Advancements in Modern technology have given us the ability to evolve into a more sophisticated way of life while easing the physical strain on our bodies as we strive to “build a better mouse trap.” This also rings true when it comes to retaining the traditional statue of our favourite vocation while combining the latest innovations into our hot rods and custom cars. We’ve seen advancements in chassis technology thanks to computer aided design (C.A.D) along with ECU run fuel injected motors allowing us to run strip and street at the touch of a button. Read More →
Chasing barn finds these days is becoming a challenging exercise especially when you don’t hail from the land of cool custom barn stored relics! But when you’re chasing down something as rare as a genuine 1941 Willys, it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack as Rob Monea can attest! “Just about every Willys in the states has been turned into a gasser. To find an original Willys in America that hasn’t been touched is almost impossible. In the forties when everyone came back from the war, all the kids wanted to go racing and this was about the only car that was for sale. Because all the other manufacturers closed down during the war and Willys stayed open to make the jeep, they also made this low buck piece of crap three window thing.
For those of us who have built our own cars, we know what a budget is. It’s that financial figure we conjure up after estimating the value of the build minus the chunk on top that we present to the department of war and finance in the hope we get the go ahead to build our dream machine knowing full well our estimated budget is set to be blown to smithereens in the process!
But not Dale, he’s right onto it especially since his skills and experience allows him to take care of the majority of the manual labour himself. Dale, a home renovator by day, has had no less than 26 automotive dream machines come through his garage seeing them leave in a better finish than when they arrived.
Do you remember the first cool ride that left an indelible impression on you as a young automotive enthusiast? Maybe they belonged to the older kid up the street or featured on the pages of an old hot rod magazine! Joe Borg does as it branded his mind like a Texan cattle ranch owner brands his cattle! “Starting my working career in the sixties as a young apprentice of sixteen, I had to catch the bus from Doveton to Rowville and across from the bus stop, there was browny black 32 or a 34 highboy hot rod running pressed metal cycle guards in someone’s front yard. I would just stare at it the whole time while waiting for the bus and the image just burned into the memory. To me, that car was hot rodding personified!”
Whilst many of the stories you’ll read throughout the vast library of issues of Cruzin magazine talk of the distances travelled of various American imports or of the far reaching extent owners have gone to purchase parts to finish their rods and customs, this story relates to a 61 year old classic that has spent it’s entire life close to its original birth place!
When your name is synonymous with all things elite, it’s only natural that you’ll attract a following of the highest standards especially when it comes to the field of automotive! Based on high quality build, engineering and detailing, ShowcarsMelbourne’s annual event held on the prestigious grounds of the Moonee Valley Racecourse always attracts a high standard of automotive excellence through the main gates.
ShowcarsMelbourne is now in its sixth year as a class leading automotive event having raised the bar each and every year to new heights! This year saw PPG sponsored showdown #6 bring together around 500 classic, custom and muscle cars as well as street rods along with an elite array of custom bikes amass inside the renowned racecourse’s grounds.
What’s a car enthusiast to do when he lives in a seaside town with a great golf course in seasonal Victoria and he knows his golf game consists of a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic? Rekindle that love affair of tinkering with old school cars and parts out back in the shed! Neil Harbison is one such guy who knew his golf game stunk and his spare time was better spent chasing spare parts for flathead motors than chasing little white balls out of sand bunkers!
Cruising into Queenscliff on Friday afternoon, one got the sense that this was going to be one of those weekends to remember going by the amount of cool rods, customs and classics cruising around! As I pulled into the sports oval, I was greeted by the colourful sight of mish-mashed rows of old school cool mixed with street elite! This was definitely the start of another huge annual Geelong Street Rodders’ Queenscliff Rod Run! with over 600 entries booked in, it could be nothing less than spectacular!
Beer and a barbie traditionally fires up the weekend as it makes for a great opportunity to meet and greet while also collecting your goodies bag from the temporary event central.
Sunny Melbourne weather greeted eager automotive enthusiasts and curious general public as they entered the esteemed Royal Exhibition Building grounds for the 52nd running of the Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Rides show organised annually by the long established VHRA committee. Read More →
The Big Bad Wolf social club is still in its infancy but is really starting to get traction amongst the hot rodders, car cruisers and rockabilly fans! I attended the final one for the year held at Sandown Park in Melbourne’s east. The movie for the night was a car lover’s classic, American Grafittii hence the 32, cop car and white Tbird on display out amongst the rods and rides.