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2nd - 3rd VIC Whittlesea Swap, Show and Shine Enq. Andrew (BH) 03 9716 1863 or (AH) 03 9436 1814
3rd. NSW Central Coast Beach Run
3rd QLD Car Show and Swap Meet, Cooroy, Combined Coastal Car Club Enq. Julian 0418 213 247 or Vince 0417 797 420 Fax 07 5442 5411
7-9 NSW 26th Rod Run Street Rodders United Enq. Kevin 02 6337 3812
10th.-12th. NSW Street Rodders United Orange Run, Kevin McDiarmid 6337 3812 or Gordon Hallahan 6331 4296
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Last one for the Year I've had a chance to do some work on the tours section, adding pages for the Victorian State Rod Run, Queenscliff Rod Run, Wangaratta Rod Run and the Picnic in the Park at Mornington. The events page has also been updated with lots of new dates for 2002 events. We're happy to put this info online, as a freeby to the clubs. Just send us in your info and we'll make sure it gets up. This can be an ideal way of distributing flyers and entry forms, rather than the expense of posting out to all the clubs. Plus I've updated the links pages for all those that have requested links. Well that's it, see you all next year.
Merry Christmas Ho, Ho, Ho, maybe this year that little red roadster will be parked under the tree! From Dave and Greg here at Hot Rod Internet, we hope you have a safe and happy Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.
There may be one more update before the end of the year, just depending on what comes in. Greg's busy creating a new section all about building a hot rod, this should be on line early next year and will hopefully answer a few questions for those just starting out.
There's heaps more new links, the Rodders Forum is really starting to kick in and there's lots of good stuff for sale through the Swap Meet.
17/11/01 Klassik Kartoonz Welcome to the newest member of Hot Rod Internet Craig Sayers and his fantastic talent. I your looking for some unique custom artwork for a poster or T-shirt check out Craig's work at Klassik Kartoonz.
Greg's busy adding all the new links that have been submitted, these should be all online by the 20th.
12/11/01 Hot Rod Internet 2nd Anniversary Yes, they said we'd never make it .... Our 2nd anniversary. It's almost scary the time has gone so quickly! In this short time we have achieved everything we set out to do and some more. To all the Member sites thank you for the opportunity and we look forward bigger and better things in the new year. To all those that have emailed us, thanks for taking the time, we really appreciate it.
05/11/01 John's Picnic Both Dave and Greg were at the Picnic on the Sunday, along with what seemed to be every other petrol head in Oz. The place was packed with hot rods, customs muscle cars and street machines. Check it all out at Whilst on the subject Greg has been using Geocities for some time now for the ASRF and DLRA sites plus his own home pages. They are very easy to set up, have minimal advertising and are relatively quick. Fortunately / Unfortunately some of these sites have become so popular they have exceeded the download limits of 1Mb by 3 to 5 times that and consequently Geocities is restricting access to some of these pages. We have just negotiated some additional space with our friends at GRAFF Computing and hope to have all our pages on the new service soon.
08/10/01 It's almost Christmas! and some of our members are preparing their websites with all the latest goodies for the giving season. The Australian Pedal Car company has some exciting new stock coming in. Scale Automobilia have just secured a shipment of a new Victor Bray die cast replica of his current doorslammer. The Old Tin site has also undergone a revamp, one Dave's video's of his treks to the States would make ideal Christmas viewing for any hot rodder. PS were sorry that we were a bit light on for updates this month, Dave's daughter Katie had a hospital visit and Greg lost a near and dear relative. So family placed a big strain on our limited resources.
08/09/01 New Look Greg has been working on a new look for HRI. Most of this work has been related to the new menu and navigation which now incorporates Javascript and Cascading Style Sheets. From our statistics 98% of our visitors have javascript compatible browsers. I'm sure you'll agree the new menu is so easy to use and get around the site. What this means for us is that future changes will be quicker and easier.(Hopefully) As always if your not happy, let us know.
27/08/01 Good Weekend Greg went to the All Makes Swap meet at the Fresh Center here in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon. Absolutely packed, there were more stalls and a bigger crowd than what is normally there for an all day Sunday meet. Although not that many people walking around with stuff in their hands.
