All articles in ‘Motoring’

NZCMRR Classic Festival Pukekohe

1-2 Feb 2020

The Classic Motorcycle Festival is set to be bigger than ever this February. Last year, 3,500 racers and spectators descended on the famous racetrack in Pukekohe in the first week of February. Over 300 racing machines from the 1940’s through to the 1…

Wild Bunch is back!

by Greg Stokes

Cast your mind back to the late eighties/early nineties at Champion Dragway (now Meremere Dragway), a new class of quarter mile drag racing was sweeping the nation – WILD BUNCH! This class essentially took the street appearing two door saloon car and stu…

Lawson Home After Another Starring Year in Europe

Pukekohe motor racing star Liam Lawson has returned home from another successful season in Europe, where he finished runnerup in the Euroformula Open (EFO) championship and won the Rookie of the year title. Lawson was signed by the Red Bull Junior progra…

The Greatest Years of Formula One Racing

Wigram Memories 1967–70

by David Child-Dennis

The late 1960s saw the best pre-Formula One racing this country has ever experienced. Racing took place over January, during the European winter, giving the Formula One teams a chance to test new chassis and suspension systems prior to the upcoming Europ…

Meeting Our Heroes

by Greg Stokes

At the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California back in January it was an honour for us to meet Jim "Jake" Jacobs who was the other half of Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Parts which GMS Hot Rods are dealers for. Pete & Jakes were founded in 1973 shor…

Road Trippin USA

by Greg Stokes

50th NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky Four guys from New Zealand recently did a whirlwind trip to the USA in August for the 50th NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Leaving cooler temperatures behind in New Zealand’s winte…

Glitz and Glamour

Teng Tools Grand National Rod and Custom Show

by Greg Stokes

Due to the 3M sponsored visit of internationally renowned automotive customizer Chip Foose, this year’s CRC Speedshow was set to go off the hook. There were so many attractions to the show which kept the increased public numbers entertained all day. The …

Chip Foose at the CRC Speedshow

Fuel your passion – meet Chip!

by Greg Stokes

The annual CRC Speedshow has become New Zealand’s premiere automotive event which caters for all things automotive related and everything in between. This year’s event is sure to be a very memorable one with the guest appearance of renowned USA automotiv…

The metal artist

A look into the world of Mike Roberts

by Greg Stokes

In the automotive world and in particularly in New Zealand, we have our fair share of artists. To be more precise, these artists can work sheetmetal into beautiful art forms as they restore, recreate or design their own automotive fantasy. Allow me to in…

The Endless Summer

by Greg Stokes

A selection of great events from the 2019 car season. As I write this, we are staring down the deep barrel into winter, day light saving has passed and I’m reflecting on how good the summer car season has been. It seemed like it was never going to end an…

Waiuku Steel 'n' Wheels Festival 2019

Sunday 12 May, 10am–2pm

The motor's running so belt yourself in for a great ride! Steel 'n' Wheels Festival 2019 is hot on our heels. Put it on your calendar and don't miss it. Waiuku Steel ‘n’ Wheels Festival 2019, Sunday May 12th, 10am-2pm The motor's running so belt yo…

Rebel Round Up Goes Off!

by Greg Stokes

If it isn’t broke then don’t fix it and that was the formula for this year’s annual Rebel Round Up at Pukekohe Park Raceway back in February. The organisers tweaked and adjusted things for a smooth running event but the recipe was the same. Fun with ol…

Calling Juniors

Meremere Dirt Track Need Race Car Drivers!

In years gone by, it has been a rite of passage for many New Zealand Kids to watch mesmerised trackside, Hot dog on a stick in hand, while custom and hand built road cars race round an oval dirt track, in all or nothing, guts and glory type racing that i…

As Good As It Gets

The 70th Grand National Roadster Show, Pomona, C.A.

by Greg Stokes

The world’s longest running indoor show celebrated its 70th birthday over the last weekend of January 2019 in Pomona, California, USA. The Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) didn’t just turn 70; it also enjoyed a very high attendance due to the diver…

And The Winner Is...

Hot Rods

by Greg Stokes

The automotive hobby is an interesting one with it being a big melting pot of people and so many interesting vehicles. We have featured Bob Neville’s “Lucky 17” Ford Model A boat tail speedster before but it’s worth talking about again. The neat little c…

Rebel Roundup is Back!

Saturday 16 Feb 2019 at Pukekohe Park Raceway

by Greg Stokes

If last year’s Rebel Round Up event was anything to go by, this year’s one will be equally successful. The hot rod and custom car themed event tips its hat to the whole culture around it celebrating days gone by with live bands, retro fashion and of cour…

Farewell Top Fuel

by Greg Stokes

In recent years, primarily at Meremere Dragway, New Zealand drag racing fans have been treated to some of the most extraordinary Top Fuel drag racing thanks to Marsh Motorsport and Mount Shop. Top Fuel is the highest ranked form of drag racing with nitro…

Rodfather Rob, R.I.P.

Rob Campbell (17 Jul 1938–17 Sep 2018)

by Greg Stokes

New Zealand Hot Rod Magazine’s Rob Campbell passed away 17th of September 2018. Rob Campbell, to me earned his title “Rodfather Rob” due to his influential role in the formation of organised hot rodding in New Zealand. New Zealand Hot Rod Magazine’s Rob …

The Roaring Years

Remembering the Golden Years of Pukekohe Park Raceway

by Greg Stokes

Ask any Pukekohe local and they will have fond memories of the golden years of motor racing at Pukekohe Park Raceway. The venue has hosted many globally renowned motor racing drivers over the years and many local heroes have started out from club level r…

Time Traveller

Bob Neville’s 1928 Model A Ford Boat Tail Racer

by Greg Stokes

Nostalgia is a yearning for the past or an appreciation for all thing’s old. Bob Neville’s “Lucky 17” 1928 Model A Ford Boat Tail racer is all of that and so much more. For anyone with the slightest interest in all things automotive, Bob’s tribute to the…