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Hot-Rod Internet News – 11th September, 2000.(updated fortnightly)

We will keep you informed of any upcoming news on these pages so please check back. We will be updating every Monday. Our aim is to make this site ‘The home of Australian Hot Rodding on the Net’
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Lots of updates
This week we have updated many of the pages on Hot Rod Internet. More specifically the events page and the tours pages, which continue to grow. The links pages have an additional feature this week, you can add and classify your own links on the NEW! links page, so you no longer have to wait to get your site listed. Every so often I’ll be moving these into the main links database.

Lots of updates
This week we have updated many of the pages on Hot Rod Internet. More specifically the events page and the tours pages, which continue to grow. The links pages have an additional feature this week, you can add and classify your own links on the NEW! links page, so you no longer have to wait to get your site listed. Every so often I’ll be moving these into the main links database.

New Staff Car
Dave has just purchased a 1946 Ford Sedan, black with blue flames. First up will be an engine re-build (302 windsor) and some new red flames. This is one of the cars that will be used to promote Hot-Rod Internet over the upcoming rodding season, so look out for it at some of the events that you attend. We’ll have some photos up soon. Welcome also to our newest member site, Simon Muntz’s Street Rods and Accessories at http://www.streetrod.com.au, just one page at the moment but a lot more to follow. Greg is busy doing a major update on the links pages these should be online in about a week. We are very pleased to announce that we have been able to negotiate a very attractive virtual hosting deal, just $150 per annum! Saving our existing clients $125 as they change over from our old package. This new service offers all the features of the old at a much reduced cost. Email us now for more information!

Welcome!
We would like to welcome those new member companies who currently have sites under development. These include, High Performance CoatingsSpecial Interest AutosOZXididit Chassis and lilow Front EndsBill Thompson Auto RubberVictorian Performance WarehouseHot Rod Hardware and Lewis Chassis Works. These sites will be completed over the coming months.

Hot Rod Tour
With the hot rod season just around the corner here in Oz we’ve been getting a few enquires from international and interstate visitors about what to see and where to go. So we’ve started a page of Hot Rod Tours. We’ve begun with Victoria and will extend this to the other States over the coming months. We’d certainly be interested in your comments or anything we’ve left out. So drop us an email and tell us what you think. The next development is to provide some maps to compliment the lists of places to go.

More New Sites!
Rod Frames – Specialises in replacement chassis rails for 1928 -1931 A Models Fords
Simota – Air Intake systems and aluminimum wings.

New Sites, Hot Rod Heaven & Automania
Hot Rod Heaven specialise in Hot Rods for hire for Weddings and Special Occassions. You can find them at www.hotrodheaven.com.au

Automania can be found at www.automania.com.au They sell a huge range of gifts hobbies and collectables for the Hot-Rodder and car nut.

Recent Sites, Hi-Tech Hotrods & Antique Tyres
Hi-Tech Hotrods is one of our latest member sites. Based in Castlemaine, Victoria, they specialise in manufacturing the sweetest ’34 Standard and Deluxe grilles you will ever see. They also cater for most aspects of hot-Rod building. Check out Hi-Tech Hotrods.

Antique Tyre Service are another business to get online at www.antiquetyres.com.au. They are based in Melbourne and specialise in whitewall and classic tyres for restored cars and hot-rods.  Hot Rod Hardware, a Melbourne based business specialising in Repro Hot-Rod parts is nearly ready and will be up soon!

HyPerformance Car & Bike Show
Greg was there and snapped off 60 photos of some of the action. With very little mainstream media this event still managed to pull a reasonable crowd. Interestingly there was a lot of older (40ish) people coming to have a look. A few Hot Rods, lots of Harleys and more Commodores and Falcons than you could poke a stick at. If you missed the Summer Nats this was probably the next best thing.

ASRF Web Site Archive
The National Library of Australia have requested from Greg permission to archive the ASRF website, as they consider it to be of National significance. “To be selected for national preservation, a significant proportion of a work should be about Australia or be on a subject of social, political, cultural, religious, scientific; or economic significance and relevance to Australia and be written by an Australian author; or be written by an Australian of recognised authority and constitute a contribution to international knowledge.”
This is very much an honour and a privledge as “Organisational and personal sites are selected on a very limited basis.” and is fantastic recognition of the work put in not only buy Greg as Webmaster but also the ASRF National Secretaries and all those that have contributed to the newsletter.
You can check it out at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pandora/

New Clients
Greg has picked up two new clients from the Australian Automotive Trade Fair. We are pleased to announce that Victorian Performance Warehouse and High Performance Coatings will in the not too distant future have, for the very first time their own websites.

Events Page
The Events page has just received an major update. Now featuring a full twelve months of events. As we become aware of more events we’ll be adding them.

Nostalgia Drags
Held on Sunday 14th May at Calder Park Raceway for Rods, Customs and Nostalgia Drag Racers. Greg was there, check out his over 100 pictures!.

