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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod December 2017

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

Last Pass IT’S hard to believe this is my last editorial for calendar year 2017 and it’s a good time to pause and to reflect on waters passed under the bridge, take timeout to celebrate the fast approaching Xmas holiday season and to look forward to what’s on the hot rod menu for 2018. 2017 got off to a flying start with one of our best features ever which was Dennis & Jan Stanley’s coupe shot on the New Brighton pier. Brilliant! It wasn’t long before we were really under the cosh when in late February our youngest daughter Nadine got married, the following weekend eldest daughter Rochelle turned 30 at the same time we wrapped up production for our milestone 50th anniversary issue; oh, and just to add to the workload we…

6 min.
box 573 orewa letters

Great memories HI PAUL, what a great article on Jim McCutcheon’s coupe. Here are a couple more photos taken at my parent’s place in Upper Hutt, not very good quality I’m afraid. It’s interesting to see the 1965 photo outside the car yard the coupe is red then 1967 at Levin it is blue and I do remember seeing it that colour but when I owned it in 1969 it was red again with starfire hubcaps, front motorcycle mudguards and a little playboy bunny a friend of mine painted on the driver’s side. Also the Edelbrock manifold had been replaced with a Hogan twin carb setup, it still went like stink though and I remember blowing the doors off an MGB on the way into Wellington one Friday night. I thought…

4 min.
just in passing

• Far & Wide SEEN in all the right places, including the announcer’s tower at the recent California Hot Rod Reunion. NZHRM’s October issue even received mention in front of the large crowd who were from all parts of the world. • Reunited SAM Ferabend reuniting with his old 1932 coupe which is now owned by Chris Leigh. Sam owned it 50 years ago and was a good car then as well. From Craig Stare. • Battle of the Builders Winner Crowned TROY Trepanier was announced as the winner of the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition during SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party held at the conclusion of the 2017 SEMA Show. Trepanier’s 1929 Ford Model A tudor sedan edged out the amazing builds of fellow Top 3 finalists Alan Johnson (1932 Ford…

1 min.
new arrivals

• Funny Car THIS 2015 NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car body was spotted recently at Chuck’s after importation from the USA. It’s ex Tommy Johnson Jr and is all carbon fibre and laced with a super-lightweight titanium subframe. Total body weight is a scant 100kg and is destined to make passes down NZ dragstrips this coming season under new sponsorship livery. One guess who it belongs to? • Starlight coupe 1 ROY Cooper (Christchurch) has just imported this 1954 Studebaker Starlight coupe from the USA via Kiwi Shipping. It’s a good honest old car missing only engine and trans. From Craig Stare • Starlight coupe 2 WE spotted this very cool and stylish 1955 Studebaker President Speedster at Chuck’s. This was Studebaker’s halo car and possibly one of only of 462 made in California. • Smoother Cruiser THIS…

3 min.
bodacious buick

www.imagehub.kiwi HOT rodding is renowned for short wheelbase lightweight cars featuring lumpy high-lift cams, loud exhausts and 10-second quarters. Occasionally this popular paradigm is punctuated by what we term as luxo-rods. There are examples of this recipe interspersed and woven into our hot rod tapestry over time. How’s your memory? Can you hark back and recall memories of Larry Wood’s 1932 Nash Brougham which made the cover of Rod & Custom magazine back in August 1973. If you can remember this, congratulations, well done and if not, just Google it and you’ll see what we mean. The luxo-rod concept comes from a completely different corner of the hot rod spectrum and is a refreshing and comfortable fit for many of us. Jeremy Nagle’s 1935 Buick sedan is one such example and was…

1 min.
taupiri swapmeet

DESPITE wet weather Friday and Saturday the Road knights club had faith in the forecasters and went ahead with the Taupiri Swapmeet on Sunday. Not only was it dry, but they enjoyed periods of sunshine too. So they came, and kept on coming, almost filling the school rugby field with over 100 sellers and many others to wander and look. Lots of rods and classics attended, almost filling a second field too. Hot food and coffee was available and even the ice cream truck did well. People seemed to be relieved and happy about the weather, so money and parts changed hands. At $10 for a plot or $2 to look is a cheap start to the day. Always the first Sunday after Labour weekend, the Taupiri Swapmeet is a…