Now that the 2016 V 4&Rotary South Island Champs entries are open for the December 10–11 event, we thought we’d take a look at last year’s standouts

The 2015 winner of Best RX-3, and Best Original Interior, Leigh Church’s Mazda RX-3 had a constant stream of admirers. The body received a full bare-metal resto, before a respray in factory brown.

“The body was in a terrible state, but the interior wasn’t too bad. I actually ended up going to Australia and wrecking and cutting up another RX-3 to source the much-needed parts required for my one,” Leigh told us.

We’re also told that this example in this trim is as original, and one of only eight in New Zealand, which makes it rather rare.

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René Vermeer

Dutch, French, or just a Kiwi, René isn’t quite sure, but he does know he has a passion for Japanese vehicles like no other. A well-seasoned Gran Turismo player dating back to his single-digit days, René has a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of performance vehicles and has owned more than 30 performance cars here in New Zealand, ranging from Nissans to Hondas. A lover of photography, you’ll find him either peeping under someone’s bonnet to snap a detailed shot, or on the side of the racetrack, perfecting his panning.