NZ Performance Car - - Contents - WORDS: JADEN MAR­TIN PHO­TOS: ADAM CROY

From hum­ble be­gin­nings, the V 4&Ro­tary Na­tion­als has now spanned two decades, with this year’s event tak­ing a dif­fer­ent path. One thing re­mains con­stant, though: the an­nual V 4&Ro­tary Na­tion­als is still the big­gest date on the cal­en­dar.

As is the tra­di­tion, the un­of­fi­cial day one of the three-day ben­der kicked off on Fri­day for those plac­ing their cre­ations on dis­play. For any­one in­ter­ested in the scene, this is one ex­pe­ri­ence you can’t miss — we strongly suggest hop­ping in the pas­sen­ger seat of a mate’s car to take in all the glory of rolling through those doors and be­ing greeted by the sen­sory over­load caused by the ex­haust fumes and noise of 300-plus cars pil­ing into one mas­sive echo zone — not to men­tion get­ting that first glimpse of all the pure awe­some­ness up close; it’s truly sec­ond to none.

Hands down, the best part of Na­tion­als for a wide-eyed punter is bust­ing through those doors the sec­ond they open on Satur­day and rush­ing into the main halls to see what au­to­mo­tive porno is on of­fer, then spend­ing the sub­se­quent hours drool­ing over the mam­moth num­ber of cars there for your en­joy­ment. This year’s se­lec­tion saw the likes of Rocket Bunny–clad pieces of art, ev­ery gen­er­a­tion of Evo your heart

could de­sire, mas­sive rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the Euro scene, one of the big­gest ro­tary pres­ences in the coun­try as part of a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the RE­u­nion team, Kanjo Hon­das, mini trucks, drift cars, drag weapons, low-rid­ers, record-break­ers, and even a gen­uine All Ja­pan Grand Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship (JGTC) RX-7 in full race trim. You name it, it was there.

Un­like the past two decades, the show was not fol­lowed by an al­most re­li­gious jour­ney to the Mere­mere Drag­way — this time, we ended up on the sunny banks of Pukekohe Park Race­way for a Chrome-style track day. The new for­mat went off without a hitch, and those who had filled the halls the day be­fore were able to call out and line up who­ever they pleased down the back straight. There’s not a lot bet­ter than a few cheeky pulls on the front straight when you’re five-up and watch­ing the crowd in the stands cheer­ing you on. This was the ad­di­tion that some had been call­ing for, and the event was all the bet­ter for it.

Now that we’ve fi­nally been able to wash the smell of wax and E85 out of our clothes, and kick the high caf­feine con­sump­tion re­quired for por­ing over that many cars, it’s in­sane to sit back and think that an­other V 4&Ro­tary Na­tion­als has come and gone al­ready. Thank you to all those who swung by the NZ Per­for­mance Car stand for a yarn, as there re­ally is noth­ing more sat­is­fy­ing than meet­ing the peo­ple who ea­gerly buy the mag­a­zine each month. We hope to see you all out in April for the drag strip throw­down, too.

In the mean­time, here’s a few of our stand­out cars from the week­end that was.

There’s some­thing to be said for a Volvo brick that lays frame on air, paired with a style-cor­rect set of wheels — which is why this par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple claimed the Best Stance award

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