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