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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod December 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.

New Zealand
Hot Rod Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
publisher’s podium

Under the Mistletoe 2019 closed with a roller coaster ride and a bang. I’m talking about our main feature of Uncertain T which is a tribute to Steve Scott’s original and radical hot rod from the mid-sixties. Our schedule to publish this feature got pushed around a bit due to circumstances beyond our control but here we are! It’s a treat just to be on the sidelines during the three years it’s been under construction even though held under a strict cone of silence by owner Martin Bennett. Fast forward to October 2019 when Martin called and gave us the go-ahead with a small window of opportunity before it was loaded into a container and bound for the USA. Alastair Ritchie and I swung into immediate action and zipped down to…

4 min.
box 8 waipu letters

Collapse MY GOD, the world is about to collapse inwardly and disappear up its own fundamental orifice; our editor has confessed that there are cars other than a ‘32 Ford, unbelievable! Years ago I did a model of Ralph Wright’s ‘39 coupe “Chug--a-Lug”, and as a gift he gave me a two-year subscription to The Rodders Journal, which I thought was pretty neat, so when it expired I subscribed again, but after a few years it was the same old! One day I said to Janice, “if the next issue arrives with a ‘32 on the cover I’m going to cancel my subscription”, and lo and behold, the next one arrived with a ‘32 on the front cover, and one on the back cover as well so I cancelled. For god’s…

4 min.
just in passing

• Times Nine A BRITISH inventor has refined and redesigned a sixties technology battery and bought it into the modern realm with startling results. It’s an aluminium-air cell which generates nine times more energy than lithium-ion batteries, takes up less space and is much lighter. The new battery could give an electric car a potential range of a whopping 2700 miles (4345km). There are more benefits: It’s cheap to build, as aluminium is the most abundant metal on the planet, and it’s easily recyclable. On the downside the aluminium-air battery’s main drawback is the inability to recharge it, once it is dead, it is dead, like an empty tank of gas. Does that make it no different from having to keep purchasing fuel? Well maybe, except that the battery can easily…

1 min.
new arrivals

• Good History STEVE Sharpe spotted this ’34 5-window coupe on eBay and bought it. Back in the early ‘70s it was the first hot rod Jerry Slover (from Pete & Jakes) built and it was from an early ‘60s hot rod. It was, and still is a very nice car, with a lot of attention to detail and features all early Super Bell and Pete and Jake’s parts. Jerry sold/traded the car to Pete Chapouris as part of the purchase of Pete & Jake’s business. In late ‘86 early ‘87 Pete sold the car to Don Rice in Mission Viejo, CA. Don sold the car to Rob Papstein, which is the guy who sold it to Kiwi Steve Sharpe. Under the hood is a smallblock engine backed by an auto…

3 min.
riverside rodders

FIFTY years ago a small group of hotrodders got together in Hamilton and decided to form a hot rod club that would suit their tastes in cars. That meant the cars had to be of pre 49 American origin. This group of guys eventually formed what is now the well-known club Riverside Rodders. To celebrate the 50 years they have been together, a small one day run and lunch was held on the 20th October close to the date when they got affiliated to NZHRA all those years ago. The assembly point at The Base in Hamilton bought together many old faces and the memories of fun and games throughout the years started flowing. I myself being an early member caught up with people I hadn’t seen for years, some…

3 min.
stateside streeters 40th anniversary

FRIDAY was the travel day to get to Dunedin in time for registration. The majority would have been locals, but there were still many from out of town. That night was a general get together for all the past members ending with supper. Saturday morning saw breakfast at their Green Island clubrooms (co-owned with Conrodders) then onto Gary Clarke’s collection. From there it was back to the clubrooms for lunch before a three-hour Rod Show was held at Forbury Park to raise money for the local hospice. That evening it was to the Pirates football club for dinner followed by a band. Sunday another breakfast was supplied then two shed raids, first was Roy McDonald’s then onto Paul Clarke’s. A country cruise took us to the ‘kink in the road’ pub in…