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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.

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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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A LOOK INSIDE AHR#6

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A LEGEND LOST

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.

AHR #5 OFFICIAL LAUNCH

Monday, November 16, 2015

It’s become tradition that each new issue of Australian Hot Rodder is launched with an official function, and #5 is no different.

This year’s event will be held at The Rubber Connection in South Dandenong and the indications are that it will be special.

Joe Pirotta has agreed to bring The Crimson Pirate along. It will be the first time Joe has showed his iconic hot rod in public since the launch of AHR #1 at his factory.

The Crimson Pirate was featured on the cover of AHR #1. It was also on the cover of the first issue of Eddie Ford’s Custom Rodder magazine way back in 1967.

Along with The Crimson Pirate there will be another Pirotta classic, this one the wildly customised Customline of Charlie Pirotta that he dubbed Dazzle.

John Gladwell now owns Dazzle, and he has agreed to give it a rare outing by bringing it along on the day of the launch. Dazzle is one of the cars featured in AHR #5.

Another feature car from AHR #5 to be at the launch is the beautiful Apple Green highboy Deuce Tudor of Steven Alldrick.

The launch starts at 10.00 and will wrap up at 2.00 pm at The Rubber Connection, Factory 6/355-365, South Gippsland Hwy, Dandenong South, VIC.

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

Copies of AHR #5 will be available to purchase at the launch, along with copies of earlier issues in case you missed out.

AUSTRALIAN HOT RODDER #5 – OUT NOW!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Australian Hot Rodder #5 has landed and is now available for sale. On the cover we feature Mark Koster’s stunning bare metal ’34 Plymouth coupe.

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Mark Koster had ideas of painting his rare Hemi-powered ’34 Plymouth coupe in gold metalflake, but it looked so good in bare metal that he decided to leave it that way. The eye-popping result is there for all to see in our fabulous photos.

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No one has done more in hot rodding than Eddie Ford. After discovering hot rodding in the 1950s Eddie built his first hot rod, a ’34 Ford coupe, then travelled to the other side of the world to hot rodding’s heartland in the 1960s where he met many of the legendary figures of American hot rodding.

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Mike Davidson was a teenager when he was attracted to salt lake racing and the idea of being the fastest in the world. His quest is to be the fastest ever flathead racer with his twin-flathead V8-powered streamliner that is being dialled in to go better than 300 mph.

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Kathleen Alldrick dreamt of driving a ’32 Ford coupe, but husband Steven reckoned a Tudor would be more practical for a young married couple with plans for a family. Steven built the sweet Tudor the way he believed Henry Ford would have done it.

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Charlie Pirotta spent 30 years transforming his ’56 Customline into a dazzling piece of rolling artwork. Night after night he would work away in his shed crafting the hundreds of pieces of polished, chromed and bejewelled adornments that make his car such a unique custom.

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Watching American Graffiti with his daughter Jane inspired Peter Leech to build a car in the image of John Milner’s classic movie car, but do it better.

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Peter Eames has never bothered about the badge on the cars he’s chosen to turn into hot rods. We track the build and life of the ‘Green Hornet’, one of our most enduring hot rods, the ’34 Chev bucket Eames built in the 1960s.

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More than 50 years ago South Australian Bill Wickes took a solid old Model A roadster and turned it into a hot rod. It’s just as appealing today as it was in the 1960s.

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In the 1970s Neville Anderson endured dirt, dust, breakdowns and crashes in his ’34 Ford coupe just to get to the Narrandera Nationals from his Perth home. Despite the trials and tribulations of a long life on the road Neville’s coupe is still going strong.

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There was no drag strip in South Australia in 1962 when Alf Mullins and Ian Bell built their blown Chrysler rail and lifted drag racing to a new level of performance. The arrival of the Mullins and Bell rail inspired drag racing legend Eddie Thomas to greater heights of performance.

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The first national drag racing titles were held at Fishermens Bend in Melbourne 50 years ago and a young Melbournian driving a six-cylinder Holden-powered rail beat all comers to emerge the winner.

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  • Australian Hot Rodder 05

    Australian Hot Rodder #05

    Australian Hot Rodder #5 has landed and is now available for sale. On the cover we feature Mark Koster’s stunning bare metal ’34 Plymouth coupe.

  • Australian Hot Rodder 04

    Australian Hot Rodder #04

    Issue #4 of Australian Hot Rodder captures the essence of Australian Hot Rodding through in-depth features and great photography of some of the best hot rods ever built in this country and the people behind them.

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