South­ern Hos­pi­tal­ity

THERE IS A DAMN SPE­CIAL VIBE THAT IS RA­DI­ATED IN THE SOUTH, AND THOUGH THE FEEL­ING MAY JUST BE A SIDE EF­FECT OF TOO MUCH SUN AND SPEIGHT, THE PEO­PLE HERE RE­ALLY KNOW HOW TO THROW DOWN

NZ Performance Car - - South Island Champs V 4&rotary - N MARTI JADEN FIELD, WORDS : DRANS ROSS MARTI N PHOTO S: JADEN S, MAYER MIKEY

e need not in­tro­duce an event like the V 4&Ro­tary South Is­land Champs — it sim­ply has a rep­u­ta­tion that ex­ceeds the con­fines of these pages, and then some. This is the event ev­ery south­ern car owner fiends for, and it’s one that is firmly etched into the ‘must at­tend’ sec­tion of our cal­en­dars. This year saw a 600km-odd shift from the Nel­son lo­ca­tion of the pre­vi­ous few years to the in­cred­i­bly ac­com­mo­dat­ing Timaru. When your town hosts an event of this mag­ni­tude, you will ex­pe­ri­ence some ruckus, and to ac­com­mo­date any ma­jor ac­tiv­ity is a feat — es­pe­cially when that ac­tiv­ity in­volves heav­ily-mod­i­fied cars in­vad­ing the streets and tak­ing over the town. Per­haps it was Timaru’s prox­im­ity to Christchurch that stirred it on, as the un­of­fi­cial Fri­day night cruis­ing ses­sion which has be­come a sta­ple of these shindigs was rem­i­nis­cent of the good ol’ days in the scene, and there were all flavours of cars to pique your in­ter­est. The same can be said about the fol­low­ing day’s ac­tiv­i­ties. Last year, the Satur­day — and the event’s first day — was strictly a drag-rac­ing af­fair. This year, Lev­els [ Timaru In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Race­way] was burst­ing at the seams with all things cir­cuit, drift, rally, burnout, show, and prac­ti­cally any other dis­ci­pline you can imag­ine that cars can com­pete in. Of note was the firm grip this part of the coun­try holds on older Toy­ota chas­sis. They’re few and far be­tween in the land up north, but southies have hordes of the things, some of which we had never come across, and they know how to build them right. The spec­ta­tor car park was filled with mul­ti­ple rad ex­am­ples, and in­side the grounds we stum­bled across a par­tic­u­lar KP61 Star­let. Owned by Jamie Hod­gins, the KP caught our at­ten­tion thanks to the TRD body kit, the big aero, and the loud ’80s-style liv­ery that adorned the car. The longer you looked at it the more and more you no­ticed, in­clud­ing the bon­net neg­a­tive-air– and front bumper pos­i­tive-air– suck­ing vents which feed the ra­di­a­tor with cool flow. Lift­ing the bon­net re­vealed a For­mula At­lantic 4A-GE backed by a six-speed Elite se­quen­tial dog box — the sound that the com­bi­na­tion pro­duces while scream­ing down the back straight needs to be heard in per­son to be ap­pre­ci­ated.

We also couldn’t help but spy a lonely Kaido- style Dat­sun 120Y be­ing slowly sur­rounded by ro­taries. It sat mere mil­lime­tres from the ground, with bolt-on flares and a duck wing, and wore the scars of a long, mo­tor sport–rich life. Owner Gareth Cham­bers told us that it was pre­vi­ously his daily driver, rock­ing a con­verted 1600 A-se­ries heart, and that he drew in­spi­ra­tion from one of his boss’s old race builds. Although it didn’t cut any laps out on track that day, it cer­tainly felt at home on the cir­cuit. Per­haps one of our favourite finds — co­in­ci­den­tally, the car and owner stayed only a few doors down from us at the ho­tel — was the ex–Mad Mike ‘ FURSTY’ 808 wagon. It had dis­ap­peared for a num­ber of years, and was un­for­tu­nately pil­laged of most of its valu­able bits. Not want­ing it to go to waste, cur­rent owner Stefan Collins pur­chased the then-white shell, mi­nus the Sa­vanna nose cone and 13B long block, and lov­ingly re­stored it to its for­mer glory, down to the orig­i­nal file de­cals on the sides, and on the front and rear win­dows. It’s no show pony, how­ever, and Stefan got to work in the burnout comp to re­mind the large crowds how ro­taries reigned supreme at all things burnout re­lated back in the FURSTY’s glory day. Things wound down after the burnout comp, and with our skin now a bright shade of red from the con­stant blis­ter­ing sun, we headed over to the South­ern Trusts Events Cen­tre to get amongst the set-up for the fol­low­ing day’s show.

