NZ Performance Car - - Team Nzpc - Jaden Martin Email: In­sta­gram: jaden_nzpc­magazine

Yep, this is my favourite part of the year, the clas­sic Kiwi sum­mer. Who isn’t stoked to be hit­ting the end of the year and get­ting some time away from it all? But I feel for all of you work­ing re­tail, and oth­ers who work through. Around the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber, when the sun at­tacks my pasty skin, ev­ery sec­ond lo­cal shop is filled with the smell of pine nee­dles, and the Coronas flow aplenty. It’s hard not to re­call all the fond mem­o­ries of cruis­ing up to the Far North and fang­ing around the lo­cal beaches on a quad bike as a youn­gun. Sum­mer­time is the crème de la crème of the sea­sons, and the hot weather makes for the per­fect ex­cuse to pack the car with a few mates, a BBQ, a cou­ple of dozen snags and the oblig­a­tory box of ’ronas, and re­vert to be­ing full-time beach-dwellers. Bliss.

We’re also pretty damn spoiled for choice in the car world dur­ing sum­mer, as the risk of rain is re­duced to lit­tle to none (touch wood), and we can ex­pect beam­ing heat for ev­ery event un­der the sun — no pun in­tended — that’ll be packed into the next cou­ple of months.

I was lucky enough to head down to Timaru to cover the 4&Ro­tary South Is­land Champs for this is­sue and ea­gerly await the up com­ing Na­tion­als. With a mere month and a bit to go, sadly this won’t be the year I fi­nally en­ter some­thing to dis­play, but I will be there scan­ning the hun­dreds of sweet builds that will have come out of the wood­work after a long win­ter. I also hope to hit as many grass­roots events as I can while the weather holds out.

If you’re at­tend­ing any events and spot me there, feel free to come up for a yarn — it’s al­ways cool to shoot the shit with our read­ers. You never know, yours might be our next cover car that we just haven’t seen yet.

So, kick back but take it easy on the way out to the beach, every­one — we want you to get there in one piece. And re­mem­ber that the New Zealand Po­lice is en­forc­ing hol­i­day-pe­riod fourk­ilo­me­tre-per-hour speed tol­er­ances from De­cem­ber 1, 2016 to Jan­uary 31, 2017, so make sure you drive safe.

En­joy your sum­mer!

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