The end of 2013 marked a successful beginning to the Street Culture brand as a whole and we would like to thank each and every one of you for helping us get to where we are today. We simply couldn’t have done it without your continuing support. Looking into the future, we are very excited to bring you coverage of the NZ auto scene over 2014. As you know over the past few months we have teased you with images of what’s to come and what you can expect from us as we move towards the future. If there’s one thing we don’t like to do it’s disappoint. Therefore we’re going to kick off 2014 with a car that needs no introduction, a car that is a rare breed amongst the New Zealand automobile community and a car that turns heads where ever it happens to be. I’m talking of course about the Honda NSX.
I still remember the day I laid eyes on this 1992 Honda NSX. It was at the NZPC Round 1 meet in Albany. Sitting amongst a crowd aiming to look their finest, the factory coloured Brooklands Green NSX stood out from the rest. As one of only 16 in the country this really is a sight to behold. To see so much care and love put into a vehicle as rare and special as this truly speaks for the man behind the wheel. Speaking to the man Rudy T, it was instantly apparent to us that this is a man who is a perfectionist and who will spare no expense on what is his masterpiece, something that we truly celebrate here at Street Culture.
Cruising from Albany along the Upper Harbour Motorway we found out why it’s been called ‘JETSSS’. With a 3.0 DOHC VTEC engine generating 250 hp, the NSX almost took off as we made our way towards the airbase.
It’s important to note that while the engine is factory, the car weighs 1350 kg in total with a full aluminum monocoque body with carbon fibre bonnet and wing, with most of its technologies derived from the Honda Formula 1 program. Needless to say the pick up and speed of this car was incredible.
As we discussed his car, we asked Rudy what he loved most about it. “The rear of the car; you can look at any make or model and know instantly what kind of car it is, but the NSX is different, there aren’t many around so it’s harder to identify- especially with the custom tail lights”. As we mentioned earlier, the NSX is one of only 16 in New Zealand and with the Wings West Urethane bodykit, Seibon vented carbon bonnet, Seibon NSX-R carbon wing and Enkei GTC-01 forged wheels, it’s unlike any other NSX in the country.
Rudy is a perfectionist, especially when it comes to the fitment and overall posture of the car. When he approached Enkei in New Zealand, he was told he couldn’t buy two 18×8.5 for the front and two 19×10.5 for the rear, being told he could only buy the wheels in a set of four. Determined not to let this set him back, Rudy contacted Enkei U.S directly to make the purchase possible.
Street Culture would like to thank Rudy T for taking the time to meet with us.
There’s a few people Rudy would like to say a special thanks for making this possible:
Raji at RAJ Garage
AJ at the Gloss Master
Rudy’s brother Ronny and the crew at Repco Albany
Michael at Firestone Albany
Matt at Custom Paint & Restorations
Rudy would also like to say thanks to his family for giving him their 110% support along the way.
3.0L DOHC VTEC, 250HP
1350kg full aluminium monocoque body
SEIBON vented carbon bonnet
SEIBON NSX-R carbon wing
Momo steering wheel and gearknob, NRG Quick Release steering wheel and steering wheel lock kit
WINGS WEST Urethane body kit
ENKEI GTC-01 forged wheels 18×8.5F and 19×10.5R
D2 8pot Front Brakes Kit
K&N Pod Filter, Apexi RSM
Japanese Jack Sports Custom Rear LED Tail-lights
Photos – Jared Donkin
Write Up – Luke Wolfkamp / Mitchell Dolan
Location – Auckland