NZ Performance Car - - Contents - WORDS: NZPC PHO­TOS: MAX SPOONER

Of, late it seems that no one in the scene can catch a break when it comes to run­ning events, as, all too of­ten, we are be­ing greeted with a shit storm rolling in for the week­end. But this is New Zealand, and if you’re scared off by a lit­tle rain then per­haps a shift in cli­mate should be con­sid­ered. The boys and girls be­hind Street Meat Glory Daze weren’t go­ing to take it ly­ing down, with a last-minute for­mat change en­sur­ing that what has be­come one of the coun­try’s best skid par­ties would rage with the full force of the Christchurch car scene.

While the on-track shenani­gans went on more or less un­hin­dered, it was Sun­day’s Show N Pine that was quickly shifted to Satur­day to en­sure that Mike Pero Mo­tor­sport Park’s outer grounds would re­main filled with the lower is­land’s finest, and even the odd North Is­land GCs that made the trek south. While stand­ing around get­ting soaked is no one’s ideal, you have to make do. And the Car Limbo cer­tainly did not fail to bring some laughs.

Auck­land-based Fritz Lean­ing and his su­per-slammed quad-ro­tor FD from the cover of NZPC Is­sue No. 250 had made the road trip south along­side a good con­tin­gent of Yung City Boys (YCB) and Cir­cle Jerk Crew (CJC) guys. Fritz would take out the Non-Con­vert­ible class, while the Con­vert­ible class was won by a slant-roofed MX-5 that had a roof height barely a half me­tre off the tar­mac, uti­liz­ing a good ex­tra 10 bod­ies to take the low­est spot.

But on track was where the real ac­tion was be­ing thrown down, the Street Meat team opt­ing for a new for­mat on Satur­day de­signed to push driv­ers’ skill lev­els, with the day ded­i­cated to run­ning drift trains only. No pas­sen­gers, no show boat­ing, and no bull­shit, it was all about door bang­ing while your own door was be­ing banged on. Driv­ers were sent out in groups of 15, and, as the track dried to­wards the af­ter­noon, they be­gan push­ing harder and harder, de­liv­er­ing plenty of awe­some! The risky for­mat change proved to be a hit with driv­ers and spec­ta­tors alike.

“Lots of driv­ers talk a big game about bang­ing doors with their mates, then, come the event, they get side­tracked taking rides, and show­ing off to girls. This way, they had no choice,” ex­plained or­ga­nizer Jonny Martin.

Stand­outs on Satur­day in­cluded the train mae­stro Mark O’Hara, who was back in the seat of his 180SX af­ter a two-year hia­tus — not that it showed, as he led plenty of trains, slow­ing things up when needed to keep driv­ers tight. Team Gusto and Team 732 also put on a great show of wheel­man­ship.

While the North Is­land is cur­rently caught up in Naka­mura hype, the boys from the South Is­land are clearly about that low life

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