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Mad about all things rotary pow­ered, this RE-fo­cused club from down south packs a big punch with its line-up of rau­cous rotangs — to get a bet­ter idea on what was on of­fer we caught up with the crew for a lazy hang, and we weren’t left dis­ap­pointed!

Part of the rea­son we love the car scene in God’s own is the strong sense of con­nec­tion here be­tween groups of like-minded own­ers. This has prompted the cre­ation of hun­dreds of car clubs, and while many of those have come and gone over the years, a few bet­ter-known ex­am­ples have stuck around. There is some­thing for ev­ery­one out there, in­clud­ing one of the new kids on the block, a South Is­land—based group known as ‘Ro­tor Pulse’. If it wasn’t glar­ingly ob­vi­ous from the name, th­ese guys share a love of rotary-engine (RE)-pow­ered ve­hi­cles, and the group’s name is a nod to the iconic ‘pul­sat­ing’ th­ese en­gines pro­duce. The club had its beginnings in an­other rotary-spe­cific group that be­gan to fiz­zle out due to in­ac­tiv­ity. Not con­tent with that, Marc Ritchie — the now pres­i­dent of Ro­tor Pulse — and sev­eral other mem­bers split off to form their own, new in­car­na­tion. The sole mem­ber­ship cri­te­ria is sim­ple: if your car is pow­ered by a rotary, whether from Mazda or oth­er­wise, then you’re good to go — as, although, the guys like to meet po­ten­tial mem­bers to en­sure they gel with the rest of the club first, their doors are al­ways open to those in­ter­ested. Marc told us, “We are a tight-knit bunch and work hard to keep things happy. We don’t do con­flict or neg­a­tiv­ity, that’s not what we’re here for, and we makes sure that ev­ery­one is able to en­joy their cars to­gether and grow the rotary scene even more down here.”

Mem­bers’ cars range from a pe­riph­eral-ported 20B ’75 Capella — which had ev­ery­one reach­ing for their ears from the other side of the car park — to the clas­sic RX-3 on Mod­gies and Eagers, and an RX-7 wear­ing 18x10.5- and 18x13-inch­ers, with ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

While most crowds fo­cus on par­tic­u­lar styles, this club leaves it up to the owner, in the purest form, and it shows from the va­ri­ety of pe­ri­od­cor­rect builds found within the group. In lit­tle over a year, Ro­tor Pulse has ex­panded out to 100 mem­bers across the South Is­land, and it put its top cars on dis­play at the re­cent V 4&Rotary South Is­land Champs in Ti­maru. Its mem­bers took home a gag­gle of awards, in­clud­ing Best RX-2/616, Best Late Model RX, and an over­all award for Best New Club on the Block. With plans to hit all the ma­jor events and con­tinue to bring new mem­bers on board, there’s no doubt that Ro­tor Pulse will be around for some time to come, and we ex­pect to see more rad cars com­ing out of their works.

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