NZV8 144, May 2017

Well, how’s this for a feature car line-up?

  • No one could miss the retinal knockout punch that is Aaron Jenkins’ ’77 Holden Torana — a twin-turbo street weapon built almost entirely by himself in his Waikato shed, with a goal of running an eight-second quarter-mile.
  • In stark contrast is June Shipman’s stellar ’56 Chev Cameo. Rebuilt so she would actually enjoy driving it, the Cameo’s dapper presentation belies its Art Morrison chassis and supercharged small block grunt.
  • If traditional’s more your cup of tea, you’ll love the AC Cobra hand-beaten from flat sheets of aluminium by Simon Tippins at Creative Metalworks. A masterpiece of construction, and sitting on a chassis as close to genuine as they get, this will get any real petrolhead drooling.
  • For the slightly more twisted readers, we’ve got a real doozy in the form of Mark Holdaway’s ’47 Willys wagon. While first appearances may have you wondering whether it’s in the correct magazine, the gas-huffing Flathead V8 and understated nature of the build leave no question as to its credentials.
  • Carrying on in that left-of-centre theme, we have David Wood’s tough little Dodge Aspen circuit racer. Built to compete in the Historic Muscle Cars series, neither quality or style are lacking, but the best part has got to be the number of people who can’t quite figure out what they’re looking at!
  • For events, we’ve got a whole lotta fun from Repco Beach Hop 17 — in lieu of our NZV8 Beach Hop Annual 2017 coming out mid May — as well as drag action from the IHRA Nationals 2017, automotive iron-pumping at the American Muscle Car Club show, and the fast and furious scenes from the Enzed Central Muscle Cars’ sixth round at Hampton Downs. Of course, there’s a whole lot more on top of this, but you’ll need to grab yourself a copy to check it out.

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