Land Rovers’ New Defender – Right Truck! Right Place!

When you get behind the wheel of something worth just over $125k, you would be expecting something a bit special, well most of us would! We certainly were, after all this is the car that won the Top Gear “Car of the Year” competition, as well as their “Unstoppable Force” 4WD Award, and...


Mazda CX-5 Takami is Worth Getting to Know

It’s not new, but it’s a bit understated and flies under the radar, so when you add the trim designation ‘Takami’ after CX-5, you lose most people right there. Which is a bit of a shame really, because when Mazda dropped the Turbocharged 2.5 litre SkyactivT motor into the CX-5, they...


Tough Times Test Trialists at Tirau

Even before the start of the Battery Town sponsored first round of the 2020/21 NZ Trials Series, everyone was picking that last year’s champions were going to have a battle on their hands, defending their title against one of the most competitive fields in years. But Waikato’s Greg...


Team ‘Manic Cow’ Win 2020’s ‘Battle of the Palace’

Like most forms of Motorsport around the world, the New Zealand Winch Challenge scene has suffered badly through the Covid pandemic, with the South Island Series cancelled, and most North Island events postponed or cancelled. One venue to buck the trend was the Far North’s Possum Palace...


Hall and McCall: “Bringing racing to the people”

WORDS AND IMAGES BY MARK BAKER: VERITAS COMMUNICATIONS  A 13 year epic tale of passion, dedication and perseverance will be completed at the end of 2020 when Auckland’s newest race circuit is opened. Runciman’s Kevin Hall and Manukau racer Tony McCall – both offroad racing national...




Throw Back Thursday – 2013 Top of the South Winch Challenge

Bogs, Boulders and Boys at the Top of the South Challenge! WORDS AND PICS BY LUCY JACKSON  Broken drive shafts were the order of the day at the first round of the 2013 Mainland Winch Challenge Series. The event was held at Mt Riley Farm over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, and saw trucks from...


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