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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod March 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.

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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
publisher’s podium

Bolts from the Blue THERE’S nothing like the raw power of an electric shock, or haymaker from left field to get your instant attention and this month there’s a couple of instances I’d like to espouse and expose. The first is the late STOP PRESS news from Kiwi Shipping’s Steve Curle who advised the edict from US Customs that no cars can be exported from the state of New York due to internal political wrangling in the USA. When you dig down to the bottom of it, the root cause is President Trump’s hardline position on immigration and the states and cities which provide a sanctuary for illegal aliens. New York state is considered one of those sanctuaries and provides drivers licences for illegals, and the Federal government and the DMV…

7 min.
box 8 waipu letters

Response to Greg Stokes LETTER RE Get Interactive. Hi Paul, I read Greg Stokes’ letter Get Interactive in the February issue. He was advocating that hot rodders wake up, re-evaluate (where they are at in hot rodding) and get interactive. The ultimate goal is to keep supporting magazine publishers and hot rodding generally. He’s right about all of it. Support for magazine publishers, other SIV manufacturers and suppliers and event organisers is required if we want to keep reading about cars or purchasing those things that keep our cars on the road or being an event participant. If those suppliers don’t exist then we go back to the dark ages of hot-rodding. I don’t want to have to make a widget for my car when I used to be able to buy…

5 min.
just in passing

Ring Brothers Overcome Competition A Classic American Muscle Car-1969 Chevrolet Camaro-Wins Top Spot MIKE and Jim Ring of Ringbrothers out of Spring Green, WI, took the top prize in the sixth-annual SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition. For the second year in a row, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro beat out nearly 300 entrants in the internationally recognised competition which has unfolded during the SEMA Show. The Top 4 finalists for 2019 came down to Jim and Mike Ring with their 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (Hot Rod), Randy Borcherding with a 1955 Chevrolet truck (Truck/ Off-Road), Louie Shefchik and his 1968 Iso Rivolta (Sport Compact), and Young Guns winner Brad Swaney with his 1971 Chevrolet C-10. Every builder brought their A-game this year and was recognised with trophies in their respective classes. For more…

1 min.
new arrivals

Better than the Best POSSIBLY the nicest 1969 SS396 L78 Chevelle in Daytona Yellow in existence has arrived in NZ via Chucks. It’s been treated to a complete frame off, nut and bolt, no expense spared restoration in 2016 for its American owner Jody Schmeisser. The car was debuted at the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette National where it scored Gold Status of 995 points out of a possible 1000. Since then it has been stored in the owner’s climate-controlled collectors garage and only clocked up approximately two miles of drive time. The car has it’s original engine, and many NOS parts were collected for the restoration over a ten year period. It’s Kiwi owner is an avid reader of NZ Hot Rod magazine and plans to enjoy this pristine Chevelle…

1 min.
well rooted roadster

I FIRST saw this car in 1967 as it drove into the monthly stock sale in Te Teko. My Dad and I were on our way to collect whey from the Edgecumbe Dairy Company and the sale yard was on our way. Dad was told the Roadster, which was being sold as a ‘sundry’ would come up after lunch, giving us plenty of time to be back to bid. Upon the return trip, I saw the Roadster being driven out of the sale yard; it turns out the ‘sundries’ had been moved forward.......dammit! I’d never forgotten the car and have known exactly where it was for the past 53 years. When Wellsy informed of me a recent death in the owner’s family and the start of a massive cleanup of…

1 min.
gassing up part 2

OUR Gassing Up Part 1 last month sparked quite a bit of interest and feedback from readers so that got us thinking about the ones in the USA. It was there that automotive refuelling took on a life of it’s own and architects, designers and marketers all ascended to amazing heights to catch the eye of the passing motorist. Gas is gas right? Not when you’re up to your eyeballs in competition so creating a point-of-difference from all the rest became a must-do rather than be a plain-Jane also ran. The reason is the huge turnover created from selling gas, a man could get rich fairly swiftly if the consumers chose his gas station over the others. Here’s a selection of the weird, wacky and wonderful architecture and design which…