After a winter of hibernation, we are back for a humungous summer of events. The 2014/15 season was such a rad time, met so many new people, developed many new networks, forged some new friendships and basically spent our entire summer around your amazing rides.
Over the winter we got the chance to recharge the batteries, empty the SD cards and assess the past year. It was ideal as it gave us time to review what we had created, how we can step that up going forward and what can be done differently. It’s been three years since we first started on this journey, we now look forward to taking automotive media in slightly new direction for the next 24 months.
One of the main differences you will see going forward is a much more personal angle on our footage. We really want to emphasise the human factor, hoping to capture content and experiences that you can relate to.
We want to take this time to thank everyone that has supported Speedmagnet, whether from day one or even if this is the first time you are visiting the site. Thank you, and hopefully we will see you again soon. Would also like to thank our amazing sponsors past and present: NAC insurance, Nankang Tyres and Work Wheels without your backing we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We also have a few big announcements to make regarding some new partners for 2016/17 but that will require it’s own post.
Would also like to thank our amazing team (we will introduce the new line-up soon), these guys do the hard yards behind the scene to make sure we have top notch content for your viewing pleasure.
For the next year we will be travelling flat out around the country, even overseas for a couple of big events. Here are some of the places that we will be at over the summer:
We will be at all the D1NZ Rounds this year
Feilding: Manfeild Raceway
November 27th & 28th 2015
Tauranga: ASB Baypark [Night] January 8th & 9th 2016
Taupo: Taupo Motorsport Park
January 29th, 30th & 31st 2016
Waikato: Hampton Downs Motorsport Park
Febuary 27th & 28th 2016
Christchurch: Mike Pero Motorsport Park
March 26th & 27th 2016 (Easter Holiday
Auckland: Pukekohe Park Raceway
April 22nd, 23rd & 24th 2016 (ANZAC)
For ticketing information check out www.D1NZ.com
We will also be at all the 4 & Rotary events for the year, starting with the 20th Anniversary nationals!
Other 4 & Rotary events we will be at:
North Island Jamboree – Manfeild: 6th March 2016
South Island Champs – Location TBA: Early November
For more information and where to get early bird entry check out www.4andRotary.co.nz
2015/16 also sees an expansion of the HardParks, with a Palmy and Taupo event added. The Palmy event has been organised to run in conjunction with the first round of D1NZ.
Followed by NZ’s premier HardPark and the spiritual home of this style of event, HardPark Welly in early feb:
And the newest addition to be run alongside Battlemania is HardPark Taupo:
On the subject of Battlemania this year it evolves into its own standalone event, and happens to be the day after the ReUnion the rotary only track event. A massive weekend for the lake city, so book your accom nice and early for this before the ‘drift tax’ starts getting added on.
We are also having withdrawals from the Jet Sprinting too, and are super amped for another action packed spectacular season at the edge of the water, watching these mad men and women hurling themselves with total disregard for personal wellbeing. We are following team 222 and team ‘111 Poison Ivy’ closely again in their build ups to the World Series that will be held in NZ this year.
Round 1 : Meremere – 12th December 2015
Round 2 : Whanganui – 27th December 2015
Round 3: Meremere – 24th January 2016
Round 4: Baypark Tauranga – 30th January 2016
Round 5/6: TBA
This season also sees our first venture to the Leadfoot Festival – February 5/6/7.
The team is super amped to cover this event and see New Zealand motorsport history hoon up a custom built driveway, on a hill, in all their glory. This year will be bigger than ever as the event starts gaining an international following. NZ’s version of Goodward, but way cooler with less tea and lack of aristocrats.
More Feature Cars
The talented team will also be increasing the amount of features we do. From photo sets of some really tidy rides, to video shoots of the creme de la creme modified machinery the country has to offer. So if you think you have a ride that people would be interested in, send me us a message on our Facebook page . We are looking forward to hearing from you!
More pics of this Evo X here.
Below is an example of a video feature that we did a while back. We have a few in the works, and have tweaked the format. With more shooting experience under the belt, better gear and a kick-ass editor. Keep an eye out for the next feature to drop soon.
2015/16 is going to be a a banger season for sure, the scene is really ramping up. More people are building cars and getting into modified rides in general. Businesses in the scene have noticed increased sales/interest of their goods. All the makings of an all timer!!
To fire up the coverage the first three events that we will be dropping are:
A photo-set from The CJC jerkfest held at Taupo, NZ…
… Highlights video and photo coverage of the V 4&Rotary South Island Champs…
… And a photo-set from the premier automotive show, SEMA 2015.
It’s going to be a crazy year and we look forward to sharing our experiences of the NZ car scene and abroad with you!
Never forget that…
“Growing old, is inevitable. Growing up, is optional.”