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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod July 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.

Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hot Rod Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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5 min.
publisher’spodium

Putting my foot in it ONE of the highlights of celebrating our 50th Anniversary was the publication of a three- minute clip on Sky TV’s Skyspeed show. From all accounts and feedback it was pretty well received and our phones and emails ran hot with positive feedback. One of my remarks on the show went like this: “you have to be on top of your game in this niche market and know your stuff because in many cases the readers know more than we do”. I stand by that statement because I believe it’s both true and correct but little did I know that it’s come back to bite me and it‘s inevitable and even good fun when you see the funny side of what transpired. In last month’s editorial I…

4 min.
box 573 orewa letters

Great idea! HI PAUL, further to the battery article in this month’s NZHRM, (June) attached is a pic of a battery mounting/ isolating switch option for mounting an Optima Gel battery. It worked well in my roadster and keeps the battery out of way and is easily accessible for charging/jump starting. Also keeps wife happy as still plenty of room for her numerous baggage items!!! Regards, Shane Fox, Southland. Any remnants stored away? HI PAUL, I would like to say a great big thank you, to you and Craig Stare, for the amazing article on my ‘36 Coupe, in the 50th Anniversary edition of NZ Hotrod magazine. I was interested to learn from the article who owned the coupe after I sold it to John McKim. I had no idea where it went…

6 min.
just in passing

• Panoramic Pop JOHN EVA spotted this wild, wicked and widened Ford Popular at a recent Christchurch event. Wayne and Heather Philpott of Kustom Car Club built this lil’ beast in just two years after finding the sad body with a tree growing through it. Using the original chassis, fully boxed with new x-members, 318 Mopar engine and trans, Falcon rear and Torana front ends, the body has been widened 6” at the front and 8” at the rear, and chopped 2.5” in the front and 1.5” in the rear. It’s a piece of work, going hard-out every week night and every weekend. Wayne’s pleased with his efforts, claiming the Pop rides and handles nicer than his family Pajero. And check out the panoramic rear window! From John Eva. • Hombre Art NOEL…

1 min.
arrivals new

• John Boy RITCHIE Malam just landed this ’31 Model A pickup via Chuck’s. It was found in the California desert near Bakersfield and has had virtually one-owner since new. Although dented here and there it still has its original paint and is totally rust-free. A great way to buy ‘em and Ritchie plans to do mechanical repairs then drive it as is! • Ticks all boxes DAVE Tuke’s ’69 RS/SS Camaro has almost all the available factory options and has just arrived via Chuck’s. Built by Gary Hansen Race Cars it features a 350 smallblock and auto, a cool houndstooth interior and orange crush paint. It’s a perfect combination for long-distance driving or just cross-town cruising. • Up and Over THIS really got our attention at Chuck’s when it arrived in June. It’s a…

3 min.
truckin keep on ’

OBVIOUSLY steel-bodied cars of the pre 49 era in New Zealand would have history and this ‘34 pickup belonging to Pete Davies from Gisborne is one such vehicle. Pete purchased the pickup in Tauranga in 1992 but the previous owner before the one he bought it off was a chap by the name of Graeme Freeman from Christchurch. Graeme first spotted the old original pickup in Blenheim way back in January 1972, where it was well known around town. Upon visiting there again a couple of years later he was able to speak to the owner who said he was going to do it up. It then just disappeared and no one seemed to know what had happened to it. He visited Blenheim again in 1982 with Marty Cole, a former…

5 min.
marineland run 2017

THE whole format of the Marineland Run/Swapmeet/Car Show is a time proven format with a different theme car each year, usually supported by fabulous Hawkes Bay sunshine. This year was no different as the usual vagabonds from Cam County and other north island destinations rolled in to Napier on Friday for the ritual get together at Marineland’s clubrooms. Registration was open and sponsor “lucky dip” products given out as well. Many of Marineland’s members were on hand to help out with directions around town and ensure things were going to go off smoothly. Plus some social drinks and tall stories are a good way to kick off any weekend. Saturday dawned bright and sunny as GMT did the official welcome before handing the reigns over to their run committee. Similar format…