The 24th Australian Automotive Trade Fair
Greg was there and here’s some details and photos of rods from at the show

Victorian State Rod Run
Greg did make it to the Run for the Sunday, here’s a bit of a report and some photos of the rods at the Show ‘n Shine on the Sunday

Castlemaine Swap Meet 
The Castlemaine Swap Meet was held on Sunday 9th April, 2000 at the Camp Reserve in Castlemaine. There were over 450 sites offering a vast range of parts and again lots of collectables. Not a great deal of cars for sale though except later models. There were lots of people in Castlemaine on the Saturday night and most camped at the swap meet   grounds or stayed in one of our many Bed and Breakfasts or Accommodation Venues. (Go to the Mt Alexander Accommodation Guide if you want to find somewhere to stay when visiting Castlemaine). There are some great pubs and restaurants in town and many did a good trade but there was very little cruising. Chris Soldatos had his tuff 33 Ford Roadster out and Donna cruised in her 59 Caddy as well (back on the road after a trans rebuild). We also saw a 55 Chev pickup, 36 Ford chopped coupe and an A roadster but not much else. Both Donna and Chris won prizes at the show on Sunday so the cruising was worthwhile! Next year we hope to have something organised for the Saturday so stay tuned. Greg also made it to the swap but the rod was home with carby problems. He still managed to take more than 50 photos of some of the rods, classics and customs on the oval.

Ballarat Swap Meet 
Was held on the weekend of Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February. This is Australia’s largest swap meet and definitely worth the trip. We did not end up getting there due to unforeseen circumstances but have heard it was huge. Everyone we have spoken to said it was a good weekend but not a lot of bargains to be had unless you wanted to buy a late model car.

Dry Lakes Racers 
The DLRA held their annual speed week at lake Gairdner in South Australia between Monday 6th and Friday 10th March. Greg has put up some pictures and information at the DLRA site. Click here to see it.   From all accounts it was another successful week of racing with a few new records set.

Victorian Hot-Rod Show
The Victorian Hot-Rod Show was held on the 23rd January at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Greg has some photos up already at Hot Rods Downunder and we will have some photos here soon! We already have a trophy winners list available here.  The quality of cars continues to rise and the best would be as good as anywhere else in the world including the U.S.A.  

Reproduction 34 Chev Pickups
Gary Wrench is still refining the repro 34 Chev Pickup. The body is now set up for early Toyota Hi-Lux chassis rather than the Nissan 720 ute chassis. The Toyota has a number of advantages in that they are much more common, very cheap and have Ford 5 stud pattern already! You would be able to retain the Toyota running gear or update to a later Toyota or other engine. Gary bought a wrecked VN Commodore and has fitted the 3.8 litre V6 Holden (Buick) engine and box in, along with seats, wiring etc. He also fitted a Torana front end, which is a simple task. More details are available from Gary Wrench (03 5655 1946). This will be an easy and relatively cheap way to enter the sport of Hot-Rodding. We have seen these early Toyota utes between $100 and $900. Many farmers have them sitting in paddocks! The body complete with guards, grille shell & running boards will cost $6000. If you could do most of your own work you could be on the road for around $10,000. More to follow on this soon including pictures.

Hot-Rod Vendors Page
We have added a ‘Vendors’ section, listing as many of the Hot-Rod related businesses and contact details as possible. We have included those who do not have a web site also, with normal phone and snail mail details. If you contact any of these vendors please make sure you tell them where you found them so that we can convince more businesses to get onto the net.

Links Pages
Greg has been busy updating the links pages to make them even more comprehensive than they already were. You could spend weeks going through these links and still not see them all.

Australian Street Rodding column.
Greg is now writing a regular column for Australia’s only specialist Hot-Rodding magazine Australian Street Rodding. He will be listing some of the many great web sites from Australia and around the world, as well as introducing and explaining the benefits of the Internet to the average Hot-Rodder who may not understand what the Internet can do for him. You can help by inviting your friends and clubmates around to show them how easy it is to use the Internet and introduce them to cyberspace or email Greg with any suggested sites to review.

Coming soon
For information on how to join Hot-Rod Internet see our join page. In the  future we will be constantly expanding the site.  If you have any further ideas or suggestions please email us. We will soon be available as free “Guest Speakers” for car club meetings and events to explain how the internet can benefit Hot-Rodders. At the present time this will be in Victoria only. More details to follow soon.

Make Hot-Rod Internet your start page
You can make Hot-Rod Internet your start up page by following the directions here. We have included links to popular search engines and email providers along with a list of Hot-Rod Internet Members. If you are a Hot-Rodder our home page is a great place to start surfing from! Contact us and let us know if there is anything we should add.

General News
There are so many events on at the moment (see our events page) that it is impossible to get to all. We also have our club list up. Please see if your club is listed and let us know if it is not, or if details are incorrect.