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Hey guys! I guess it would be a good idea to kick things off with a bit of an introduction, so here goes. Following up on Yogi’s warm welcome, my name is Taryn and I live in New Zealand. I know a lot of people reading this probably won’t know very much about my country, let alone our automotive scene and what goes on here ‘down under’. So during my time blogging on here I’m going to do my best to give you guys a bit of an insight into our culture and what we are all about.

I don’t think I’m really what you would describe as the ‘average’ car enthusiast. While most other females in their early twenties are busy doing regular girl stuff, I prefer to spend my time modifying my car, going to meets and daydreaming about wheel fitment. I also write a column in New Zealand’s biggest selling automotive publication New Zealand Performance Car magazine (Speedhunters #2 Automotive Magazine of 2011!) and run my blog iheartstance.com

Here are a few NZ cars that have made their mark on the international scene that you might recognise…

Joel from C’s Garage’s Onevia. Drift stance at it’s best!

If you haven’t seen Mad Mike’s FD before, there must be something wrong with you!

Hugo McLean’s bad-ass formerly F20C-powered, now 13B AE85 is always stirring up the haters. This is actually an older photo but I’m hoping to take some updated ones in the near future.

Last year I got the opportunity to travel to Japan, where RWB founder Nakai-san invited to the Idlers games and showed us through the RWB Workshop.

I was also able to meet up with Toshi-san and see his beautiful 993 Rough Rhythm!

As for what I drive, back in 2009 I went through a bB/xB phase but after a year of having my bB I found myself wanting more, and as I became more interested in JDM and drift culture I ditched the bB and bought a white Miata/MX-5.

I’ve owned my convertible for over a year now and have well and truly fallen in love with it – you can read up a bit more about it here. The above photo is from earlier last year – credit to David from DA Images.

… and this is how my MX-5 sits at the moment. Looking nice and clean after a new coat of paint! Here is some recent video footage, a big thank-you to Ben and David for putting this together:

Plans for 2012 include a new wheel set-up, new cage and I’m definitely going to need a Project G ‘G-string’ top in my life soon too. Japanese cars are my main passion, but I do also have a big soft spot for classic American cars and lowriders. Last year my partner and I restored this ’67 Fastback Impala which is our pride and joy…

That’s pretty much it about me, so thanks for reading and see you soon with some more of New Zealand’s finest and flushest!

T x

16 Responses to Meanwhile, in New Zealand…

  1. I am looking forward to reading about more new zealand cars! While i am across the pond in australia i can’t help but feel that NZ has a lot more stylish cars than australia.

    Also i love your MX-5!

  2. Chris

    Is there a high rez version of the wallpaper/ very first pic? I need a new wallpaper :(

    • Taryn Croucher

      Sorry Chris that is the biggest file I have of that photo! Glad you like it though :)

  3. Hey Taryn :)

    This blog just inspired greatly.I would consider myself just like you for my passion for the JDM lifestyle, Hellaflush, and cars in general. I’m still only 17, looking to buy my first car that i will find the perfect stance with the money i’ve been saving up.(WRX /240/Teggy/MKIII Supra) This page has brought NZ out of the ‘under’ and into the car scene today ‘cuz of your post. I hope to find out more how NZ is like :D. In my highschool in Long Island, im really one of the few 5 who is really passionate with the car lifestyle. I’m okay with that, its just hard to fit in town with a car, which they would think looks goofy and rolling low. Anyways, that’s just me; I hope a lot more HellafFlush gurus bring they representing country in to this car scene. :] Gorgeous girls + Cars = <3. Your beauty is stunning. Your car is awesome!

    -John

  4. New Zealand goes H.A.M! Welcome to the crew Taryn!

  5. Can not wait to see more from NZ.

  6. Awesome work babe!! Love it!!! So proud of you :)

  7. AJ

    WTG Taryn! Reppin’ out little country!! Go girl!

  8. Derek

    We love to get the paint code on your pink powder coated wheels for my GFs car!

  9. NZ REP! good stuff Tayrn!!!

  10. brad

    Good to see the nz car scene hitting the world now! Good to be a kiwi in the car scene. Great work with all the blogs. Love your iheartstance blog too haha. I have a s15 that’s been having some work done to it over the last 2 months and everyday I miss driving it. Hopefully get to see some awsome photos from the 4s and rota nats up on the blog too. Keep it up!

  11. mhxv2

    Your sexy

  12. Lochie

    Good to see other kiwis spreading out (internationally) in the car scene. Im hoping to go to the states or australia next year and build up a car with everything that you and the people at hellaflush believe in, in vehicles and spread the good word. From the home of Wongs kitchen -the tron :)

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