CRUISE MODE

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NZ Per­for­mance Car : Hey, Alex, sweet Crown. What was your first car?

Alex: It was a Honda Civic with the mighty VTEC-E! Rub­bish power, but very eco­nom­i­cal, so it was per­fect for a stu­dent at the time.

And how did you end up own­ing the Crown?

I im­ported it through my com­pany, Moon­light Rac­ing, and wanted to learn how to ad­just and use the fac­tory air sus­pen­sion. It was a hard de­ci­sion be­tween this shape and the UCF31 Cel­sior, as they’re both pretty sim­i­lar un­der­neath. It just so hap­pened that the auc­tion I won on the day was the Ma­jesta.

Both great choices. How did you go mod­if­ing the air ride?

It was easy, I in­stalled a Data Sys­tems height con­troller, which in­tr­ercepts the sig­nal be­tween the fac­tory air ECU and the height sen­sors, it al­lows me to ad­just the height via the hand con­troller.

You’ve also be­come known lo­cally as a pur­veyor of the VIP style; what is it about VIP cars that you like most?

I just love the pres­ence the cars have when rolling into a car park or just cruis­ing down the street. All sorts of peo­ple check the car out, and I’ve had many com­pli­ments from those you wouldn’t nor­mally ex­pect to re­ceive them from for this sort of thing.

And where do you draw most of your in­spi­ra­tion from?

It has to be Ja­pan, as nowhere else re­ally mod­i­fies them like the Ja­panese do. It’s not too dif­fi­cult to make VIP cars look good, though — just keep it clean and sim­ple.

While it’s the def­i­ni­tion of a cruiser, what’s it like as a daily-driver?

It makes an awe­some daily-driver, hav­ing all the lux­u­ries you can ex­pect, and, with the air sus­pen­sion, the ride is very com­fort­able.

No doubt. Thanks for shar­ing her with us, Alex.

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