New Zealand's Quickest Streeters

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We've included a list of the country's quickest street cars in every issue of NZV8 and NZ Performance Car, and it's been great for keeping track of who's where, and what the current ‘benchmarks’ are, so to speak. Unfortunately, space constraints in the magazine mean we can't devote much space to the list — that's why we've uploaded it here, with an image and a brief description about each car. Take a look and find out more about some of New Zealand's toughest street cars. 

If you're on this list and would like your details updated, own an eligible car which isn't on here, or would like more information regarding our ‘Quickest Streeters’ list, please email 

*An eligible car must: Hold a current WoF, rego, and LVVTA certification (as raced, if required); drive down the return road under its own power; have raced within the last two years; run on a gasoline–based fuel; run a 9.99-second ET, or quicker; time must be run while car is in the possession of its current owner. 

Reece Fish: 7.42 at 193.96mph
1956 Chev Bel Air (540ci BBC, twin-turbo)

In New Zealand drag-racing circles, Reece Fish’s ’56 Bel Air is the stuff of legends — Reece frequently drives to Meremere Dragstrip, changes his tyre pressure and tune, runs sevens, then drives back home. A clean second ahead of the next-quickest street-legal car, his all-alloy twin-turbo 540ci big block still has a lot left in it. He hasn't stopped with the low ETs either, having just run a new PB of 7.42 seconds at 193.96mph at a Meremere Comp Meet in January 2017— mental!

Trim as raced: Pump gas, ET Streets

Kerry Stewart: 8.61 at 157.57mph
1923 Chrysler (540ci BBC, SC)

Kerry Stewart's main goal for his tough bucket was to run an eight-second pass — something it's proven capable of doing. Debuted at the recent IHRA South Island Champs, fresh from LVVTA certification and complete with a VTNZ WoF, Kerry smashed out an 8.95-second quarter-mile, which was quickly topped with an 8.78-second effort, then his 8.61. 
The best part is that the monster 540 is what Kerry calls the 'baby motor', with an even tougher combo being built to go in place. This bucket is going places... 

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Mike Black: 8.62 at 160.84mph
1973 Holden HQ ute (540ci BBC, twin SC)

The twin-supercharged HQ ute belonging to Mike Black is one of the New Zealand drag-racing scene’s most iconic vehicles — for sheer cartoonish exaggeration, it just can’t be beaten. Likewise on the track, where Mike has run an 8.71 at 158.01mph. And, in case you’re wondering, the truck is street-legal, with a current warrant and rego on the windscreen.

Trim as raced: C16, exhaust removed, full slicks

Gary Bogaart: 8.67 at 159.04mph
1975 Ford Falcon coupe (408ci SBF, nitrous)

Gary Bogaart’s bright orange Falcon coupe is known more for its outrageous wheelstands — which have seen the recent addition of wheelie bars — than his quarter mile times. That’s a bit of a shame, as his timeslips are every bit as impressive as his wheels-up antics. Eight-second passes on a small block with nitrous — not bad, right?

Trim as raced: C16, exhaust removed, ET Streets

Brendon Shearing: 8.76 at 158mph
1971 Holden Monaro HQ (536ci BBC, SC)

Brendon Shearing’s Monaro is one of the toughest street cars in the land. Period. The 509ci big block that pushed him to a 9.34 at 149.40mph has been sold to his brother, and managed an 8.76 at 158mph with a 14–71 supercharged 536ci big block.
That's all gone, now, replaced with a twin-turbo big block that we're expecting to run even quicker numbers very soon. 

Trim as raced: C16, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Kerry Stewart: 8.77 at 146.20mph
1923 Ford T-Bucket (540ci BBC, SC)

Kerry Stewart's main goal for his tough T-bucket was to run an eight-second pass — something it's proven capable of doing. Debuted at the recent IHRA South Island Champs, fresh from LVVTA certification and complete with a VTNZ WoF, Kerry smashed out an 8.95-second quarter-mile, which was quickly topped with an 8.78-second effort. 
The best part is that the monster 540 is what Kerry calls the 'baby motor', with an even tougher combo being built to go in place. This bucket is going places... 

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Barry Plumpton: 8.83 at 147mph
1974 Holden HQ (565ci BBC, nitrous, SC)

There’s no replacement for displacement. Throw a big supercharger into the mix, and top it off with a hefty shot of nitrous, and you must be onto a winner. That’s the logic taken by Barry Plumpton, and his evil HQ is the result. It might not currently be the quickest car on this list, but it’s probably the loudest.

