Then of course there’ve been all the people who kept us up
with the play on the Street Rod Nationals their club/s were
Some years the Street Nats Preview columns may have only run
for two or three months, but always good to read whether you
were attending or not.
The most ambitious by far was the five Wellington area clubs
who instigated Project 34 in conjunction with their staging of
the ‘92 Nats in Masterton.
Project 34 was launched in the Feb 1991 issue of HRM and was
a two-fold assignment, first to promote the Street Nats and
secondly to showcase the build-up of a street rod conforming to
new Ministry of Transport reg’s aimed at low volume
Danny Neilson and Darryl Gates were the project
In the Sept 1991 issue it was announced that Project 34 was
to be the Lucky Door Prize at their ‘92 Nats.
One hell of an incentive to attend!
The rod’s build-up concluded in the June ‘92 issue with a
colour pin-up, a review of the 16-month project, and announcing
the winner, Karen Cursons of Upper Hutt.
She is still the registered owner of the rod today.
The magazine itself did produce a number of their own
The first, in 1971, was a ‘63 Renault Caravelle built to
demonstrate how easy it was to modify and customise a car in
It may seem an unusual choice of model but it avoided any
It was in neutral territory.
Someone thought it was quite cool because it was even stolen
from outside the magazine office.
Project Compact which first appeared in August ‘75 explained
how to build a low-buck fast V8 sedan with superior
November ‘77 was the first issue featuring their Street
Machine Safety Theme based on a ‘73 Chrysler Regal coupe.
This was the era of the Starsky and Hutch look-alikes, but
the project concentrated on comfort and superior handling, as
well as power.
The biggie was Project T, first appearing in the January ‘73
This project would have inspired more people to build a hot
rod than anything else in the country.
The likes of Wild Honey and Vandal would have created a huge
desire among many, but Project T actually showed you how to
The step-by-step guide to building a T-bucket would have
been the catalyst for the majority of buckets built in NZ.
The magazine developed a two-leaf plan and guide, and mailed
out nearly 900 sets over the years.
In August ‘77 issue the T plans were updated under the
heading “Project T Revival”.
Project T became “Project Track Roadster”with smallblock
Plymouth in the November ‘78 issue.
The longest build-up series of them all was ‘ReinCarnation’
of a ‘39 deluxe Ford coupe, running through 52 issues from
August ‘93 to May ‘98.
Originally Rob’s,it went to Ken Logan a mile away in Red
Beach, Hibiscus Coast, 21 years to the month from when Rob beat
Ken to buying it.
They’d been close friends all that time and still are.
It’s typical of so many liaisons.
Today Rob realises that the magazine is apart from the norm
of publications, which generally produce a title to the unknown
This is most likely because the mag has always been a single
publishing concern run by rodders for rodders and drag racers
plus customisers in our small dominion.
“It’s the opposite of others” Rob reckons, “because we’ve
never been a publisher-to-reader syndrome. We are a
On the subject of plans, the Aug 68/Sept 68 issues had a
four-page article on how to build an Altered on a budget.
Dec 68/Jan 69 magazine contained scale drawings for an
in-line 4 or 6 cylinder dragster,followed by plans for a V6 or
V8 dragster in March‘69 magazine.
Just what you need today to build a Nostalgia front engined
The features all had brilliant illustrations by Rob
Campbell, which have a style very similar to that of Art
Makes you wonder if they may be the same person. People have
been able to subscribe to HRM from day one.
The second issue contained a sub form that entitled you to
six issues for eighteen shillings,post-free.
The magazine has never been retailed outside of NZ except
for a brief flirtation in the late seventies to Australia.
But current subscribers are throughout Australia, Ireland,
England, Bahrain, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, USA, Canada,
and a number of European countries and around the South Pacific
Subscribers are not necessarily all expat Kiwis, but folks
who enjoy reading a magazine which has a point of difference
from all other hot rod titles.