Today we found out that the paranoid tech billionaires of the Silicon Valley are planning to get the hell out of America and right on down to New Zealand. Here’s the thing—you should probably move there too, for the cars alone.
There is perhaps no more low-key amazing car culture in the world than in New Zealand. For example, here is a video simply captioned ‘testing the new exhaust.’
Every wondered what would happen if you stuck a big V8 in the middle of one of those little Japanese pickups? Congratulations! You’re from New Zealand.
Down in Queenstown, NZ they have a downhill luge sort of thing like you find in the more hilly and less litigious parts of the world. Ken Block was just there and posted a video of the run set to Mario Kart tunes. It’s... fantastic.
This is Ken Block on his way to victory at the Rally Whangarei in New Zealand last weekend. The picture was taken by Hoonigan Racing’s tame photographer following in a helicopter.
This is Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is the steepest residential street in the world. Here are a couple guys going down it on drift trikes.
This is about as close as you can get to a pinball machine built for cars.
Formula D's Ryan Tuerck continues his quest to drift the entire world, and here's his recap of life in New Zealand. It's bonkers over there.
Well, this is a sweet one.
The Lancia Stratos and the Lancia 037 are among the greatest rally cars every designed – one was the first purpose-built rally car, the other was the last rear-drive rally car to ever win a world championship. They are jewels in Italy's motoring crown, and these two were made in New Zealand.
Skier Ted Ligety became the first American to win gold at men's giant slalom yesterday but more importantly, five years ago he jumped his car like he was putting Ken Block to shame.
This dog-bites-car graphic by New Zealand's 3 News is by far the best/worst news graphic I've ever seen.
Here we see a zealous Kiwi powersliding his little Mazda pickup. The cornering forces are a little high, and he rolls. Ken Block makes it look so easy, doesn't he?
Burning cars, rusty cars, cars teetering on the edge of destruction gloriously pushed over the edge: these are the participants in New Zealand backyard derby racing.
If you've ever wondered how strong moving water can be, just look at how the steel cargo containers of the Liberian-flagged Rena are getting bent, torn, and crushed.