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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod February 2020

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

The Art of Design THAT heading sounds like the title for a top-notch publication and not wanting to step on anyone’s toes (intellectual property) I Googled it and found it was actually a Netflix original documentary series highlighting artists in the field of design. I haven’t watched it but suspect it’d be quite interesting so will add that to my watch list. Design is a very elastic word which stretches across all products we come in contact with in our daily lives but more predominantly in fashion, architecture and automobiles and the latter are where I’m shooting at here. Design and more specifically, the art of design raises above the norm when it dismisses its cousin, which is functionality. When it comes to cars, pure functionality would see a design silhouette…

3 min.
box 8 waipu letters

What happened to it? HI PAUL and Liz, I have returned home to find my November and December magazines were waiting for me. Congratulations to Myles Johnson for his fine article “Out of the Dark” in the November issue regarding the first appearance of Wild Honey at the Autorama Hot Rod Show. As you know Wild Honey was my introduction to our hobby and from memory appeared in at least the next two Autorama Shows with its four long extractors on each side and Gold carburettor stacks? It was a joy to behold, and in the article, Myles has totally shown the impact that it had on those of us who were seeing it for the first time. A hot rodding masterpiece which will never be forgotten by those who saw…

1 min.
just in  passing

• Ten Twos ALTHOUGH they build all sorts of vehicles, there is never any shortage of 1932 Ford projects at Magoo’s Street Rods. There are currently no less than ten Deuces in the shop, and they range from mild to wild including this restoration project for a Christchurch owner, and a fendered SB Chev version that is destined for Lower Hutt. • Build book perfection RECENTLY we purchased a Build Book on the gorgeous 1932 Ford Victoria you see here. Build books are commonplace in the USA to showcase design and construction ideas through all the stages of the build. The purpose of these books is to accompany a vehicle on the show circuit to show the judges the build process. We first saw Phil & Debbie Becker’s Vicky at the 50th NSRA…

2 min.
win tickets

HERE’S a superb offer from Meremere Dragway: How about a free ticket to the 2020 Nationals on 7th and 8th March at Meremere? That’s when you’ll see the best of NZ NZ’s drag racers going for broke as they vie for top honours. All you have to do to qualify for a free ticket is answer the following question and be one of the first ten correct entries received. Name the NZ’s fastest male drag racer who ran the quickest ET here in NZ or on overseas tracks. Only one free ticket per email, no multiple email entries from the same address allowed. Once again – the first ten correct replies get a free ticket! Entries must be emailed to nationals@nzhotrodmag.co.nz and must contain the correct answer to the question plus your…

2 min.
new arrivals

• Showroom Perfection DAN Sharpe just landed this 2012 Corvette ZR1 Centennial Edition with ZR1 High Performance Package via Chucks. It’s number 109 of 184 made, is like new and has travelled a mere 287 miles coming straight out of a supercar collection in the USA. • A chip off the old block LIKE father, like son as the saying goes, applies perfectly here where longtime hot rodder and purveyor of fine American cars Dave Loose (R) takes a shot with son Dane (L) who’s just landed this ’62 Corvette from Australia via Chuck’s. It’s a Roman red, 327, 4-speed car originally from Long Beach, California which had spent three years in Adelaide, South Australia. The last time it was registered on the road was 1973, so it’d had been off the road…

4 min.
survivor: a warhorse

ERIC Prain bought his Model A roadster pickup in 1983 and back then it was a driving car with a smallblock Ford, built by Bruce Richards. Says Eric, “All I did was hot up the engine and go drag racing, winning the South Island Nationals in ‘84/’85.” Eventually, Eric’s best ET was 13.01@ 103 mph, and he later claimed he could’ve run a 12 if it had smaller headlights! “It got a little sideways on me during one race meet. I was shaking so much afterwards I couldn’t even light a fag!” A Ford man through and through, Eric has an interesting collection of vehicles, but he’s had the Model A the longest. Based around a boxed Model A chassis, newly fabricated from the deck back, it still has the Model A…