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

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