Own­ers and crew worked tire­lessly into the night to get their dis­plays per­fect, so they could have a shot at the cov­eted awards — some would not leave un­til well into the AM. In the morn­ing of day two, many teams were feel­ing a touch worse for wear after hav­ing a late night, and a beer or three to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion. From the get go, the doors flooded with pun­ters, and prime view­ing po­si­tions were at a pre­mium — and favoured the tall — as it was a shoul­der-to-shoul­der squeeze in­side. We were re­ally im­pressed by the level of ef­fort that had been poured into prac­ti­cally all the cars on dis­play, and it was also great to see past cover and fea­ture cars / own­ers re­turn­ing once again. Tick­ing both those boxes, the Cany Cus­toms crew de­buted their lat­est cre­ations. The man be­hind the mad­ness, Blake Harpur, has rein­vented his pre­vi­ously big-winged and har­le­quin-paint–wear­ing S15 from the cover of NZPC Is­sue No. 232, and it’s now a lush white and red-ac­cented streeter com­plete with 326Power bodykit and huge Work Meis­ters. Dis­as­ter struck on the way to set-

up, when the bon­net flipped up and took out the wind­screen and the bon­net it­self — Blake wasn’t rocked by the set­back, though, and it did give on­look­ers the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate the un­der-bon­net mar­vel, and a bet­ter view of the red Bride gra­da­tion-pat­tern-trim in­te­rior. Jared Croft, the other side of the dy­namic duo, also turned heads with his char­iot fit for a cam­ber-king. The Al­tezza was next to un­rec­og­niz­able, as it was adorned by a clas­si­cally huge kit un­der which was tucked an equally massive set of Work Meis­ters. The rear runs so much neg­a­tive cam­ber it earned him the award for the Most Ex­treme Stance, and ev­ery­thing was coated with in-your-face turquoise paint­work. Look out for a fea­ture on both cars in our next is­sue. Need­less to say, the South Is­land scene goes off. Over the course of the week­end we had the op­por­tu­nity to shoot the shit with a num­ber of peo­ple, and from what we were told, there are some big-time builds that only just missed out on reach­ing com­ple­tion in time, or have al­ready be­gun prepa­ra­tion for next year’s event. We ex­pect an even more mind-blow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence come 2017, and given this year went off without a hitch, we can’t wait to head back down to Timaru to check it out. To view our full gallery and re­sults from both days, jump onto our web­site at the­mo­tor­hood.com

It was never in­tended as a show pony, and Alex MacAskill and his ex-cover-car SR20SR laid it out all day on track and made sure to squeeze in a heavy hit­ting skid in the burnout comp for good mea­sure

This old SSR Star Shark–wear­ing ’70 Toy­ota Corona was pulled from a pad­dock and still runs the orig­i­nal 1K heart, says owner Keith Wor­thing­ton. He also men­tioned that, ac­cord­ing to CarJam, she has one mil­lion miles on the clock. We aren’t sure that’s quite ac­cu­rate...

What re­cent New Zealand event would be com­plete without an ap­pear­ance from the RWB crew? Nan Su’s ‘Heki­gyoku’ was valiantly pi­loted by Timaru lo­cal Ben Sin­clair, while Royce Mi­haere took care of driv­ing du­ties in An­thony Wong’s ‘Waikato’

The Rapid Per­for­mance dyno power run ses­sions were a crowd favourite, and gave en­trants the op­por­tu­nity to see just how well their cars can spin the wheels

An ode to Ja­panese pu­rity, Matt Speedy’s re­cently com­pleted S13 left the Sil­via crowd droolin’. Sit­ting low over a set of SSR Longchamps and coated in glo­ri­ous coats of re­don-red flake, the Ori­gin Labo wide-bod­ied and 326Power-winged cat’s-eye–collector nearly didn’t even­tu­ate after it was posted as a project for sale ear­lier in the year

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