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Marcus Lord`s 1978 Toyota Corolla Levin TE37 (Replica)

Marcus Lord`s 1978 Toyota Corolla Levin TE37 (Replica) As a holistic ‘car scene’, we’ve become so wrapped up in slapping labels on everything: it’s a sleeper; it’s a restomod; it’s stanced; and so on it goes. There’s a box to fit every taste, every style. There is one train of thought, however, that transcends any tag clipped onto a build in an attempt to explain it. Coolness. It’s inexplicable, totally subjective, and invites further scrutiny, with an endgame aimed at enriching one’s own automotive experience.More

Stuart Pankhurst 1976 XB Ford Falcon Hardtop

Stuart Pankhurst 1976 XB Ford Falcon Hardtop Like many car builds here, the first step was taken via a local online auction site. From what he saw, Stuart Pankhurst thought he’d found the perfect muscle car. The big Aussie coupe was just what he was looking for, from the ‘sawn-off’ front to the curved and voluptuous rear flanks, it ticked all the right boxes for the Christchurch local. A bid was made and soon after the ’76 XB Falcon Hardtop was his.More

1987 Ford Escort XR3i Sometimes dreams do come true

1987 Ford Escort XR3i Sometimes dreams do come true I only bought the car in February this year, but it is a car I have fond memories of when I was younger and poorer in the UK. Daily DriverThe XR3i was one of the cult hot hatchbacks, and the cabriolet version was the icing on the cake in those days. I could never have afforded it back then, so to own one now is really special to me. When I saw it in the show room of O’Reilly’s Cars in Lower Hutt, I couldn’t believe the condition it was in.More

Jaguar E-typeCouncil alerts make a salt-free diet easier 1962 Jaguar E-type 3.8 FHC

Council alerts make a salt-free diet easier 1962 Jaguar E-type 3.8 FHC Like a teenager, I’ve become addicted to my smartphone lately. Not for its ability to tempt with apparently bargain classics, period racing footage or interesting hypotheses on how the Covid-19 vaccines are part of a plot to control us, but for the email alerts I get from Central Bedfordshire Council. Each time the big yellow trucks are scheduled to season the local roads with rocksalt, I get a few hours’ warning.More

Steve Bartie`s 1994 Holden VR Commodore SS

Steve Bartie`s 1994 Holden VR Commodore SS It isn’t often we’ll feature a plastic-bumper ’90s taxi, so when we do you know it’s going to be something special. They’re not yet old enough for the nostalgia of being a classic, and not modern enough to be new and exciting. Everything is just a little too familiar, and in the world of modifying cars familiarity is boring. There are exceptions to the rule, of course, and here’s one.More

Deidre Mckinley`s 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback ‘Alenor’

Deidre Mckinley`s 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback ‘Alenor’ This profession — automotive media, that is — is always full of surprises. Sometimes they’re good surprises and other times, well, it can be a bit of a shitshow. You might get an assignment to shoot a car or event, then when you turn up, before you’ve even pulled out the camera gear, you realize that it’s going to be a complete bust.More

Matt Elliot`s 1979 Chevrolet C10

Matt Elliot`s 1979 Chevrolet C10 While you could call it a comeback, that would really be underselling the extent of the work that’s gone into Matt Elliott’s jaw-dropping ’79 C10 since it last graced these pages. Sure, it’s still the same vehicle that wowed people a decade ago, but in reality there’s very little left of it in the guise in which it graced the cover of NZV8 back in 2010. While Matt never intended the rebuild to take as long as it did, plenty of good has come of the situation.More

Greg Burrus' 1989 Japanese-spec Rover Mini

Greg Burrus' 1989 Japanese-spec Rover Mini The earliest I remember having an interest in cars was 1978. We were living just outside of Detroit, USA, as my father worked for General Motors. From my view in the back seat of my parents’ 1975 Chevrolet Vega wagon I saw all the shiny new vehicles driving around town. The 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car was my favourite to spot and it was those early years in Michigan that cemented my affinity with cars.More