Trim as raced: C16, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers 

Chris Green: 8.84 at 158.35
1984 Mazda 323 (13B, turbo)

The Green brothers and rotaries go hand-in-hand. With a big turbo and liberal quantities of E85, their crate-motor–powered 323 has been pushed to a crazy 8.84-second pass. It’s also one of the most street-driven cars on this list — though it’s been under the knife in the Green Brothers Racing workshop, expect it to return very soon. 

Trim as raced: Pump gas, full slicks

Aaron Thomas: 8.84 at 152mph
1954 Ford Popular (408ci SBC, twin-turbo)

Big motor, small car. That’s been a golden formula with some of the craziest drag racers for as long as the sport has been around. Aaron Thomas is right up there with the craziest of them — his tiny Ford Pop runs a twin-turbo small block, responsible for some pretty wild rides down the strip.

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Daniel Southall: 8.91 at 154.19mph
1969 Chev Camaro (406ci SBC, Procharger SC)

Dan Southall has two goals: to have the quickest small block–powered car in New Zealand, and the quickest streeter in the South Island. His nitrous–equipped small block is gone, to be replaced with a Procharged 406ci unit for that extra ‘oomph’ — with major help from Ben Morris — and a fabricated nine-inch diff with a set of mini-tubs have been grafted into the rear, to help put the power down better. Fresh from its massive overhaul, we’re keeping a close eye on this one, expecting to see big things very soon. The 8.91 is just the beginning! 

Trim as raced: C16, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Robert Liu: 8.92 at 152mph
1993 Toyota Supra (2JZ, turbo, nitrous)

The Toyota Supra campaigned by Rotorua’s Robert Liu does not look like something that runs eights on the regular, but Robert hopes it can become New Zealand’s quickest street legal import racer. That may just happen, thanks to a built 2JZ-GTE, equipped with a big Trust T78 turbo and intake plenum, as well as a NOS nitrous system, for a power output well into the 1000hp region. This is all controlled with a Link G4+ ECU and M&W CDI ignition system, with a carbon-dioxide boost-controller recently added, as well as a bump-box for even harder full-boost launches — Robert’s expecting the Supra to easily dip into the 8.7-second zone, something we’re keeping a close eye on. 

Trim as raced: C16, ET Streets

Dave Moyle: 9.01 at 156mph
1990 Ford Falcon XF (563ci BBF, nitrous)

Dave Moyle's Falcon ute has made quite a legend for itself, being the quickest street legal commercial vehicle in the country. If you question the drivability of a big 563ci big block Ford motor with nitrous on top, think again — Dave drives his ute to drag meets, towing a trailer loaded with the slicks and equipment he'll need to race. Impressive? Most definitely. Foolish? Not if you know how well Dave builds his engines. 

Trim as raced: C16, ET Streets

Steve Wall: 9.17 at 153.42mph
1966 Chev Chevelle (540ci BBC, Procharger SC)

Steve Wall's 1966 Chevelle is an un-tubbed streeter running easily into the nines. She's a big unit, too, but the Procharged 540ci big block Chev under the bonnet is clearly more than up to the task, with trap speeds easily exceeding 150mph. A number of rear-end tweaks, and the move from ET Streets to DOT Hoosiers have seen him begin to get on top of his traction problems, and eights are entirely likely. The number plate says it all, if you ever see him at the lights. 

Trim as raced: C12, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Azhar Bhamji: 9.21 at 150.30mph
1969 Mazda R100 (13B, turbo)

Well known as the man behind the huge 4&Rotary Promotions, it’s fitting that Azhar Bhamji has something serious to pedal down the drag strip. His love for old-school Mazdas made the cool, and rare, 1969 Mazda R100 a no-brainer. A fresh 13B rotary, built by the legendary PAC Performance and tuned by Dyson Brothers Racing, has seen Mr. Bhamji drop his PB to an astonishing 9.34 at 148.33, with a crazy 1.24-second 60-foot time. When he makes the move to an HGT sequential transmission, we're expecting his ETs to tumble even further. 

Trim as raced: Pump gas, exhaust removed, ET Streets

Mike Carlton: 9.57 at 144.24mph
1973 Chev Corvette (540ci BBC, SC)

Mike Carlton’s wild, tubbed and blown ’73 Corvette is a very recent addition to this list, as it only very recently became street legal, and only very recently ran its first nine-second pass. While Mike ran 10s in the Corvette last season, before getting the Corvette road legal, a late 2015 pass at Meremere Dragway saw him blast his way deep into the nines, running a 9.57 at 144.24mph. The tuning side of things is still being sorted, so you can expect more from this crazy Corvette. 