Just received some fantastic photos from Ken Smith of the Goodguys West Coast Nationals that were on over the weekend, and some more photos from Nick Darling of the Cars in the Park event in South Africa.
Welcome to our newest member, Classic Mustang and Rod Stop. They can supply most of the parts you need for your rod, as well they build their own 28 - 40 chassis for your next project.
05/08/01 New Features Now that the Forum is up and running, there are a couple of new features that were currently working on to make Hot Rod Internet even better. But we'd also like to know if there is anything that you would like to see or change for that matter. Maybe you'd like to send us your comments?
John's Picnic will still be held this November, many of John's friends and Kustoms of Australia members are banding together to help out. There has been a memorial fund started so that John may make his dedication to Tina and plans are underway for an auction at the Picnic, what we need now are items for the auction. If you have something, anything that you would wish to donate, please contact Greg at It could be something that your company produces, car parts, accessories, collectables (especially any signed).
23/07/01 New members Welcome to AJ's Hot Rods and Classic Restorations and Carburettors, the latest members of the Hot-Rod Internet family.
The tours pages have just undergone another major update, especially for South Australia and and the Tassie page is first information about a cruise Steve Young is organising after the 2002 Tasmania Regional Nationals. Greg has prepared this site for the ASRF, it currently contains all the information to make this a great event including entry forms, itinerary, and accomodation guide.
Mike Davidson has just released his latest development in the shape of some beautiful high performance aluminimum Cylinder Heads for Flathead Fords on the Flat Attack Racing site.
Hot Rod Heaven have just taken delivery of their latest vehicle, a 1929 Dodge sedan. But this is not any ordinary restoration, the sedan being stretched to include anoyher set of doors and sectioned to provide additional headroom and lastly split down the middle to make it wider and even more comfortable and luxourious. If you want a special vehicle for that special event, this would be hard to beat.
Lastly we have just received a couple of photos from a fellow rodder in the UK, Nick Darling. Nick has promised to send a few more over of some recent events, check 'em out in the Photo Gallery
13/07/01 Tina Katsanis It is with a great deal of personal sadness that we mark the passing of Tina Katsanis on 09/07/2020 after a relatively short illness. Wife and partner of John, known to many Rod and Custom enthusiasts through out Australia and the world. John and Tina were proprietors of John's Rod and Customs in Berwick, founders of Kustoms of Australia and hosts of the extremely popular John's Picnic held in November. To John and the family, our sincerest condolences.
10/07/01 Castlemaine Rod Centre Rod Run 2002 Castlemaine Rods and Australian Street Rodding are holding a combined run to celebrate their anniversaries. (CR-40th & ASR-25th) on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April, 2002 in Castlemaine. This is the week after the Nats so that some of the Interstate rods returning from Tassie can come via Castlemaine. The Castlemaine Swap Meet will be on Sunday 7th as well. Further details will be on our site soon but this is a forewarning so that people can plane their trips now.
20/06/01 Domain Names and Internet Hosting. Greg is now a channel partner with Melbourne IT for registering and renewing Australian Domain Names. Contact us if you want to register your name before it is gone! We can now also offer a new deal for hosting. Only $150 per year for a full hosting package. Contact Dave or Greg for more details.
We can also obtain worldwide domain names for $50 per year (Au including GST!) Contact us if you want a name. They can be reserved to use at a later time but names are going fast. Worldwide names are virtually unrestricted, so you can have (or .net, .org) or or We can also arrange Australian Domain Names ( but remember they must be your registered business or company name or an abbreviation thereof.
20/06/01 Geelong Street Rodders The Geelong Street Rodders web page is now up at We are still finalising the site at the moment but there are pictures of many of the club cars. Your club can also have it's own site at Hot-Rod Internet for only $50 per year (plus design costs if we design the site). Castlemaine Rods are coming soon.
Contact us for more details!
20/06/01 Hot Rod Internet visit Tasmania
Dave was in Northern Tasmania from 4th May to 10th May and caught up with the Van Diemens Rod Club whilst in Launceston. They have great Club Rooms and a good strong club. Lots of nice cars being built too. We managed to get some pictures and will try to get them up soon.
