NZ Performance Car : Hey, Rory. Your Cefiro caught our eye at Chrome, and we couldn’t not follow it up. Can you tell us how you came to own it? Rory: Hi, guys. I was working as a road surveyor — you know those strips you run over on the road and it goes ‘ga-doonk, ga-doonk’. Yeah, I was installing those; anyway, I was working out in east Auckland and spotted this Cef sitting in a driveway. It looked like it had been there for a while, so I went up and knocked on the door to see who owned it. An older fella had been driving it around and wanted to upgrade to something more modern, so I went back the next day with my old man and bought it. Is it your first Cefiro? [Laughs] It’s actually my first car, and I can’t see myself ever selling it now. So, you could say you have built a bit of an attachment while modifying it? Yeah, for sure. It was a factory RB20E auto with absolutely nothing done to it when I got it. I’ve swapped the running gear out for a RB25DET out of a Stagea that had only done 19,000 clicks, and chucked a RB20DET manual behind — it’s a simple package. What was the aim throughout the build? It’s been about five years now since I got it, and the aim was always to build a car that I was proud of and able to take out for a solid cruise in the weekend. At first that meant manual converting the 20E, which turned into the engine swap, buying the Meisters, and slamming it out, etc. And does it ever see track work? I’ve taken it to Chrome a couple of times, but it really is only for cruising. Lastly, what’s on the cards for the future? There’s a few odds and ends I still want to do to it, but the main one is a new motor that is currently in the works. We look forward to seeing it with the new heart soon! Thanks, Rory.
NAME: RORY CHIARI AGE: 23 LOCATION: AUCKLAND OCCUPATION: “ANYONE HIRING?”