Nigel Wakeford`s Modified 1980 Mini 1000

Nigel Wakeford`s Modified 1980 Mini 1000 Long-term Mini fan Shaun Stephenson bought a oneowner 1980 Mini in April 2014 as the basis of a modification project. The Pageant Blue Mini, which was originally destined for Ireland but instead went to the island of Jersey, returned to the British mainland in 1998. Incredibly, it was in very good condition. “I missed out on buying it on eBay and then saw it advertised in the local paper, which was a real bonus,” recalls Shaun.More

Ford Mustang Mk11964½ Ford Mustang Hardtop Mk1

1964½ Ford Mustang Hardtop Mk1 Idaho Red! This early 1965 Ford Mustang still looks to be wearing most of its original paint and proves the point: it’s only original once! We make no apologies for featuring plenty of cool Ford Mustangs in Classic American. After all, they remain one of the most iconic American cars ever made and probably the most common classic American car on our roads.More

James Griffiths` 1974 Mini 1275 GT

James Griffiths` 1974 Mini 1275 GT “My first car was a little Mini 1000, when I was 17,” explains James Griffiths, quite-rightly proud that he has owned Minis ever since. “The first one my brother bought for me just before I was going to university. I did the spanners on it and I’ve always had them since then. Initially a Mini was all I could afford to run and then I sort of fell in love with their clever design and ease of repair. Then I discovered you could make them go faster!More

Drag racing weekend: Mark Stewart`s 1975 Holden LH Torana

Drag racing weekend: Mark Stewart`s 1975 Holden LH Torana The one award all entrants seem to value above any other is the Spirit Of Drag Challenge, a nod to the person who went above and beyond during Australia’s hardest street-car test. For DCW this year, the winner was Mark Stewart, who did a Trimatic-to-Powerglide gearbox conversion for his LH Torana in the car park of his motel at the end of Day One, after the Traumatic had once again let him down. “It has had plenty of rebuilds, so that was it,” said Mark on Day Two.More

Drag racing weekend: Rob Huston 1973 Dodge D5N

Drag racing weekend: Rob Huston 1973 Dodge D5N Rob Huston’s gorgeous 1975 Dodge D5N pick-up is known as Jigsaw, and he has plenty to put back together after the beautiful, turbocharged 355ci Holden-powered commercial spectacularly ejected its trans in the top end of Willowbank on Day One. Rob and wife Kylie’s Drag Challenge Weekend experience had been a Barry Crocker from the start, with Rob cooking his tow car and losing his phone on the way down to the event from Townsville.More

Drag racing weekend: Mark Van Der Togt`s 1970 XW Ford Futura

Drag racing weekend: Mark Van Der Togt`s 1970 XW Ford Futura Runer-up Overall and in our Haltech Radial Blown class at Drag Challenge Weekend 2020 was Mark Van Der Togt in his 1970 XW Ford Futura, which he’s owned for 21 years. His twin-turbo Ford V8 incorporates Cleveland architecture built on a Dart block, but with Windsor heads. “People go the other way [Cleveland heads on a Windsor block], as there’s no doubt the Clevo heads are better, but the Windsor heads free up space for the two turbos,” Mark explained.More

Drag racing weekend: Mike Pullella 2003 Holden V2 Monaro CV8

Drag racing weekend: Mike Pullella 2003 Holden V2 Monaro CV8 One of only a few this-century Holdens at DCW this year was Mike Pullella’s Devil Yellow, LS1-powered V2 Monaro CV8. Many have proven how bright and happy these 5.7-litre V8s become when tickled with a series of simple, affordable grunt upgrades, and Mike’s example benefits from a later-model, larger-throat LS2 intake manifold and throttlebody, a decent exhaust system and a tune. Mike runs LS specialists KTMR in Townsville, so he tweaked the factory computer himself.More
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