Monday, September 14, 2015

Iron Maiden - whether they like it or not.

See, brother Ashton and I went to a Paul Di'anno gig last time he toured. It was nasty, loud, low budget and dangerous. I also could have told you exactly how what sort of a terrible hangover I was going to have the next day - well in advance of the event. We met Paul afterwards and narrowly avoided being beaten to death by him and his security. Might have been something we said. We are going to try desperately hard to make this upcoming Iron Maiden visit equally interesting and will strive to meet all the other members of one of our favorite bands. Whether they like it or not. 

Here's the details … returning after seven years Maiden will play 2 shows in NZ, April 29 in Christchurch at the Horncastle Arena followed by May 1 at the Vector Arena in Auckland.

Maiden will then fly to Australia, where they haven’t played since 2011, to perform five shows there.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Thankyou Doctor

It was a long labour and a difficult birth but the new HLAH album finally hits the streets/iTunes tomorrow. Throw in a few extra stitches when you put us back together would you doctor...
see you on the road.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Nostalgia Drags 2015

 Old Funny Car built in Australia, nearly back on the track

 One '55, three owners

 Simon Clements drying the track
 Jim Gordon's coupe is rad - as is Jim!
 Kirsten - always ladylike
 Dave Best - love this car

Thanks again to Bay Rodders for a great day, good crowd and racing happened even though there was a bit of rain

Fine Upstanding Gentlemen From Burbank

Well they've been and gone, so good to meet them all and get to know them a little better. Thanks for coming Burbank Choppers, it was a blast!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pirate Love

It was the First New Zealand Drag Nationals at Kopuka on a dry summer’s day in 1967 It was here that Bob Rossiters “Pirate” Dragster faced off against the Team of Lucas and Saunders in their matching Flathead powered rail job called  “77 Sunset Strip”.
The Pirate, running on an exotic homemade brew of sodium peroxide, nitromethane and magnesium sulphide sat on the start line spitting flames of multi-coloured gas out of the weedburners, neither pilot would inch forward to stage, some said it was the longest pre stage driver psych out in drag racing history but then just before there was a full meltdown they both pulled up to the start line and the starter excitedly leaped into the air and dropped his flag. The cars left in a plume of tyre smoke, clutch dust and black coal and the capacity crowd all stood to see the two cars careen toward the finish in the midst of all the dust.
The Pirate won the day and Bob Rossiter was crowned New Zealand’s first National Top Eliminator.
The Pirate (and Bob) still exists to this day and the Rail is lovingly looked after by the good folk of the Southward Car Museum after being purchased in 1968 by none other than Len Southward himself.

Fast forward a few decades or four and another famous Drag Racer/ fabricator /Hot Rod Builder by the name of Graeme Berry  steps in and does the impossible, he builds an exact model car scale replica of the Pirate Dragster, perfect  in every single detail imaginable. This very model, donated to the Scroungers Car Club, will be going up for Auction at the 13th Annual Hot Rod Blowout on Sunday the 29th of March 2015. If you want to own a piece of Drag Racing and Hot Rod history, bring your check book and get a bid in on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Getting to know me, getting to know you.

With the visit of the Burbank Choppers to the Scroungers Hot Rod Blowout in March, we thought it might be a good time for a virtual introduction. Here's a bit of background on each of the members and some shots of the cars they own. See, feels like you know them already right? 

Deron Wright
Occupation: Television Props
Cars : 1941 Ford Custom, 1932 Ford 3 Window
Favorite Movie Monster: Frankenstein
Favorite Magazine: MAD

Aaron Kahan
Occupation: Art Director Galpin Ford
Cars: 1932 Ford 5 window, 1927 Ford coupe "Bad News"
Favorite Car Customizer, Barris Kustoms
Favorite Hot Rod artist, Von Dutch

Keith Weesner
Occupation: Artist
Cars: 1929 Ford roadster, 1950 Ford custom
Favorite Band: Gun Club
Favorite Custom, Ralph Jileck's '40 Ford

Jack Carroll
Occupation: Hollywood Set Builder
Car: 1932 Ford 5 window
Favorite Breakfast: Capt. Crunch
Favorite Book: The Outsiders

Jon Fisher
Occupation: Cartoon Animation
Cars: 1929 Ford roadster, 1936 Ford custom,  (Valley Custom built) '32 Ford 5 window.
Favorite Movie: Vertigo
Favorite Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Steve Uhl
Occupation: Hollywood Special Effects
Car: 1932 Ford 5 Window
Favorite Beer: Coors
Favorite Candy: Twin Bing (not Big Cherry)!

Verne Hammond
Occupation: Hollywood Set Builder
Cars: 1940 Ford custom, 1934 Ford 3 window and 1929 Ford roadster
Favorite Television Show: The Munsters
Favorite Show Car: Beatnik Bandit