Trim as raced: Avgas, ET Streets

Shane Ryland: 9.24 at 148.22mph
1980 Holden Torana (LS2, turbo)

Shane Ryland’s little green Torana rattled off consistent 10-second passes with a naturally aspirated LS2, so it’s little surprise that it’s dipped easily into the nines with the addition of a large turbo. This was all done on just 7psi of boost, making 670hp at the rear wheels, and the engine’s been built to take a whole lot more. Keep an eye on Shane’s Torana, because we’ll be seeing some even quicker passes from him pretty soon. 

Trim as raced: Pump gas, exhaust removed, full slicks

Mike Bari: 9.26 at 148.92mph
1971 Chev Chevelle (598ci BBC, nitrous)

Mike Bari's gorgeous Chevelle dropped jaws when we featured it on the cover of NZV8 Issue No. 123. With a 598 cubic inch big block under the hood along with the addition of both plate and port nitrous systems, the car had plenty of potential. Since then, Mike's raced the car using just the plate setup and it's lived up to all expectations. What will happen when the second nitrous system is used? We can't wait to find out.

Trim as raced: C16, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers


Aaron Jackson: 9.42 at 145.46mph
1974 Holden Torana (496ci BBC, nitrous)

There are some tough cars in Wanganui, and Aaron Jackson’s ‘COP B8’ certainly fits the bill. The Torana is dwarfed by its 496ci engine, which is dwarfed by the bonnet scoop above it. It’s run a 9.99 naturally aspirated, but with the addition of an 180hp nitrous shot, Aaron's made what must surely be the biggest jump this list has seen — from last to 12th quickest! With Aaron having made noises about seeing what a 250hp shot will do, we're more than excited to see what this little car can do. 

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Rhys O’Mahony: 9.56 at 137.21mph
1923 Ford T-bucket (383ci SBC, NA)

A wild small block in a little T-bucket is bound to generate some action, and Rhys O’Mahony is a prime example of this. His car loves to put the wheels up, get sideways — basically, everything but go in a straight line! That’s not a worry for him, though, and he’s pedalled it to a 9.58 at 137mph — not bad going for a naturally aspirated small block. 

Trim as raced: Pump gas, exhaust removed, ET Streets

Darren Riches: 9.66 at 133mph
1954 Ford Popular (540ci BBC, NA)

Where Aaron Thomas used forced induction to his advantage, Darren Riches has gone down the cubes route. His Ford Pop is filled with an engine as big as the car — a 540ci big block Chev. The huge torque puts the nose in the air with ease, and has also propelled Darren across the traps in 9.66-seconds at 133mph. 

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, ET Streets

Rob McBride: 9.67 at 139.30mph
1973 Plymouth Cuda (604ci Hemi, NA)

Rob McBride’s Cuda — previously owned and built by Wayne Grimmer of Western Auto Electrical — is a seriously cool car. The arrow-straight body looks a million bucks, and the huge Mickey Thompsons under the full-size rear tubs help the 604ci Ray Barton Hemi put its bountiful power supply to the track. Despite being almost too nice to race, Rob does so anyway, and the world is so much the better for it!

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, ET Streets

Mike Black: 9.69 at 144.01mph
1993 Holden Commodore VR (355ci Holden, Vortech SC)

Better known for his outrageous twin-supercharged ‘BIGTRQ’ Holden HQ ute, Mike Black’s got another crazy beast in his garage — a Holden Commodore. The standard Holden 304 has been stroked to 355ci, and with the addition of a big Vortech centrifugal supercharger, not only runs easy nines, but will also complete supermarket duty with ease. 

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, full slicks

Ross Whelan: 9.70 at 134.70mph
1934 Ford Model Y (427ci SBC, NA)

Ross Whelan little '34 Model Y perfectly sums up oldest, and most-loved trick in the hot-rodding book — the best way to go fast is to stuff a lot of motor into not a lot of car. With a huge 427ci small block in his tiny Model Y, Ross has certainly made the best of that formula, and having run a PB of 9.70 seconds at 134.70mph, we'd say it's worked very well indeed!

Trim as raced: C14, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Tony Gera: 9.73 at 143.4mph
1970 Ford Mustang (480ci BBF, nitrous)

Tony Gera likes to go fast. But, he needs to be able to enjoy his fast cars on the street. If it can’t drive like a half-decent machine on the road, he’s not interested. That’s what makes his 1969 Mustang so impressive. The huge 480ci big block makes around 700hp, runs easy nines, and the car is still civilized enough to perform street duty with zero hassles. 

