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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod December 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

4 min.
publisher’s podium

Reflections WITH Xmas just around the corner, it’s time to put pen to paper for my last editorial for the calendar year 2018, our milestone fifty-first year of publishing. Looking back on these past 12 months I see many highlights, and they begin with the amazing synchronicity of our January issue’s main feature of Dave Tuke’s deuce roadster and the comparison of it Dave Chung’s Pink Panther cover: both were red roadsters, shot beside boats and 50 years apart! A stunning coincidence, or best planning ever. I’ll claim a coincidence! 2018 was a year when we sniffed out all 28 NZ-new deuce 5-window coupes thanks to Craig Stare, and because of the time and research it takes to put all the articles together he’s sworn, that’s it, no more. We’ll see, only…

2 min.
box 573 orewa letters

Delightful G’DAY Hot Rod Magazine. Not long ago, I took my ‘51 Chev over to my sister’s place to take her, her husband and my little niece Norah out for a cruise. I had the August “It’s Christmas Time” issue of NZHR mag on the back seat and, once we had buckled her in, I jokingly handed her the mag, she grabbed it off me and started “reading” it, (she’s barely 2 years old) it was so great, I scrambled for my phone to grab the attached pics... it would make such a great gift for her to grow up with an issue of HR mag if you were to print her in one somewhere. Even if you don’t, enjoy the pics anyway, great magazine, keep up the good work! Cheers, Regan…

4 min.
just in passing

• Club Mates JIM Goulding kindly loaned out his 1934 Ford coupe to Lloyd Gable for the pre 49s with the personalised plate OL ROKR. At the show, some of his club mates changed it slightly! From Craig Stare. • Eye popper THIS guy’s eyes nearly popped out when he saw that he had ended up in a magazine. He got a copy of the magazine and a laminated copy for the tower. I also gave them NZHRM ‘s February issue with last year’s write up which received a mention over the public address system. From Bruce Taylor. • How cool is this? PIN’S Sattler was invited to display his FED at Ed Iskenderian’s 97th birthday and on the way home on the Sunday morning it was decided that a photo would be taken with the iconic…

1 min.
new arrivals

• Great bones THIS ’56 Ford F100 just arrived via Chuck’s and is a super start to a hot rod project or restore it to bone stock. The body looks shabby because of patchy paint but underneath that is good dry sound and straight steel. Up front, the engine is Ford’s inline 6 and is backed by a manual trans which are an unusual powertrain combination for one of Ford’s best-looking pickups. • Welcome Home EX-PAT Kiwi hot rodder Andrew Gaffney “Gaff” to his mates is now living back here in New Plymouth after 27 years in Aussie. He’s brought back the rest of his toys: ‘41 Willys Gasser, a ‘56 Chevy pickup to join his ‘55 Chevy sports coupe he brought back last year. All cars run smallblock Chevs, and we’re looking…

2 min.
slick street

WITH all the American import cars which have come into New Zealand over the past quarter of a century, it’s refreshing to see a New Zealand-new, right-hand drive four-door sedan getting loved and personalised to perfection. Garry Muirson was bought up in a family that always had fifties and sixties Dodges and the like as the family car. The interest in these large vehicles started when he was just a nipper. Garry purchased this Bel Air in 1995 for a princely sum of $1,500 and thought he got a bargain until he got it home and took a close look at it. The good part is that it was totally complete, but rust had taken over many areas including the sills, all the doors and the non-existent roof gutters. The 44…

1 min.
usa car day

THE Classic American Car Club of Christchurch have been putting on the USA Day for a long time now. It’s always a great day out in Woodend, normally sunny with an annoying Canterbury wind. Cars in attendance seem to always be between 500-600 with a handful of great fresh builds which show up each year.…