THE BATTLE RAGES ON
2018 STREET FIGHTERS
There was once a time, not all that long ago, when, if you found yourself starred up in a triple-diamond neighbourhood, or vice versa, shit was about to go down heavy. This intense rivalry between Subaru and Mitsubishi owners raged almost at a gang-war level. Although, instead of rumbles at the skate park and being jumped for your shoes, in the depths of the night, those on either side of the fence put in serious work repping their brand to prove that they are the undisputed hardest, fastest, and most raw on the streets of Aotearoa.
Such displays of prowess and aggression may be a little more underground than they once were, but, thanks to business partners Guy and Tony of Choice Events, last year saw a new event printed on the calendar that promised to help end the debate once and for all — a proving ground, if you will. The
aim was to settle the age-old debate between Mitsubishi and Subaru owners the country over: which faction truly is the best?
Proving to be a smash hit, there was just too much beef to sort out in one hit, so there was a need for it to happen again in 2018. But, once again, crowning a king would take more than just a hectic blast through the back streets of downtown, and the team re-enlisted Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo as the venue to host the multidiscipline competition — drag racing, helis, track work, cruising, and a good old show and shine. Whichever brand could take out the most top spots would become the undeniable heir to the throne and claim ultimate bragging rights. Well, until the following year’s event, anyway.
Some 97 cars descended on the North Island’s most central district to represent their respective brand, with a near-on perfect split for each faction, but if you thought that the tension may have died down after last year, you were wrong — there was blood in the water and everybody was hungry!
if you thought that the tension may have died down after last year, you were wrong — there was blood in the water and everybody was hungry!
Standouts included Michael Kim’s tough-as-nails 4G63powered Libero (featured back in NZ Performance Car Issue No. 253), which was transformed into an early 2000s-spec show car, complete with mirror tints and chromies. Guy told us that Michael threw down all day and took home the award for Best Wagon, Best Engine Bay, Runner Up in the heli comp, and a Promoter’s Choice award, which secured him a swag of prizes, including a fresh Link ECU.
The Kaspa Transmissions Drag Strip got a hiding, too. Unfortunately for last year’s Street Master and Drag Race winner Ben Cole in the ‘UP2NGD’ Evo II, a breakage would see him out after only one hit, leaving things up in the air for anyone else to grab. It would come down to UMF member Nigel Nunn in his Evo III — battling through a blown head gasket and requiring a tow back to the start line after each race — and Haroon Khan’s mighty ‘LOLSTI’ Mirage, with the little hatchback taking full honours.
Despite taking home Top Mitsubishi in the Show and Shine, Kosta Paea’s ‘2MAORI’ rear-wheel-driveconverted Evo VI is far from a car-park queen, hitting the drags, track, and even heli pad for a solid smoke show
Michael Kim’s 4G63-powered Libero was dressed up just for the event, but from its appearance, most would think that they had stepped back into the early 2000s, with it rocking mirror tints and chromies
This matching pair of V8 WRXs channelled their inner Petter Solberg with 2005 Rally New Zealand liveries and matching ‘WRC 05’ and ‘05 WRC’ plates
You already know that helis are rough on the gear, but chuck someone like Tony Kay behind the wheel and you’ll learn real quick what rough is when chasing that top spot — wall tags and all!