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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.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

After signing off the colour proofs of the new Australian Hot Rodder #6 we’ve given the printer the green light to fire up the presses.

Peter Ingram's beautiful black '32 Deuce tub, one of the sharpest hot rods built in this country

The front cover of AHR #6 features Peter Ingram’s beautiful black ’32 Deuce tub, one of the sharpest hot rods built in this country. Our feature plots the stunning tub’s build and then follows its journey across the Pacific to its new California home and back again.

Peter Swift's legendary T-bucket

Peter Swift’s legendary T-bucket is featured on the back cover. Built in the early 1960s, Swifty’s bucket inspired many young hot rodders in the formative years of the hobby in this country.

Len Case was one of those young hot rodders who was
inspired by Swifty's T-bucket

Len Case was one of those young hot rodders who was inspired by Swifty’s T-bucket after seeing it in 1965 at the first Victorian Hot Rod Show. It took 40 years or more for him to finally realise his dream, but the result is worth it. We chronicle the story of his trophy-winning bucket.

Leigh Priggen set out to build a new hot rod

When Leigh Priggen set out to build a new hot rod, it had to be steel and it had to have an old-time feel. The result is this very cool Hemi-powered five-window Deuce coupe.

But we didn’t stop there, AHR #6 is jam-packed with features on Eddie Ford’s landmark Custom Rodder magazine, Paul Body’s art deco era Dodge Victory 6 coupe, George Kotevich’s sweet Model A roadster, Michael Pearson’s early Holden custom, plus the exploits of Bob Hamilton and Greg Goddard.

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.


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.


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.

Order your copy now by heading to, or give us a call at 0409 705 062

Australian Hot Rodder #5 - ADVANCED COPIES HERE!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Just in – we received the advanced copies of Australian Hot Rodder #5 last week for approval, and it looks great.

The printer has done a great job and we gave him our tick of approval to go ahead and ship the bulk quantity of magazines.

The cover with Mark Koster’s bare metal ’34 Plymouth coupe dramatically shot at night in a back alley in inner Melbourne came up a treat.

Koster’s beautiful hot rod is just one of the fabulous cars featured in Issue #5 of Australian Hot Rodder.

As well as the Plymouth we feature Flat Attack, Mike Davidson’s twin-flathead powered salt lake streamliner. The South Australian is aiming to reset the existing benchmark for flathead-powered cars by going in excess of 305 mph in this beautifully built racer.

We also document the life and times of Eddie Ford, arguably the Australia’s most influential hot rodder. In the first part of our story on Eddie we look at his early hot rods, the channelled ’34 coupe he built in the early 1960s, and the ’32 three-window coupe he built later in the ’70s.

If that’s not enough there are also features on Neville Anderson’s ’34 coupe, Bill Wickes’ Model A roadster, Peter Eames shorty ’34 Chev bucket, Charlie Pirotta’s dazzling ’56 Customline, Peter Leech’s ’32 coupe, the ’32 Tudor of Steven and Kathleen Alldrick, the Mullins & Bell blown Chrysler rail, and Jack “Fizzball” Collins, the winner of the first national drag racing title.

Now that the shipping has been approved we expect to have copies available for sale within the next few weeks.

As soon as they arrive we’ll be busy sending them out to everyone who has pre-ordered the magazine.

To order your copy, go to, or phone 0409 705 062

Australian Hot Rodder #5 SNEAK PEEK

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Australian Hot Rodder # 5 is nearing completion and will soon be sent to the printers. We’re currently reviewing the colour proofs before giving the printer the go-ahead to print, but before we do we thought we’d let you see what you’re in store for when it goes on sale in the coming weeks.

The cover features Mark Koster’s stunning bare metal ’34 Plymouth. The Melbourne hot rodder wanted something different and we can only say that he more than achieved his goal with his beautiful old-style Hemi-powered Mopar coupe.

Featured inside is the first instalment of our story on pioneering hot rodder and publisher, Eddie Ford. We chronicle Eddie’s start in hot rodding way back in the 1950s, and journey through the adventure of building two of his best known and loved hot rods, his channelled ’34 coupe and the ’32 coupe he swapped for a ’33 tourer with American hot rodder, Fred Steele.

Peter Leech built his first hot rod, a channelled ’32 roadster, in the 1960s. He followed that up with this fabulous tribute to the movie, American Graffiti, with this beautiful ’32 coupe.

Dazzle was Charlie Pirotta’s dream machine. He worked on the ’56 Customline for 30 years, all the time adding to it as he created a unique piece of automotive artwork. Since his death the unique car has been to Canada and back again, and is now owned by John Gladwell, who remembers seeing the car in the 1960s.

Veteran Perth hot rodder Neville Anderson loves ’34 Fords, he’s owned dozens of them, and still has a few in his shed, but his favourite is the Dodge-powered five-window coupe he built in the 1960s and took to the first Nationals in Narrandera.

Peter Eames was never bound by the rule that says a hot rod has to be a Ford. His first hot rod, a bucket he built from a ’34 Chev tourer, is one of the great survivors having survived a fire as well as the ravages of time.

We haven’t forgotten drag racing’s place in hot rodding and look back at two of the great early drag racers.

