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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod August 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

5 min.
publisher’s podium

Overhaul THIS month’s editorial is not overflowing with opinion; it’s a fact-based response to changes in our business environment. NZ Hot Rod mag has two distinct sides to it: the one you see is the magazine, and it’s educational and entertaining content, the other side is that it is a business and as such makes a profit, or a loss and is exposed to many factors which affect its smooth and continuous operation: that’s where I’m coming from. We’ve identified a potential risk to our subscription sales through a weakness of our primary delivery service provider, which is NZ Post. During the COVID lockdown month of May, a couple of news headlines grabbed our attention, from a business perspective, and they were: 1. Govt injects $280m into NZ Post which appeared in…

4 min.
box 8 waipu letters

Folklore HI PAUL, Just a note re June issue magazine. Great to see your Coupe “finally done”. I miss the build articles we used to have and had wondered what had happened. I guess the long build time that seems to be the rule now given the complexity of a car today plus certification etc. makes this not practical. In saying that I think you have pulled off the KSS look perfectly, congratulations. In the “Letters” column regarding Neville Wilson’s Buick roadster; Neville was a member of my club Southern Street Rodders. He was a brilliant guy but an extremely introverted and shy person, I believe he also battled mental health issues and sadly took his own life. Nobody in the club was even aware of his passing. It has always…

6 min.
just in passing

No Pistons Smallblock WE spotted this on social media recently and thought readers might be interested in this outside-the-square concept. It’s an electric motor mounted inside a Chevy smallblock. It looks like a typical mouse motor from the outside, complete with stock Chevrolet bell housing and Chevy motor mounts. Beneath that veneer, however, is a High Performance Electric Vehicle Systems electric motor and the pair of controllers needed to throttle it. The project is the brainchild of British Columbia’s Chris Webb, and this concept is currently a one-off prototype, but his goal is to build a kit which drops into most vehicles without major modifications. The motor is capable of over 300 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. If you want to follow along with Webb Motorworks’ progress, check out their…

1 min.
new arrivals

Longroof Love MICHELLE Robinson from Dunedin scored big time with the arrival of her three-owner 1960 Pontiac wagon with a 389 3-speed Hydramatic under the hood. It is all stock and in original condition after spending its entire life in California. Michelle has the full history on it, including a photo of the original owner being presented with the keys as it was gifted as a wedding present from her mother. Documentation with the car includes all the receipts for parts replaced since new. The second owner was a lawyer, and he had all the suspension and the trans rebuilt. The third owner kept every receipt and documented every cent he spent on it! The wagon was always garaged from new; thus, it sports a great rust-free body. It’s a great…

4 min.
in the back of my mind

It is always interesting to hear how people got interested in hot rodding. Some had a friend of the family who had one, or perhaps just looking through old hot rod magazines or maybe even watching an old cult hot rod movie like “American Graffiti”. Others saw a real live hot rod in the flesh when they were kids, and there was an even smaller proportion who were lucky enough to get a ride in one and became “hooked for life”. This happened to me and Graeme Cooper in his teenage years when Graeme attended Gore High School as a boarder. His housemaster (Brian Stewart) had a keen love for old cars. Not only did he drive a Mk 1 Zephyr but also had a very cool channelled, flatty powered, purple…

2 min.
whitestone rod & restorers club 45th anniversary

MY FIRST thoughts were “who has an anniversary in the middle of winter? - nobody will go”. Things could not have been further from the truth. The weather didn’t even pose a problem, and there was no rain but about the same amount of sunshine as well. Ninety-three cars and 170 people showed up to help celebrate Whitestone Rodders 45th Anniversary. Friday night was the get together of old faces at their clubrooms, and there’s certainly no shortage of them these days. Registration kicked off with continuous nibbles and an excellent supper with lots of reminiscing with a few lies thrown in for good measure. On Saturday morning the cars gathered for a short run to the old Victorian precinct in convoy. The display was centred on a grassed area by the…