NZ Performance Car - - Con­tents - Jaden Martin Email: jaden@per­for­mance­car.co.nz In­sta­gram: jaden_nzpc­magazine

How you can lose a year in the blink of an eye is be­yond me: it re­ally doesn’t feel like all that long ago that I was pack­ing my back­pack full of crap and hop­ping on a flight to Ti­maru for last year’s V 4&Ro­tary South Is­land Champs. It was only my sec­ond trip to that big mass of dirt some­where south of the main­land, and it was where I met more than a few folk that I now count as proper good friends and who I stay in reg­u­lar con­tact with to­day.

The event marks a pretty full-on week­end of work, and while I didn’t get to see much of the scenery last year, I was treated to the au­to­mo­tive un­der­belly that I was itch­ing to wit­ness.

This came via an Ash­bur­ton lo­cal that I linked up with then — shout out to Cal­lum and Co. He rang me early Fri­day and said that I had to free up any plans I’d had for Fri­day night. Quite fresh to Ti­maru, and not know­ing where the hell any­thing worth­while was, I took the of­fer, and we caught up to roll through town in my rental racer. I was ex­pect­ing to see a hand­ful of cars and spin some ca­sual yarns, as you’d do in Auck­land, so my mind was blown to find the streets lit­er­ally swarm­ing with peo­ple and cars. I’d even go as far to say that it topped any­thing I had seen back home. No mat­ter where you threw your gaze, there was some­thing note­wor­thy, ca­su­ally sit­ting there. And while a few more rowdy in­di­vid­u­als were look­ing to dis­rupt the night, a strong po­lice pres­ence made it­self known and kept things un­der con­trol, strik­ing a bal­ance be­tween the fac­tions.

That’s what I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing again — yes, the track day and show are the main­stays of the week­end over­all, but what I en­joy is get­ting back to the roots of what cars have al­ways been about: just hang­ing around, hav­ing a good time, and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the glo­ri­ous steel in front of you.

This mag will hit shelves a while be­fore Champs kicks off for 2017, but that just gives you fair no­tice that I’ll be down there again, look­ing out for all the south has to of­fer. If you spot me lurk­ing around, come up and say hi — I’m usu­ally good for a chat, un­less some­thing gnarly is al­ready hold­ing my at­ten­tion!

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