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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod April 2017

Published since 1967, N.Z. HOT ROD is dedicated to portraying every sphere of Hot Rodding. From traditional and modern Hot Rods to Street Machines, Muscle Cars and Race Cars, NZ Hot Rod features them all. Plus there's coverage of many of the 100 or so hot rod events, including Drag meets from around New Zealand and overseas.

Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hot Rod Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
publisher’s podium

50 Years Behind the Wheel WE made it! I’ve said it before but will repeat it again: NZ Hot Rod magazine celebrates its 50th birthday with this issue. That’s right, 50 years of unbroken continuous publication with 589 magazines under our belt. What’s more is the fact that only two hot rod magazines to mark this milestone are still alive and well (USA’s Hot Rod and this publication: NZHRM) which is a remarkable feat for all Kiwi hot rodders and for their solidarity and loyalty shown, especially in the past 10 years in the face of huge technological change. (the internet) Sitting in front of a keyboard and screen I’m humbled to be here with Liz together holding the reins of one of NZ’s most enduring and loved automotive brands, the NZ…

11 min.
pioneer profiles: memories from then & now

Bob Rossiter THEN: Bob was the first editor of NZHRM and up until April ’67 was writing articles for the NZ Hot Rod Association. He’d always possessed a unique type of humour which flowed through his pen before and would continue in the new magazine. NOW: Bob now lives in Pyatt, Arkansas, USA and has great recollections of those early days: When we printed the first issue of Hot Rod Magazine there was no thought of 50 years of continuous publication. If you’d have said to us this is still going to look good 50 years from now and that we’d be one of only two hot rod magazines to have such a long life, I’m pretty sure we would have all laughed at you. In the beginning we were stumbling along…

19 min.
a 50 year reflection

WHEN editor Paul Grace contacted Rob and I with an idea to reflect back on 50 years of Hot Rod Magazine, to start with we were personally honoured then a little intimidated when it was realised what 50 years actually meant. From my view, I’ve tried to point out some highlights, downturns and all the other things a milestone like half a century of publishing brings. When reflecting on some early years, I’m immediately attracted to Auckland’s Regent theatre in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. One movie in particular was Elvis’ Loving You. Not too far into the start and Elvis bursts into town driving a black flatty powered ‘29 A roadster. The audience just goes nuts with oohs, aahs and cheers at seeing a hot rod on the big…

11 min.
box 573 orewa letters

The legends speak Grahame Berry Photo by Allan Porter CONGRATULATIONS, firstly to Rob and his family for starting the whole thing off in the first place and secondly to Paul and Liz for the fine work they’ve done in carrying on the good work. I think there’s been a lot of integrity gone into the magazine and everyone who has been involved in it since its inception has been determined to make sure that these standards have been maintained. It has, over the years, developed into a world class mag and I see that continuing well into the future. I think that LVVTA would feel a few shivers going up their spine regarding some of the earlier ‘how to’ articles but hey, we didn’t know any better back in the early/mid ‘60s and…

4 min.
memories from behind the lens

“The biggest challenge I face is continually looking for that fresh background to make the car feature “pop” without coming up with a dreadful colour clash.” Craig Stare BEING a photographer and contributor for nearly forty years you could say it was a big chunk of my life and I still really enjoy helping to create each and every issue. When you look back to the old days everything was very basic, especially the photography! A lot of it down right disgusting! You took the photo in black and white, usually a 24 shot film unless covering a national event then you would require a 36 “shotter”. Only the best cars necessitated colour transparencies (slides). The film would be dropped off to the local chemist shop for “hit and miss” developing process…

3 min.
speed & custom the burgerfuel way

“A LOVE OF CUSTOM MACHINES HAS BEEN A PART OF THE BURGERFUEL DNA SINCE DAY ONE” When it comes to having a full throttle philosophy towards everything in life, you can’t go past New Zealand’s very own gourmet burger brand, BurgerFuel. There is no point in working hard if you can’t play hard, and no point in racing if you can’t win – just like there is no point in making burgers unless they are the best burger money can buy. Taking car culture as seriously as they do their burgers, a love of custom machines has been a part of the Burgerfuel DNA since day one - and 21 years later, it’s still fuelling much of what they do. It all started back in 1995. BurgerFuel founder, Chris Mason, a high-performance…