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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod June 2019

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

4 min.
publisher’s podium

A Fair Go THE subject for this month’s editorial became a multi-choice scenario for the first time in a while. Normally there’s something hidden deep in the grey matter which often isn’t apparent and takes some prizing out, thankfully the pressure of deadlines gets my ideas freed up and out on paper but I’ve reviewed the options and chosen the hard road and gone with a prickly subject, and that is my/your/our attitude towards certification. In my position and as editor I have the luxury of dealing and meeting with many of you in a wide variety of day-to-day roles and at socially at events so with all that spaghetti thrown in the pot I’m normally aware of what’s going on, and if there are issues, I get to hear both…

2 min.
box 573 orewa  letters

Still going strong GREAT mag, I have been buying and reading your mag since the late ‘60s. I owned a ’34 5-window coupe when I was 18, and I’m building a 3-window coupe at the moment. It runs full fenders and wire wheels while under the hood is 350/350 running gear. (I am now 71) Des Briggs, Timaru, South Canterbury. Hi Des, thanks for your kind feedback and it’s great to hear another hot order still going strong, reading the mag and building a hot rod at age 71. Well done you! Ed. How Rare? GREETINGS hot rodders, In March issue is a photo of Dennis & Jan Stanley’s 1934 Ford 3-window coupe on page 34, and also in Toolbox Tales on page 82. I photographed this ’34 3-window coupe in Millmerran, Australia in 2006.…

8 min.
just in passing

• Editorial IN last issue’s editorial, I wrote about the fear of what others think and to perhaps ignore their opinions and create whatever takes your automotive fancy. Here’s a great example of what I was writing about. We couldn’t identify the owner or builder of this 1932 Ford 3-window coupe which doesn’t fit the normal paradigm or mould of what some may expect from a deuce 3-window. The purists exclaimed, “WTF, words fail me”! But, that’s just their opinion, and aside from that, you’d have to admire the owner/builders efforts in building a car to his own tastes which appears to be certified and on the road. It just goes to show how different we all are and that’s the background tapestry of hot rodding. • Anticipating GEOFF DELL, the current owner…

1 min.
new arrivals

• Hot Hot Rod TONY House has bought another cool Model A coupe which has just landed from Texas via Kiwi Shipping. The chopped 1930 body sits on a deuce chassis and is powered by a warm 327 ci Chevy featuring alloy heads and is backed by a 5-speed trans. This one is built right and has that quintessential hot ord look. It’s for sale so contact Tony on 027 308 5936. • Under Rated OLDSMOBILES flew under the radar for most of the sixties, but by ’68 they’d stepped up to the plate with heavy-hitting muscle cars like this 442 which is just one level below the exotic and limited-production Hurst/Olds. Under the hood of this great looking car is a 400ci engine thanks to GM’s policy limiting intermediates to engines of…

2 min.
rev up whangarei

PERFECT Northland autumn weather set the scene for the annual Whangarei Rev Up which was an excellent reward for the eight months of planning and sleepless nights by the organising committee headed by David Seymour. With a backdrop of live music and set smack-bang in the centre of downtown Whangarei CBD, there was a flurry of retail and spectator activity based around the static automotive display. Registrations were ahead of last year’s count and came in at 300 vehicles and 40 motorcycles. Many local businesses rallied to the cause and supported the event which underpinned the huge success. Early indications point to a donation of approximately $15,000 to the Whangarei Youth Space. They will be over the moon with this and planning is already starting for 2020! Awards Best Overall: Ross Bell,…

1 min.
flying  farewell

Mathew Brown 2nd January 1963 - 3rd April 2019 ON Wednesday Matthew Brown lost his fight against the cancer diagnosis, he received mid last year. Matt used to be on Ron Collett’s drag racing team and had a T-bucket which he also raced for several years, where I’m sure he gained national titles. The T-bucket was a love of his, which was sold for a period, re-purchased and eventually, he had to let it go again. Matt was my niece’s husband and a very close friend, who never lost his love of hot rods and drag racing. In February he made a trip to the Pomona drags, just before his health took a serious and rapid decline. He also ordered a car while in the states, to be shipped out for both…