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Australia has a proud tradition of custom built hot rods and drag racing. Our magazine celebrates the history of street rodding, telling its story in a unique truly Australian way. Our country is full of fiercely talented street rod fanatics, and legendary drag racing professionals, the aim of this magazine is to bring you their stories.

Further your interest in hot rods and learn a thing or two along the way with stories and articles about the industry legends, accompanied by incredible photographs of their custom built machines. So what are you waiting for? Take out a subscription today and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Australian hot rodding.

Our Hot Rod Team

Our team consists of a small group of street rod enthusiasts with plenty of experience behind the wheel. Made up of talented writers and photographers, our team strives to bring you inspiring and engaging journalism about custom built street rods and drag racing in Australia. Our team is committed to bringing you the most important and up to date industry news to ensure you stay in the loop.

The issues of our magazine cover the best hot rodding and drag racing in Australia. In each issue you’ll find history, stories, interviews, tips, and the latest news from the show circuit. From the best racers and hot rods in Australia to the weekend hobbyists who custom build their own machines, we cover every aspect of the culture.

Here you can find back issues, purchase the latest copy of the magazine, take out a subscription and sign up to our free mailing list for the latest industry news and exclusive offers. For more information on taking out a subscription to Australia’s favourite hot rod magazine, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Melbourne turned on its best weather for the launch of AHR#6 and hot rodders came from near and far to join in the fun. Peter Ingram, then owner of the fabulous ’32 tub on the cover drove down from Albury, Michael McLachlan made the journey down from Wagga, while others came from all over Melbourne. Leigh Priggens’ old school ’32 coupe took centre stage. Among other cars seen at the event were Doug Smith’s sharp new ’34 coupe, Ron Smith’s recently acquired ’32 coupe, and Jason Davin’s cool Model A coupe.

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Thursday, October 06, 2016


As has become tradition with the launch of each new issue of Australian Hot Rodder we are calling all hot rodders to the launch of AHR #6.

AHR #6 is jam-packed with entertaining features and fabulous photography on great Australian hot rods, pioneering hot rodders, and drag racers.

The event will be held at The Rubber Connection, Factory 6, 355-365 South Gippsland Hwy, Dandenong South on Saturday, October 15 and we are expecting a large turnout of hot rods, customs, and classic cruisers.

Bring along your favourite ride and meet the people who put Australian Hot Rodder out.

It all starts at 10.00 am and will wrap up around 2.00 pm.

The Bay Rodders will be running a sausage sizzle on the day, and drinks will be available.

Copies of AHR #6 will be available to purchase at the launch, along with copies of earlier issues in case you’ve missed any.

For more information call AHR on 0409 705 062, or The Rubber Connection on 03 9799 1012.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

With the shipment now on its way from the printers we thought it timely to give you a look at the many features in AHR #6.

The journey that began as AHR #5 was being sent out to our loyal readers has been a long one, but we think it’s been worthwhile as we’ve been able to assemble a fine collection of features on some of the most interesting characters and finest cars in Australian hot rodding.


There are few more iconic Australian hot rods than Peter Swift’s T-bucket. Built back in the early ’60s when hot rodding was just finding its feet in this country, Swifty built a standout car that inspired a legion of aspiring young hot rodders to get into the hobby. We sat down with Swifty and listened as he told us his tale firsthand.


The tourer has never been the most popular body style with hot rodders, most preferring coupes or roadsters, but Peter Ingram showed how good a tourer, or tub, could be when he built his beautiful black Deuce tub in the late- ’80s. Pete took the time to tell us how it came to be, and its tale of traveling to America and back again.


No one did more to spread the word about hot rodding in Australia than Eddie Ford. Eddie and his mate Jeff Dellow started Custom Rodder magazine in 1967. It was the first Australian hot rod magazine published by hot rodders with a passion for the new and exciting hobby. Eddie and Jeff took the time to tell us how the magazine came about.


You don’t see many hot-rodded Dodge Victory Six coupes, but Paul Body and Stewart Campbell created one very slick hot rod with a very traditional character.


Bob Hamilton and his Model A bucket were larger than life parts of the fledgling Sydney hot rod scene in the 1960s. David Cook managed to sit down with Hamilton who told us how it was back then.


George Kotevich is best known for the channelled ’32 roadster he owned in the 1960s. Gary Wright originally built the historic roadster but sold it to George in the late 1960s. It became even more famous after George rebuilt it. George’s current Model A ride is reminiscent of that great old hot rod and he tells us all about it.


Old Holdens were as cheap as chips in the 1960s and customised early models were a common sight on our roads. It’s rare today to see these old cars, but Michael Pearson has managed to create the vibe with his custom beauty.


Ross Supple loves the challenge of bringing a rusty old Ford back to life as a bright new hot rod. As he told us when we went to visit him he’s been doing just that for years, and there’s no sign of him slowing any time soon.


There’s nothing better than an old school style ’32 coupe and Leigh Priggen has perfectly captured that old-time feel with his freshly built Hemi-powered Deuce.


Greg Goddard built and raced what is widely regarded as Australia’s first dragster when he competed in his flathead-powered rail at the races staged at Pakenham in the late 1950s.


Len Case can’t go anywhere in his red T-bucket without coming home with a trophy. It simply stands out from the crowd and attracts attention every time he takes it out.

To order your copy, click here, or phone 0409 705 062 now.


Saturday, February 06, 2016

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Tasmanian hot rodding legend, Andy Morris. Australian hot rodding lost one of its true giants when Andy passed away on the evening of Monday, February 1 after a long battle with illness. Andy will long be remembered for his quirky approach to hot rodding, and his ability to make anything and everything, often from what other people would have thrown away. His Model A tourer was a tour-de-force of engineering excellence with its unique suspension, V8 engine and for Andy’s use of his AM initials all over it. Some laughed at it when he first brought it to mainland hot rod runs in the early 1970s, but those who were game enough to go for a ride with him returned understanding that it was special. I feel privileged to have been able to sit down with him in his shed in Cooee and interview him for the story on his life in hot rodding we published in Issue #3. The time I was able to spend with him was very special; even though he was clearly ailing he readily gave us his time and an insight into his unique approach to hot rodding. RIP Andy, you’ll be sorely missed.

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