Trim as raced: Pump gas, exhaust removed, ET Streets

Justin Weir: 9.74 at 143.41mph
1971 Chev Camaro (540ci BBC, nitrous)

Justin Weir hasn’t owned his ’71 Camaro for all that long, but he’s wasted no time in smashing an ET well into the nine-second zone. Originally owned by Bruce Cox, who ran the nitrous-assisted 540ci big block to a PB of 9.29 seconds at 149.35mph, it shouldn’t take long for Justin — who is no stranger to the drag strip — to follow suit with a low nine-second pass. His 9.74 at 143.41, with a casual single stage of nitrous, should be a clear indicator of that. 

Trim as raced: Pump gas, exhaust removed, ET Streets

Chris Daley: 9.80 at 141.43mph
1972 Holden Monaro HQ (540ci BBC, SC)

Te Anau resident, Chris Daley, is a real-deal petrolhead. You’d have to be, to haul your car all over the South Island to smash tyres and run down the quarter-mile. Chris recently installed a 10-71-blown 540ci big block Chev, finally managing to get the big Monaro into the nine-second zone — seriously impressive, given the HQ’s stock body. She isn’t even mini-tubbed! There might be a bit left in it, too, and Chris is the right guy to try and squeeze every last bit of performance out. 

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Matt Avery: 9.81 at 142.87mph
1974 Mazda RX3 (13B, turbo)

Matt Avery’s brutal RX-3 is far more than meets the eye. Despite its stock looks it packs a 13B turbo under the hood, which drinks a diet of E85. The car puts down the power through 26x8.5-inch ET Streets, and despite the leaf sprung rear, it still hooks up hard enough to run 9.81 at 142mph!  

Trim as raced: Pump gas, ET Streets

Warren Black: 9.81 at 137.95mph
1972 Holden Monaro HQ (555ci BBC, SC)

If you saw Warren’s Monaro at a show, you’d probably be very surprised — or even disbelieving — to hear that Warren drag races it, and drives it on the street. But he does, and with a supercharged 555ci big block Chev and monstrous rear tubs, it’s got no problems there. A 9.81 is not bad, considering the all-steel car weighs in at 1850kg, and has also been built for show, street, and strip duty, with minimal compromises. 

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

Glenn Brewer: 9.81 at 128.04mph
1972 Holden HQ ute (621ci BBC, NA)

Glenn Brewer’s name may not be at the top of this list, but he still wins at something — with a huge 621ci big block Chev under the bonnet, ‘ROTTI’ has got the biggest engine here. The HQ ute is super-tough, but, as you can imagine, struggles to put all the power down with lots of big block up front, but not a lot of weight out back. 

Trim as raced: Avgas, exhaust removed, ET Streets

Ian Mckay: 9.82 at 143.57
1992 Mazda Familia GTX (4G63, turbo)

Ian Mckay's beautiful Familia, aka 'DSORDA', has twice been featured on the cover of NZ Performance Car, most recently in Issue No.  215. With a thoroughly built 4G63, large-frame BorgWarner S400SX turbo running 37psi of boost, and 118-octane race fuel, the little Familia has put 606kW down at the wheels. A full Mitsi Evo drivetrain and Ikeya Formula sequentially-shifted dog-box ensure every last bit of power makes it to the ground, and Ian's recently been rewarded with a staggering PB of 9.82 at 143.57mph, with a WoF and rego on the windscreen. Not only is this car one of New Zealand's best-built Familias, it's also among the coolest, and is now verified as one of the quickest too. 

Trim as raced: C16, Mickey Thompson slicks

Ben Moorcock: 9.85 at 145.91mph
1974 Mazda RX-3 (13B, turbo)

Love them or hate them, you can’t deny the sheer power rotary engines are capable of producing. Ben Moorcock’s little Mazda RX-3 runs a Cosmo 13B on E85, equipped with a huge Garrett GT42 turbo, and backed by a Tremec TKO600 five-speed manual. This has proven good for a 9.85 at 145.91mph. The RX-3 has also been finished beautifully — you’d hope so, given Ben’s history in the panel and paint industry — making it a real head turner whether it’s on the street or the strip.

Trim as raced: Pump gas, DOT Hoosiers

Tony Gera: 9.85 at 140mph
1971 Chevy Vega (400ci SBC, nitrous)

As you’ll understand from reading about his Ford Mustang a few spaces above, Tony Gera loves his fast cars, as long as he can enjoy them on the street. His Mustang has a stablemate, in the form of this little Chevy Vega, and with power provided by a nitrous-fed 400ci small block, it’s also running easy nines. Once some issues with the car bogging down at launch are remedied, this should see his ET fall, and the trap speed rise even more.