It’s 50 years since the first National drag racing championship was run at Riverside in Melbourne and we caught up with Jack “Fizzball” Collins who told us how he managed to win the title at the wheel of a Holden six-cylinder powered rail.

Ian Bell and his mate, Alf Mullins, set the drag racing world alight in the early 1960s with their homebuilt Chrysler-powered rail.

Once the colour proofs are approved the printing can proceed and AHR #5 should soon be available.

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


Thursday, June 26, 2014

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 Australia and the people behind them.


Peter Leech was smitten by what he saw in the American hot rodding magazines in the early 1960s when he was in short pants and still going to school. He built his beloved channelled ’32 Ford roadster while still a teenager, then rebuilt it, again, and again, and again. Read about this remarkable hot rodder and his ever changing roadster.


Bob Bowman has been building hot rods for almost 50 years and he remains one of the most innovative hot rodders in the country. His latest hot rod a remarkable handcrafted Model A tub is a classic example of his creativity.


Before the Model A tub Bowman was best known for the Peppermint Pirate, the Model A Ford coupe he first built in the early 1970s. It grew out of a bunch of leftover bits to become one of our most memorable hot rods.


Warren Wilkie wowed everyone with his super sanitary Model A roadster at the first ASRF Nationals at Narrandera in 1973. Today, he builds superb traditional hot rods at his rod shop in Toowoomba. We feature his stunning ’36 Ford three-window coupe.


Pukka road racers were shocked to the core when a couple of unknowns in a humble ’34 Ford roadster blew them away to win the 1934 Victorian Centenary Grand Prix at Phillip Island in 1934.


Tasmanian Don Langdon originally rebuilt his ’35 Ford Phaeton from a rusty relic into a much-admired beauty latest rebuild on his classic.


The cackle scene is big news in America where old rails are being dusted off and demonstrated with their old school fire and fury in front of appreciative audiences all over the country. Ross Preen is Australia’s King of Cackle with his ex-John Maher racer.


Old time hot rodders say the best Nationals were the first at Narrandera in 1973. We take a nostalgic look back a time when hot rod get-togethers were all about having fun.


Malcolm Mountjoy couldn’t believe his ears when he was announced as the winner of the first ASRF Nationals raffle car at the Narrandera nationals in 1977. He still has the car today, and it’s as sharp as ever.


Leon Birss a thing for Henry’s Model T. He turned one into a trophy-winning beauty in the early 1960s, and after a spell away from the hobby has built another.


New South Welshman Brian Keegan was drag racing before we had any drag strips to race on. He is truly one of our drag racing pioneers.

Click here to order AHR #4

Post-Free Deal

Thursday, March 13, 2014


In a great new deal we’re offering our loyal readers the chance to buy their favourite magazine and save heaps.

When you buy two or more issues of Australian Hot Rodder we’ll now send them to you post-free. That’s right, there are no postage and handling charges when you order two or more magazines.

That’s a massive saving of $12 on two issues, and it’s even more if you buy more than two.

To take advantage of our great offer go to or phone 0409 705 062.


Work on AHR #4 is nearly completed and we hope to send it to the printer in the coming weeks.

In the course of the last few months we have travelled far and wide and talking to some of Australia’s top hot rodders for the stories featured in AHR #4.

We began in New South Wales where were fortunate enough to spend a few days with Bob Bowman, the builder of the legendary Peppermint Pirate Model A coupe back in the 1970s.

Bob still owns the Pirate and we couldn’t resist shooting it for a feature in our latest issue, and while we were there we just had to shoot his latest project, the Deluxe A tourer, which graces the cover of AHR #4.

The hand-built Deluxe tourer is a masterpiece of hot rodding ingenuity and Bob gave us the inside story on how it came to be and the enormous challenge in building it.

Anyone who was at the first ASRF Nationals in Narrandera in 1973 would remember Warren Wilkie’s sharp Model A roadster, the one that won the prestigious People’s Choice award.

We also travelled to Toowoomba in Queensland to check out Warren’s latest creation, a brilliant red ’36 Ford three-window coupe.

The coupe is a stunning example of the traditional hot rods Wilkie builds at his Toowoomba rod shop and he tells us how it happened.

We not only travelled north, we also went south, to Hobart in Tasmania where we caught up with Don Langdon and his reborn ’35 Ford tourer.

Langdon built the tourer back in the 1970s when it won the Top Tourer trophy at the ’77 Nationals, but he has since given the beautiful red rod a modern makeover that makes it even more stunning.

The ASRF Nationals are big business today, but in 1973 when they were first staged the focus was more on fun than finances. We sat down with the people involved in organising the first Nationals, and even revisited Narrandera to see what those early Nats were all about.

Malcolm Mountjoy thought he was the luckiest guy alive when his name was pulled out the hat to win the ’23 T-bucket on offer as the first ever raffle car at the 1977 Nationals.

The Bendigo hot rodder still owns the car and it is as sharp today as it was the day he won it.

As well as those great features we also have stories on Peter Leech’s love affair with the Deuce, Leon Birss’s Model T fascination, Ross Preen’s cackle car, and pioneering drag racer, Brian Keegan.

To ensure you get your copy of AHR #4:

Click here to order AHR #4

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