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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod May 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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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
publisher’s podium

The Jetsons WITH the 50th anniversary edition behind us, thoughts of fifty years of past history now turn towards the future and the next 50 years: what’s around the corner and what is over the horizon? As kids we used to watch the Jetsons on TV. The 1962 cartoon series by Hanna Barbera was a primetime sitcom on life in the future. Think of it as the Flinstones time travel forward into the space age and re-charactered as George, Jane, Judy and Elroy Jetson. Their world in Orbit City was depicted as a futuristic utopia featuring elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, whimsical inventions and believe it or not, home computers, cell phones, microwave ovens, people movers and the internet. George Jetson lives with his family in the Skypad Apartments which like…

3 min.
box 573 orewa letters

Always Tops AMAZING, but then again NZ Hot Rod was always a top car mag. When a school boy in 1959 my father brought home a American Hot Rod mag. He was into cars and racing and had a subscription to the English mag Autocar. In the ‘60s I bought the American Hot Rod mag most months and had painted on my school lunch box Tony Nancy’s white rear engine rail. In 1966 when I got my car licence I spent most weekends in the square to get my car fix in my 1930 Model A coupe. They were amazing times: the Hadley brothers ‘34, a ‘59 Ford which had a tiger tail hanging out the boot, Barry Livermore’s ‘32 roadster and Graeme Trillo’s MK 1 Zephyr ragtop were all there,…

5 min.
just in passing

Scale wire wheels SCALE modeller extraordinaire Grahame Berry is in the process of building two 1/12 scale Model A roadsters. Both are stockers, not hot rods, but this means an even higher level of detail is required because the cars are deluxe versions with twin spares, cowl lamps and all the extra bells & whistles. That means Grahame has to hand-make 12 wire wheels each containing 30 individual spokes: that’s 360 in total. Each spoke is made from 0.5mm brass rod and is connected to hand-made hubs and rims, also hewn from brass. But wait, there’s more! GB also made a set of 160 spoke wheels using 0.2mm (.008inch) stainless steel wire wheels for a Bugatti. He makes those authentic-looking tyres too and they’re complete with manufacturers name and tyre size…

1 min.
new arrivals

Freight Friendly IAN Coleman recently landed this ’64 Chevy C20 pickup from California via Chuck’s. It’s another great example of the popular early-to-mid sixties pickups and we can see why. There’s great style in their slab-sided silhouette and austere interiors. They drive well and can haul any amount of freight you choose, especially with a V8 and 4-speed under the hood! Avant-garde ALICIA Twohill just landed this ’51 International Metro via Chuck’s. The 6 cylinder, 3-speed workhorse came out of Texas and is part of a growing trend towards hot rodding vintage delivery trucks. This one is slated for an upgrade into an avant-garde promotional vehicle for a new business venture. Sounds like a really cool idea huh! Brought to you by For all GM restoration supplies.…

3 min.
gold rush

GRAHAM and Sonya Coates have been long-time participants of Muscle Car Madness since the real early days. Their blue custom 1939 Ford sedan has always been a common sight and living just over a mile away in Rangiora sure helps as well. The pickup was purchased many ‘light’ years back and was quite the “stop and go” project. Even well before purchasing the truck, like all of us, he had dreams. His real passion was the Rod and Custom “Dream truck” and over the years he spent a lot of time accumulating ideas for his very own dream truck. Many pictures of custom trucks were studied until the purchase of his truck which sadly looked nothing like any of them. His first mission was to have “Skinny” chop the roof and…

2 min.
cruise martinborough 2017

FOR the earlybirds this year’s event started on Wednesday 25th January at 6pm for a “Meet & Greet” at the local Martinborough Pukemanu Tavern, (Cruise Central) giving weary travellers a chance of grabbing a drink and a meal while chatting with other early entrants. On Thursday morning entrants got to sleep in and wash their cars in readiness for the first official day meeting at the Martinborough Rugby Grounds. The run left Cruise Domain winding its way through the square and out to the picturesque Lake Ferry to the south. Lunch and a live band were provided at Lake Ferry Hotel in a perfect atmosphere to soak up the sun while taking in the coastal views toward the Cook Straight and across to the south island. In the evening a drive-in…