V 4&ROTARY JAMBO DOUBLES THE FUN
NZ Performance Car would not dare to miss the annual trip down to Feilding for the V 4&Rotary Nationals North Island Jamboree — I mean, how could we not check out the best of what the lower North Island has to offer? Needless to say, when the Ed said, “You’re going”, I hopped aboard a plane damn quick and got my arse straight to Manfeild first thing Saturday morning.
The weather wasn’t all that pretty, straight off the bat — which seemed to delay the arrival of a few competitors until later in the day and caused its fair share of offs out on the track; regardless, the circuit reeked of what I enjoy most about any event: good vibes.
The pits were swarming with all the familiar faces; many, many yarns were spun; and the cars on offer were hard-hitting. But what I really liked — as someone at their first Jambo — was the contrast between track and show cars, and the way that that line was blurred by those who had entered both categories with the one car. Perhaps that was the draw of this unique location — Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon — the combination of show hall and race track at one venue, and the fact that you can beat on your car all day then wipe it down, wash it off, and roll it into the hall for a second day of show displays.
In previous years, all this madness was crammed into one day, which I imagine would be pretty hectic, although now — with the current two-day format — everything rolls over smoothly, and the track almost never stops.
Day one was all about the track time, cruising with the bros, and doing a handful of hundies runs, before the usual ordeal of loading massive numbers of show-level cars into the hall that night. Day two saw the main show attraction, while those who hadn’t sneaked inside could still cut a few laps out on the track, which meant punters could rock around the displays then head back over to the circuit to watch a mix of drifting and time-attack runs.
You really had to be there to soak it all in, and I wholeheartedly recommend making the trip out next year. And for those of you who weren’t there, hopefully the following pages will be the next best thing. Catch you all in Feilding for 2018!
They’ve become well known for their show displays over the years, and this time the crew at Untamed Motorsport went with a Transformers theme to highlight that there is so much more to Untamed Motorsport than meets the eye. Each car had its own custom Transformer cutout, designed by talented artist Anaru Ihaka, and dead-centre was ‘Blitzkrieg’, a Transformer made up of all the cars on display