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Only two is­sues ago — in NZPC Is­sue No. 264 — we spun the yarn of lo­cal drag racer Sam Khamis and the for­mer Zoom mag­a­zine RX-3 that he ac­quired from across the ditch. Hav­ing al­ready run eight-sec­ond passes in his pre­vi­ous 323 hatch, and want­ing to break into the sev­ens, Sam and crew chief / tuner Mazin, of M&M Rac­ing, knew that it was best to get their hands on a proven pack­age.

In that fea­ture, Mazin told us: “It will run the seven; it’s just a mat­ter of be­ing pa­tient and wait­ing for the track. I told Sam, ‘I’ll let you know when it’s there and you’d bet­ter tighten your seat belts, as it’s go­ing to fly’.”

Fly it has, be­com­ing the fastest small-tyre 13B in New Zealand, with a 7.97 at 149mph (240kph) at Mere­mere Drag­way dur­ing a re­cent test and tune event. The run came af­ter a string of loose runs that saw the cen­tre line turned into a mere sug­ges­tion, a test of Sam’s abil­ity to hold the car straight un­der the new power that Mazin had pumped into it.

Sam told us of the run: “It was a wild ride still back­ing off just be­fore the fin­ish line. Let’s push the lim­its and go for the na­tional small-tyre record!”

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