The Island State Nats at Easter 2002 is going to be a great event and we will be going along with many other mainland rods. We do suggest you book the boat soon though (we are booked already). If all those who say they are going do actually go the boat will not fit all the cars on! Should be a great party on the boat as well! For info, entry forms, accomodation and boat bookings check out the new Island State Nationals web site that Greg has just set up.
20/06/01 Narrandera Dave has located some missing films from Narrandera and will have coverage of this event soon. We are still in the process of re-arranging our gallery and will make it bigger and better. Please be patient till we get it all underway.
15/06/01 Scale Models
Dave has done a major update for our member site Scale Automobilia who are based in Grafton, NSW and have a great range of Hot-Rod model kits and diecasts, including some just released new AMT Hot-Rod models of a 40 Willys Coupe/Pickup and 29 Ford Woody/Pickup (including model loride bike!). These have not been released in Australia and are exclusive to Scale Automobilia. They can be posted anywhere in Australia or overseas.
15/06/01 Cruzin
There's a new magazine on the Australian scene call Cruzin. Published out of Queensland, it is packed full of hot rods and it's all colour. In the February/Issue 4, Greg's club, Bay Rodders gets a great 2 page spread. Check it out, definately worth a look. Dave's club Castlemaine Rods will be featured soon.
01/05/01 Hot-Rod Internet is two!!!! We are migrating across to a new server on our second birthday and some minor problems may be experienced. Please bear with us whilst we change all the pages across over the next few days. If you have major problems please ring or email us.
01/05/01 Rob from American Hemi Speed Centre has done some updates to his site with more Hemi information. Don't forget that if you want to design your own site we can obtain a Domain Name for you and Host the site. See more below.
01/05/01 Domain Names and Internet Hosting. We can now offer a new deal for hosting. Only $150 per year for a full hosting package. Contact Dave or Greg for more details. We can also obtain worldwide domain names for $50 per year (Au including GST!) Contact us if you want a name. They can be reserved to use at a later time but names are going fast. Worldwide names are virtually unrestricted, so you can have (or .net, .org) or or We can also arrange Australian Domain Names ( but remember they must be your registered business or company name or an abbreviation thereof.
01/05/01 Geelong Street Rodders The Geelong Street Rodders web page is coming soon at We are still finalising the site at the moment. Your club can also have it's own site at Hot-Rod Internet for only $50 per year (plus design costs if we design the site). Contact us for more details!
01/05/01 Mt Alexander Billy Cart Bash on May 20th, Open to all Billy Carts to race one at a time against the clock down Monument Hill, Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. Fastest time last year was Norm ??? (Aussie Desert) in Rod Hadfield's wild three wheel cart. The highest speed was 57 km/h and there were some spectacular runs (and mishaps!). For more information and pictures from last year see or contact Dave Petrusma on 0417 135 240. There are a number of rodders entering carts but please note there are NO entries on the day. Pre entries only!
01/05/01 Hot Rod Internet visit Tasmania Dave will be in Northern Tasmania from 4th May to 10th May and will try to catch up with some rodders in Launceston, Devonport etc whilst there. He can be contacted on 0417 135 240.
23/04/01 Events and Links pages have been updated this week with lots of new events and dates and heaps of new links.
17/04/01 ASRF Nationals
Early word from those returning from the Nationals is that they were a huge success. We will have a report and pictures within the week.
17/04/01 Narrandera Dave was at Narrandera for the alternative Easter event, we'll have coverage of this event soon.
04/04/01 Ed Roth dies Ed Roth died in his garage at home in Utah, around noon today. He is survived by his third wife Ilene and 5 sons from his first marriage. We ask you to please respect the copyright of Ed Roth and the fantastic work that he has done over the years. "Old Rat Finks Never Die. They Just Blaze Away"
04/04/01 Traceys Speedway Reunion A Tracey's Speedway Reunion is being held on Saturday 7th April 2001 from 11am until 4pm at McDonald Reserve, Raleigh Rd, Maribyrnong [Melways map 28B7].
On display will be Motorcycle Solo's and Sidecar outfits plus Speedcars and Stock cars as raced at Tracey's before its closure. All past competitors, spectators and supporters welcome. Free admission. Come for lunch and enjoy a sausage sizzle with proceeds in support of the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Contact Ray Shalders 9748 1214 or Brian Wilkie 93915108 for more info !
