced me more than any other. What I take from the show these days is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to what I did back then, but the vibe is still very much the same. That pre-nats rush; no sleep­ing, just for­ward mo­men­tum with a very fi­nite dead­line date.

What will the 2017 event bring? I’m not sure. There were a few years there where the qual­ity of some cars in at­ten­dance were more be­fit­ting of the car park than show hall, but the last two shows in par­tic­u­lar, have been stacked with great qual­ity cars from all cor­ners of New Zealand, and the vibe has been par­tic­u­larly good.

But, in say­ing that, it’s cer­tainly not the only event I’m look­ing for­ward to, with the an­nouc­ment of Mad Mike’s Sum­mer Bash (check page 16), a big­ger and more badarse RE­u­nion, along with a few low-key events. I plead with you all to get out and get in­volved in as many as your spare time and bud­get will al­low. It’s the only way our scene will grow. As I’ve said be­fore, we are not a vir­tual scene; yes, the in­ter­net makes it easy to con­nect with many, but the real lifeblood of what we all love is be­ing there in per­son and sim­ply en­joy­ing that mo­ment in time. Whether you’re only spec­tat­ing or ac­tu­ally tak­ing part, get amongst it, peo­ple, it’s a great time to be in the car scene.

Stay safe on those roads this sum­mer, and see you all in 2017 for a year that is shap­ing up to be large!

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