Trim as raced: Pump gas, DOT Hoosiers

Kathryn McDonald: 9.86 at 137.07mph
1969 Chrysler Valiant (572ci Hemi N/A)

The first female to join the ranks is Kathryn McDonald in her Chrysler Valiant sedan. With a 572ci Hemi up front, this car bears very little resemblance to it's former 6-cylinder self.
Although being on the list was a dream come for Kathryn, she's not sitting still, as her goal is to now become the quickest naturally aspirated street car. It's a big ask, but one that we certainly wouldn't rule out as she gains even more track time. 

Trim as raced: Pump gas, full slicks

Zac Wilkinson: 9.90 at 138.84mph
1987 Holden Calais VL (408ci LS, turbo, nitrous)

Remember 'BOSDOG', the incredible VL we featured on the cover of NZV8 Issue No. 122? With a turbocharged 408ci LS and goals of 1000hp, this car was built from the get-go to be a super tough streeter. When the car's owner, Shyam, was overseas at the SEMA show, his mate Zac took BOSDOG for a blat down the strip — 9.90 at 138.84mph was the result, despite the tune being on low boost, and the fact that the tough TH400 shit itself in the process. We're keeping a close eye on this one — not only is it one of our favourite NZV8 feature cars, it's got a lot more potential too. 

Trim as raced: Pump gas, full slicks

Ray Peterson: 9.94 at 137.27
1970 Ford Mustang (417ci Windsor, NA)

Ray Peterson drives his nine-second Mustang on the road, and therefore needed something with good road manners and a wicked quarter-mile demeanour. The 417ci Windsor fits the bill perfectly, and has been built as a high-revving screamer that's docile enough to trundle to the shops in. Interestingly, Ray has stuck with a manual gearbox — a tough G Force four-speed — rather than go the auto route. Despite consistency being key in the DYO classes, you just can't beat the engagement of a good manual box.

Trim as raced: Pump gas, ET Streets 

Matt Kriletich: 9.95 at 135.56mph
1973 Ford Falcon XA (410ci BBF, NA)

Matt Kriletich has been racing his neat XA coupe for a while, and while it’s always been a bloody fast streeter, it’s only recently broken into single-digit territory. The 410ci big block Ford motor was making enough power to cut consistent low 10s, but the addition of a vacuum pump has helped him run a PB of 9.98 at 135.36mph. The XA’s extreme consistency is great for bracket racing, though his ETs have slowly but surely fallen over the years, and we’re looking forward to seeing what else he can pull out of his Falcon. 

Trim as raced: C12, exhaust removed, ET Streets

Hayden Thorn: 9.97 at 140.48
1992 Nissan Skyline GT-R (RB26/30, turbo)

Hayden Thorn’s R32 GT-R has a decent drag-racing pedigree, which is one of the reasons he purchased the car. It was also certed for an RB30DET, so why not put one back into the rolling body? This was built using the RB30E block from a Commodore VL, an RB26DETT head from a GT-R, and a huge HKS T51R turbo. Hayden’s GT-R may be one of the most technologically advanced cars on this list, and with the big T51R hanging off the engine, it sounds damn good, too.

Trim as raced: Pump gas, ET Streets

Abdul Samad: 9.98 at 138mph
1992 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution I (4G63, turbo)

Having recently purchased the well-known wide-body Evo III drag car campaigned by Zoheb Razak back in the day, you'd be correct in thinking Abdul Samad is no stranger to the drag strip. But the all-out drag car in the garage hasn't deterred Abdul from taking his street-driven Evo I down the strip — 'MR GSR' is a common sight at Meremere Dragway, and with his PB of 9.98 at 138mph, he's always among the quickest cars there.  

Trim as raced: E85, DOT Hoosiers

Ian Rainbow: 9.98 at 136.97
1950 Chev Business Coupe (572ci BBC, nitrous)

When was the last time you saw a tubbed 1950 Chev in New Zealand? There aren’t many, and that’s what makes Ian Rainbow’s so cool. Not only is it different, it’s been built and finished to an incredible standard. As well as cutting a rapid quarter-mile, this car can be driven on the road, and that’s exactly what Ian does — included in that are a few road trips with his wife around the South Island.

Trim as raced: C16, exhaust removed, DOT Hoosiers

With the sheer number of photos we have archived, it can be a bit of a task to keep on top of who shot what. Photo credit for the above must be given to: Adam Croy, John Faulkner, Aaron Mai, Rod Dunn, Lance Farrow, Richard Lay, and Mikey Mayers