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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod March 2018

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.

New Zealand
Hot Rod Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
publisher’s podium

California ON the last weekend of January I had the great privilege of attending the longest running indoor car show in the world: the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California which incorporates the long-running AMBR trophy. (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster) I’m not sure of the total count of cars on show but it would’ve been up around the 1,000 mark. There were eight separate buildings each holding around 100 cars, plus outdoor and vendor displays. It was massive and to the uninitiated, a jaw-dropping experience. This is old hat to our American hot rod cousins who take it all in their stride and accept it as normal. A few things stuck out to me this year and are worthy of mention. Firstly the car count: there were 15 contenders for…

4 min.
box 573 orewa letters

Rodders saving lives GOOD Morning Paul, What an amazing weekend we’ve just had! I would like to thank you so much for your involvement in our event and to help us raise $45,000 for the Auckland Helicopter Rescue Trust. Several lives will be saved by these funds. The feedback from everybody is amazing! We thank you hugely and couldn’t do it without you. Many thanks, Sharon Morris and the dedicated organising committee, Hibiscus Rodders Department of Corrections OUR humble apologies go to Blair Caffell for incorrectly naming previous owners of his car as the current owners in the caption accompanying the photo of his coupe. The photo was taken on Delta’s anniversary cruise and appeared in December 2017’s issue. Jenni Barnes, NZHRM Correspondent. Pleased as Punch HEY PAUL, I just want to thank you for the copies…

4 min.
just in passing

• Liquid Sunshine MOTHER nature played her worst hand when rain caused the cancellation of what was probably going to be NZ’s biggest ever day of drag racing at Meremere dragway. Pomoters, racers and fans were naturally despondent but we can’t control the weather, only our attitudes huh! The Powhiri and cacklefest were run as schedule before the skies opened, ending all hopes of any racing. The following weekend’s rain date was also wild, wet and windy so the cars were shipped back to Australia. From Mike Ashton. • Missing Deuce Tudor traced? LONGTIME hot rodder Max Turner, well known for his wild T-bucket dubbed Purple Haze stunned us when he produced these rare, never-before-published photos of a very cool looking deuce tudor. This may well be one of the “Missing in Action”…

1 min.
arrivals new

• Art Deco Deluxe THIS way cool ’62 Chrysler Imperial arrived recently via Chucks. It’s one of those cars which draws you in and you have to keep looking at. The more you look the more you see; it’s dripping in art deco design and is so very different is has to be seen to be appreciated. • Top Down Touring DAVE Verry recently acquired this rare and cool 1936 Ford convertible sedan. It’s as stock as a rock and will be perfect for cruising to local events in the Nelson sun. • ‘Naki Bound GOLLY has a new ride and it’s fresh from California via Kiwi Shipping. The ’34 Ford tudor has IFS and smallblock running gear. It’ll be a comfy cruiser around the mountain in Taranaki, maybe in time for Americarna?…

3 min.
shock 47

STEVE Kelly had a flair for modifying old cars as a teenager growing up in Te Awamutu, just like all his mates were doing at the same time. That probably spans back for 50 odd years and he’s had a few different cars over that time. One you may remember is his very radical ‘34 Ford coupe which has removable fenders and 20-inch wheels on both the front and back. Steve who’s a member of Whangarei Rod and Custom Club still owns it. Move forward to a couple of years back and the now retired panelbeater who was living in Whangarei decided he needed something to do, to fill in his time. He found a real rough ‘47 Chev cab, handed over 500 bucks and the rest is history. At the same time as…

4 min.
orewa beach festival

NINE years on and still going strong at a phenomenal rate, the annual Hibiscus Rodders Orewa Beach Festival was yet again a stand out weekend. The concept of sun, sand, hot rods & custom cars results in this event becoming the success it is. Orewa itself is a picturesque beachside resort boasting a growing number of eateries overlooking the beautiful landscape. This year almost 500 pre-75 American cars filled the Orewa Reserve at the main Saturday event, which featured something for everyone from a V8 Chic parking area, trade stands, live bands, retro beauty contest and a VIP area for VIP entrants. From the Friday evening meet-and-greet and drive-in movie at the reserve through to the popular Sunday morning show ’n’ shine on the main street, the Hibiscus Rodders crew were…