It is not, and never has been a boutique style mag aimed at
a particular niche.
Each month you don’t know whether the feature cars will be
high-tech, nostalgic or race cars.
Many of the features and technical articles which have
appeared in HRM have been used by other publishers around the
These have included other rod mags, corporate magazines and
in a couple of cases, technical bulletins for training company
The tech features have included everything from the
manufacture of coil springs to air filter technology, and you
never had to be a rocket scientist to understand them.
So there we have it, an insight into a magazine,which to me
is far more than just cars.
Sure there were probably 3,000 cars that had full features
done on them but more importantly, since 1967, the magazine has
recorded a culture and a social history which so many people
have experienced a part of.
Historians will one day analyse the letter sent by the ANZAC
soldier from Pukekohe serving in Vietnam.
They may never figure out just how the Queen of England and
Duke of Edinburgh came about inspecting a hot rod display in
Napier (July ‘73 mag) and in the sixties’ issues you’ll see
photos of prizegivings where the recipients are all dressed in
suits and ties.
To Rob, Owen, and all who’ve contributed to the magazine,
thanks for the mem-ories.
To Paul and Liz Grace, you’re now the caretakers of this
Kiwi icon and I for one will continue to support you in
producing a magazine that I really look forward to receiving