02/04/01 Castlemaine Swap Meet On this Sunday 8th April! Sites are booked out. Why not spend the weekend in Castlemaine and district and take in the Rod Shop etc. while you are here. The Castlemaine/Maldon Railway also have a Friends of Thomas the Tank weekend Saturday and Sunday which is great fun for the kids. See the VGR website for more!
02/04/01 Rickshaws Hot Rod Club
Present the 35th Hot Rod and Street Machine Spectacular. We have all the information you need about this fantastic show!
19/03/01 Acme Signworks Greg has just finished doing their website, whilst not a hot rod site, Bob Pankhurst, proprietor, is definately a hot rodder. If you need signwork done in Victoria why not consider giving Bob a call.
11/03/01 DLRA Speed Trials Greg made it over to the Dry Lakes Racers Australia Speed Trials last week. Check out his coverage of the 2001 event here. This once a year event is in probably in the most remotest location in Australia for any automotive event. But it provides the best surface for going fast anywhere in the world.
19/02/01 Cruzin There's a new magazine on the Australian scene call Cruzin. Published out of Queensland, it is packed full of hot rods and it's all colour. In the February/Issue 4, Greg's club, Bay Rodders gets a great 2 page spread. Check it out, definately worth a look.
18/02/01 New Members 2001 Bendigo Auto Sound and Security are our latest member. Their web site is at They are specialists in high end car audio equipment and have built a number of award winning car sound systems in Street Machines, including Best Installation at the 2001 Summernats. They can do any specialist installation including Hot-rods. They also supply and install Car Security Systems and Cruise Controls.
We have a few more new members coming soon!
18/02/01 2001 Updates We have just done a number of updates on existing sites including Scale Automobilia, who stock a huge range of Hot Rod and Kustom models and Simon Muntz Street Rods who have just added a new pinion mounted hand brake kit for Ford 8" diffs. Castle Auto have added a few new exhaust products and have more EFI kits coming soon. They are also currently working on putting a new Chev Gen 3 into an early Holden and will market a wiring kit. We will have some photos once the project progresses. Who will be first to put one of these into a rod?  Castlemaine Rod Shop are busily preparing their VS Commodore Dry Lakes racer for Speed Week. This car should really set some good speeds. The car is still in pieces but is about to be re-assembled and there will be photos of it on their site soon.Deuce Customs have also updated their site, with a new price list and a new '32 Ford 3 window coupe body style. We also recently obtained a Domain Name for American Hemi Speed Centre and they have now shifted to
15/2/01 Events & Club List Pages Greg completed a major revision of the events page a few weeks ago. If you want to know what's on and where, this is the place for you, it includes all the rod runs, cruise nights and swap meets from all around Australia.  If you have an event coming up that is not listed let Greg know and he will add it. Because we are Victorian based we do not get to a lot of the events in other states. If you want to take some photos or write a story on events in your state and have them published on this site please contact Dave.
Dave has done a quick update on the Club List page to make it easier to read. States are now in alphabetical order. Please check your club's details and make sure they are current and advise us of any changes.
15/2/01 Lowrider Bicycles Dave has built a 20" Dragster for himself and has als been building a Lowrider Bicycle for 5 year old Katie. He visited Loco Lowriders In Brunswick Street, Fitzroy to get some whitewall tyres. These are really cool proper whitewall tyres which are available for kids (16") and adult (20" and larger) bicycles. They stock some nice Retro Bikes as well as lots of lowrider accessories. They have just put up their own web pages at These bikes have become very popular recently and are appearing at most major Hot Rod events.  This is a great way to get the kids involved although it is certainly not just kids building and riding them! Dave has now collected several more frames and will build one for Donna. (Once the '46 is finished) Not sure if Greg will dig out an old Malvern Star yet!
15/02/01 New for 2001 We have introduced a couple of new features for this year. We now have a Photo Gallery and a Forum these features are an attempt by HRI to build the Aussie Hot Rod Community. They are still in early stages at the moment. Please let us know if you have any ideas.



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