PER­FOR­MANCE

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OMAR SHA­HAB’S MKII VW GOLF

Omar’s MkII VW Golf is an­other su­per-clean build. Although he now re­sides in the 09 area, he orig­i­nally hails from the UK, which is ev­i­dent from the styling and at­ten­tion to de­tail that was put into the build. The MkII fea­tures a built 1800 with 272 cams and a mod­i­fied G60 in­take, which im­part a good power punch. The highly de­tailed engine bay has seen hun­dreds of hours poured into mak­ing it as de­clut­tered and clean as pos­si­ble. Slammed on some re­fur­bished BBS RS180s and RS247s, the Golf is cer­tainly do­ing its job, and show­ing Ki­wis what is pos­si­ble with th­ese small hatch­backs.

ALEX MACASKILL’S SR-POW­ERED SR COUPE

What was once a bogged-up rust bucket has been painstak­ingly trans­formed into a cir­cuit-rac­ing show­piece by Blen­heim-based au­to­mo­tive re­fin­isher, Alex. The four-year project has seen a great level of de­tail put into all as­pects of the build, in­clud­ing a near-per­fect paint job that ex­tends to a full three-layer pearl-painted driv­e­line. The clas­sic racer runs an SR20DE+T, with an SR20 five-speed and three-linked Hilux rear end. It’s freshly com­pleted, and Alex plans to con­test the South Is­land en­durance se­ries and lo­cal hill climbs in the car.

DUSTIN NG’S 2JZ-GTE R34

Nis­san purists step away now, what we have here is the ul­ti­mate col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween some of the great­est per­for­mance cars to ever come out of Ja­pan, the GT-R, MKIV Toy­ota Supra, and Evo. With 441kW com­ing from a sin­gle-turbo 2JZ-GTE and Ge­trag six-speed com­bi­na­tion, Dustin’s four-door R34 is as prac­ti­cal as it is scary fast. With R35 GT-R brakes, 20x10.5-inch wheels, and an Evo VII in­te­rior, it’s a true melt­ing-pot col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween some of Ja­pan’s great­est per­for­mance cars, all put to­gether in true Kiwi form. It’s no show pony, ei­ther. This thing sees reg­u­lar street use as Dustin’s daily driver. How cool is that!

GRAEME SMYTH’S 1996 FD RX-7

Both a driver and a race-car builder, Graeme Smyth has con­structed his per­sonal FD RX-7 to be a front run­ner in the SS2000 class. The at­ten­tion to de­tail that went into the build is sec­ond to none, and it in­cludes plenty of in­no­va­tive parts that should en­sure it’s a cham­pi­onship con­tender. It’s pow­ered by what must be the most pow­er­ful 13B bridge-port in New Zealand, and backed by a sixspeed Mo­dena se­quen­tial, so there is no deny­ing this will be a fast ma­chine, es­pe­cially when you fac­tor in the aero and Graeme’s life­long experience be­hind the wheel.

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