Seeing as the 2016 V 4&Rotary South Island Champs entries are now open, we thought we’d take a look back at last year’s standouts

It was the first time we got to lay eyes on the cover car of the September 2016 issue of NZ Performance Car (Issue No. 237); Alex MacAskill’s AVGAS-drinking 1977 Toyota Corolla SR coupe. At this stage it was three years into the build, and since then the car has changed a fair bit to what you will find in the September issue. 

We won't go into the story too much, you can get that in the mag, but a car painter by trade, Alex spent countless hours perfecting the panel work and custom orange paint. It's a far cry from the primed shell he began with. 

Alex managed to take out Best Piston Conversion and the Build Encouragement award at the 2015 event. We have been waiting since then for the circuit racer to be completed, which it now is. Grab a copy of the September 2016 issue of NZ Performance Car (Issue No. 237), to see the finished product. 

Marcus Gibson

Marcus Gibson has spent his life getting a little grease under his fingernails growing up with a fascination for all things loud, fast, and low. Growing up during the boom of the import scene, the last ten years have seen him work for a few publications, as well as running his own website before taking up a role at NZ Performance Car in 2011. Marcus is as at home with a keyboard or camera in-hand as he is getting dirty in his workshop or at the track, championing that Kiwi DIY attitude.