BURG­ERS AND BACKFIRES

FOUR CITIES, ONE NIGHT — ALL FOR THE LOVE OF ROTARIES

NZ Performance Car - - Contents - WORDS: MAR­CUS GIB­SON PHOTOS: JAMIE WALDEN, DANNY WOOD, MIKE KA­VANAUGH, WIL­LIAM MCPART­LAND

The car com­mu­nity are a pretty self-re­liant bunch re­ally; we don’t need fancy, pur­pose-built fa­cil­i­ties or any­thing like that. Give us an empty cor­ner of a car park, a few mod­i­fied cars, and some like-minded in­di­vid­u­als, and you’ll have your­self a damn good time that can drag on into the wee-smalls with peo­ple shoot­ing the shit! At the risk of sound­ing like some geri­atric bang­ing on about how good we use to have it, if you wind the clock back a few years, the ro­tary scene all over New Zealand would have reg­u­lar meets like these al­most weekly in some in­stances. But, be it due to a crack­down from Johnny Law, own­ers get­ting older and life get­ting busy, or the even the price of petrol, they have been in heavy de­cline.

Jamie Walden, who runs the Kiwi Rotor Face­book page de­cided it was time to do some­thing about it in an at­tempt to get things back to how they used to be in ‘the good old days’. In­stead of start­ing small and or­ga­niz­ing just one meet to kick things off, he brewed up four meets — one each in Welling­ton, Auck­land, Hamil­ton, and Tau­ranga — all on the same night.

“I think the rotor scene here is far too over­looked,” he said. “The only time you nor­mally see ro­tors now is at events. Our page, Kiwi Rotor, is ded­i­cated to show­cas­ing Kiwi ro­tors only. And I’m hop­ing when sum­mer hits to ar­range a few cruises around the coun­try. Like the old Rotor Cor­ner Mis­sion Bay ones, etc.”

Satur­day, 21 July was the date set. Now, get­ting peo­ple off the couch and out into the cold dur­ing the dead of win­ter is no easy feat, but, by work­ing with the lo­cal Burg­erFuel branches and of­fer­ing up some free fries, there was no short­age of brap boxes dragged out of their sheds, even in Tau­ranga and Welling­ton, where it de­cided to rain. We’d be in­clined to call the first round of events a great suc­cess, and, with such great sup­port from the out­set and plans to run these ev­ery three months, we’re sure they are only go­ing to get big­ger, es­pe­cially once the weather starts to sort it­self out.

So, if you have a rotor that’s been gather­ing dust in the shed, why not get it out next time and go spin a yarn our two in a carpark near you? Or per­haps Jamie needs to spread the net even fur­ther and or­ga­nize one at your lo­cal — if so, hit him up on Face­book.

Jamie’s own hatch [NSECUR] has changed a fair bit since our 2015 shoot, it now sits on Work CR01s

Dave Mata­here’s FC is one car we re­ally need to do a fea­ture on in the fu­ture

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