ONE STEP AHEAD

4&RO­TARY’S HEAD HON­CHO IS BACK WITH A QUAD-ROTOR RX-3

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AZHAR BHAMJI HAS BEEN PUSH­ING THE BOUND­ARIES WITH HIS PER­SONAL BUILDS FOR OVER TWO DECADES NOW AND, WITH THE RE­BIRTH OF HIS EX– COVER CAR RX-3, SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOW­ING. IF YOU THOUGHT IT WAS A SE­RI­OUS PIECE OF STREET MUS­CLE BACK THEN, WAIT TILL YOU SEE IT NOW!

Azhar Bhamji has be­come a house­hold name within the scene here in New Zealand. Pull out your phone and type ‘A’ into your con­tacts and we bet Az’s dig­its will pop up. This is be­cause he is one of the big­gest, if not the main, driv­ing force of our scene. He’s a man with a seem­ingly bound­less amount of en­ergy. In be­tween or­ga­niz­ing the big­gest events on our cal­en­dar, run­ning nu­mer­ous other busi­nesses, and rais­ing a fam­ily, he some­how still finds the time in the day to build cars, per­sonal or oth­er­wise — all of which seem to be ever-so-slightly ahead of the curve, from his show­dom­i­nat­ing S14 ‘NFULFX’ in the early 2000s to his nine-se­cond street-driven R100 ‘HUKUUP’ and this 20B RX-3 that it shared the cover of NZPC Is­sue No. 196 with.

That was six years ago now, and al­though it might still be dressed in his sig­na­ture blue, there has been a flurry of ac­tiv­ity over the past 12 months by a hand­ful of key work­shops — Dy­namic Au­to­mo­tive, RSL Au­to­mo­tive Per­for­mance, and Chop­pers Au­to­body Shop — tak­ing the RX-3 to the next level. This was all done un­der a shroud of se­crecy, which, in this day and age, is some­thing not all that easy to pull off. For Az, who’s had a long string of ro­tary builds stretch­ing right back to his 13B-pow­ered Mor­ris Mi­nor built at the back of his fam­ily’s dairy in Te Atatu, that next step from a 20B pe­riph­eral-port (PP) was, of course, the ad­di­tion of a fourth rotor! In­spired by the likes of ‘Mad Mike’ Whid­dett’s ‘MADBUL’ FD, it was never a mat­ter of whether it would hap­pen but, rather, when and in what car. As it turns out, the right chas­sis was right there in front of him: his 20B PP coupe, a car he’s been mess­ing with for 13 years now. Once he made his mind up, it was just a mat­ter of gather­ing to­gether the swag of parts re­quired to pull it off.

The ex­te­rior re­mains much as it was in our first fea­ture, in­clud­ing its cus­tom blue hue and drag wing. But there are plans afoot to change things up with new wheels and a new liv­ery in the very near fu­ture

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