Zoom Magazine Pan Ams Video Exclusive

If you're like us then you love sport compact drag racing and live for the wild engine conversions and big horsepower combinations their drivers come up with. With Jamboree 21 only a day or so away, we thought we'd help you get in the mood with something a bit special.

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Resident Zoom photographer and sport compact correspondent, Jason Gynn, recently jumped on a jet plane, flew stateside and rolled up to Atco Raceway to cover the Pan American Nationals exclusively for Zoom Magazine readers. While you'll have to wait until issue #169 to see the feature in the magazine, here's a little video teaser to whet your appetite.

Enjoy the video after the break.

 

Joe Signorelli Breaks World Sport Compact Record - 6.38 @ 223mph!

Wednesday 7/9/2011 4:30pm -  Joe Signorelli piloted the Gas Motorsport 2JZ Celica down the Sydney Dragway quarter mile in a world record breaking 6.38sec at over 223mph. Joe said that he had to pedal the car early and that it shook in explaining the uncharacteristically slow sixty-foot time.

UPDATE: Video below

Zoom 165 On Sale Now

Zoom 165 is now on shelves and I'm not sure if anyone's told you yet but you need to buy it. Seriously. There's cool stuff inside including a poster of the awesome cover car owned by Alex Cirtoski from Birrong Automotive.

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When we went to print the car had run bottom 8's but Alex was confident the car would go into the 7's in the very near future. He was right and here's the video to prove it!

NEW WORLD SPORT COMPACT RECORD - ROD HARVEY - 6.406 @ 221MPH!

25/8/2011 - 12:25pm

Kiwi sport compact drag racer Rod Harvey just piloted his Rayglass Boats Toyota 2JZ-powered Pro Turbo Celica to a new world record of 6.406sec @ 221mph! This pass beats his own world record of 6.41 but is still a shade slower than his best speed of 224mph proving that there is definitely more to come. More updates to follow.

 

 

More Pre-Jamboree Testing at Willowbank Raceway

25/8/2011 4:05pm - 7.06 @ 196mph

25/8/2011 11:37am - Scott just ran 7.2 @ 190mph. It shook badly just after the 330ft mark. Car is looking slick and positively evil in its new satin black paintjob.

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Secret Agent Dave just flicked through these pics of a brand new V6 combo testing at Willowbank Raceway. The stock-stroke VQ35 runs a pair of custom Garrett T51-based turbochargers on a pair of stunning exhaust manifolds with horsepower expectations clearly on the north side of 1500! Scott Porter's Nissan Infiniti is certainly going to be one to watch and we're hoping that Phil Laird and the team get enough testing done before J21 to be compeitive. Make sure you get along to J21 on the 27th and 28th of August to see it.

See more TTV6 engine awesomeness after the fold,

***UPDATE*** Extra pics added at bottom of post.

***ADDITIONAL UPDATE*** 7.2sec @ 184mph - 1.09 60ft.

Next pass 7.7 @ 194 with heaps of shake.

7.15@197 mph on last pass with big pedal job.

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World's first R35 GT-R drag car

When the news of not one but three full-chassis R35 GT-R drag cars appeared as if from nowhere just a couple of weeks ago it took many, including the team at Zoom, by surprise. Aaron Gregory and the ITP team did well to keep the simultaneous builds on the down-low but since those first pics, we've seen nothing. Zero. Zip.

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Sydney Dragway Track Championship Coming to SPEED Channel

Sportsman drag racers rejoice! While the Group 1 guys have had the lion's share of the television exposure to date, it seems that racers in the 2010/2011 Sydney Dragway Track Championships will soon find themselves on air in two seperate television events.

We'll post the on-air dates here soon!

New world record for Reece McGregor and the Heat Treatments GTR

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Currently competing at the 2011 Winternationals at Queensland’s Willowbank Raceway, Reece McGregor and the Heat Treatments crew have just re-set their own world record for thr fastest GTR with a blistering 7.56@184.95mph pass. Its previous best was a 7.57 at a faster 190mph which shows the car has the potential to go even quicker.

THE BEAST IS BACK

Well, kind of...

For those of you out there that are not hard-core rotary devotees and may be unaware, 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Mazda’s victory in the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. To celebrate this anniversary, Le Mans event organisers have invited Mazda to demonstrate the legendary Mazda 787B on the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France on Saturday June 11 prior to the main event, the 24-hour race. In addition to the on track action, the car will also be taking part in the Driver’s Parade through the Le Mans city centre on Friday June 10.

 

PAC STACK BUT NO SLACK TILL BACK ON TRACK

Less than one week after Pac Performance team principal Rocky Rehayem's fiery 180mph crash in the final round of the Nitro Champs at Sydney Dragway, the team are already well on their way to getting the world's quickest and fastest rotary race car back where it belongs.

With Rocky out of action for the foreseeable future and the car in a very sorry state, it took just one night's work from the hard-working Pac Performance crew to disassemble the Mazda 6 so that a damage assessment could be undertaken and plans for the future made. And while it was clear from the outset that certain parts had been irreparably damaged, it turns out that after further investigation, the main components of the chassis are intact and fit to fight another day.

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More info and new pics after the fold

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