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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod November 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.

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
publisher’s podium

A great man gone HOW quickly things change, the passing of our founder Rob Campbell came as a hammer blow from the blue on Monday 17th September. The finality and reality of his departure will take many months to sink in because he’s been not only part of this magazine but went way beyond that. He was both a catalyst and a keystone in the foundation of the entire hot rodding movement in New Zealand. He touched so many lives that everyone has a fond memory of a meeting or event which they can recall. It’s a mighty tribute to the impact he had on us all. In the USA hot rod fraternity there were legends who pioneered their industry: Vic Edelbrock, Fred Offenhauser, Stu Hilborn, Pete Peterson and more. In…

6 min.
box 573 orewa letters

Remembering Rob 1 HI PAUL, I just heard the sad news. Thoughts to all you and your team. Obviously, Rob will be missed. Bloody good Kiwi bloke. Look forward to all the tributes and yarns that will follow by the mag etc. All the best Merv and Claire Mitchell. Remembering Rob 2 WHAKATANE 1972. It’s the NZ Hot Rod Festival. (The first event Whakatane Rod and Custom Club held) “Hey, Rob Campbell is here!” “Nah, you’re having us on, he won’t come here.” “He is, he’s here, that’s his ‘34 roadster over there.” We hurry over, “Geez, that’s him, that’s him alright he’s actually here.” “Hey what say we ask him to do the first run on the Streetkhana course?” “Yeah lets, I wonder if he would?” “Go ask him.” “Nah you go ask.” “Me? Nah you go.” “Excuse me, sir?” Rob looks around,…

6 min.
just in passing

• LA Roadster Show 2019 FRANK Barcia and some LA Roadsters club members have been actively promoting their 15-16 June 2019 Fathers Day Show & Swapmeet around several of the So Cal car shows and events recently. The club took back the promotion and running of the show a few months back. Frank stated “We are going back five years to the former glory days of one of the most successful and popular car shows in Southern California. Next year will be the 55th show...but we are taking it back to the same format as our highly successful 50th Anniversary event.” The members are hopeful of overseas participants returning to help celebrate and enjoy, returning the Fathers’ Day Show & Swap to its former days of popularity among rodders. The LA…

1 min.
new arrivals

• Bone Stock TONY McMahon was a well known Christchurch rodder who lived in California since 1981 until his passing. His ‘32 3-window ended up with Stuart Watson, his ‘32 tudor with Craig Stare and his unknown 1956 Ford F100 you see here was left to brother Kerry. It has been here in NZ for over a year, and the completely stock truck is now legally on the road. It is a really good honest old truck with plenty of life left in it yet. • Muscle Class ARGUABLY the ’67 Pontiac GTO stands out as one of the most beautiful muscle cars of all time. Pontiac’s designers hit the aesthetic jackpot and created a truly iconic muscle car thanks to its muscular silhouette, pleasing nose and eight mail slot taillights. This particular…

3 min.
childhood inspiration

WHEN I was a young lad, in the early seventies, I would draw Model A Ford hot rods in my school books. This was my inspiration and my dream that I would have one of these when I got older. I was lucky enough that my dad owned a wrecking yard in Geraldine, which mainly consisted of cars from the thirties and forties with a sprinkling from the fifties. We had a lot of fun in that yard. One car I remember which got saved and is still a nice rod today is a 1935 Ford tudor which Colin Robinson extracted from the yard in the mid-seventies. As kids, we had a lot of fun growing up and spending all our spare time in the yard. I remember Colin Johnstone bought a…

4 min.
tornado r&cc 50th anniversary

TORNADO Rod & Custom Club was formed in April 1968 and quickly became a strong club and very well known. Over the years they were renowned for their top class rod runs always held on Labour weekend. They were very similar to this 50th-anniversary event published here. In 1981 a block of land at 8 Shaw Street, Timaru was purchased and with the help of $100 debentures, and several car raffles the new clubhouse was opened in 1983. Fast forward fifty years to their golden anniversary event: Friday night saw registration and the typical “haven’t seen ya for years” evening at the clubhouse mentioned above with supper later on. Saturday provided magnificent hot weather with 120 cars and over 200 people participating in the hot rod display based in nearby commercial car…