NZHRA Monthly Newsletter - July 2015
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Hi <<First Name>>, and welcome to the Monthly Member News.

Hope you're all keeping warm, as we expect some more cold weather to roll in from the south this week.

We have a busy Executive meeting planned next weekend (10th & 11th July), and our agenda is particularly full this time around, so I should have much more to report in next month's Newsletter. 

In the meantime, Bay Rodders Inc. are finalising their plans for the 2015 Street Rod Nationals at Labour Weekend, and the Combined Zone 9 Clubs are getting their plans underway for the 2016 National Show in Christchurch over Easter Weekend, followed closely by the Pre'49's in Omarama.  Again, we'll be hearing more about these events at the Executive meeting, but sounds to me like a great excuse for a road trip, combining both events in a particularly beautiful part of the world.

For those attending the CRC Speedshow, keep an eye out for the NZHRA flags and come and say hi - I'll be there to represent Hot Rodding to the wider community.

We have received some nominations for Zone Directors in those zones where the incumbent is retiring, so thank you to the Clubs who took the time to nominate.  

It's also re-affiliation time, and the NZHRA Office has been receiving them thick and fast.  If you haven't already done so, make sure your Secretary knows you want to re-affiliate, so you can enjoy all of the benefits of being an NZHRA Member, while supporting us at the same time.

Yours in Rodding
Warren Pattinson
NZHRA President
Ever wondered what it's like to be a Zone Director?  Meet Robbie Ferns, Zone 7 Director:

Robbie won't let me do the maths, but has been involved in street machines since he was 17, and has always owned Chev's.  It's fitting, then, that he has been a member of Wellington Chevrolet Club since 1978 (there's some help with that maths...), including 3 terms as president.  He's currently on the Club Committee, and is also a Life Member. 

Robbie currently owns a '57 Chev Convertible, a '57 Sedan Delivery (supercharged), and a '55 Chev Belair.  Like most Hot Rodders, he gets to as many events as possible, and has been on the event organising committee for many of his Club's events, including the Tri Five 50th Anniversary for '55, '56 and '57 Chevs, and the 2009 NZHRA National Hot Rod Show, held at the TSB Arena.

Having been a Zone Director since November 2009, Robbie's take on the role is predominantly as a voice for Clubs to the Association, and to support Clubs locally.  He also takes as many opportunities as possible to fly the NZHRA flag at local events.

Of course, there is also the administrative side of the role - assisting Clubs to sanction events, and managing the renewal of Fender Exemptions, as well as taking the time to attend Executive Meetings and providing assistance to the Executive Committee on other tasks as required.  

It's Robbie's opinion that Hot Rodders in New Zealand are very fortunate to have the NZHRA, in terms of keeping the ability to drive fenderless cars on public roads, and for maintaining productive relationships with LVVTA and other government agencies.  Hot Rodding is an important part of New Zealand's culture, and the need for a governing body to act on our behalf, is very important for its future.  Robbie thinks that NZHRA do a great job promoting the sport and providing benefits to Members, and is proud to be involved.

Robbie Ferns, Zone 7 Director
Robbie and his beautiful daughters.
The NZHRA are pleased to be attending the Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show, as part of this year's CRC Speedshow, taking place over the weekend of 18th & 19th July at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland.  As usual, the organisers expect a huge number of the general public to come along to the CRC Speedshow, and would like to show them something of New Zealand's hot rodding culture as well. Remember that this display is in a covered, secured hall and last year saw over 34,000 visitors so it’s one you won’t want to miss.  Check out their website here
Sopranos Street Rods Inc. hold their AGM every Queens Birthday Weekend, in Palmerston North.  This year it kicked off at their Clubrooms "The Bing", with a cruise out to see their much loved mate, Flamez at the cemetery.  From there, the cruise carried on to meet the people from the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, to hand over funds raised from their annual Hot Rod Picnic, held in March.

This cause is very close to the hearts of Sopranos Members, as it was this indispensable service which flew Flamez to Wellington after he suffered a stroke.  Sadly Flamez passed away from complications, but wife Debz and sons Taylor and Kyle, as well as all the Sopranos, are very appreciative of the help provided, when it was needed most.  With the assistance of their fantastic sponsors and all attendees, the Hot Rod Picnic resulted in a massive $2,870 being handed over.

It was a lovely moment for the Club, with the funds very gratefully received.

We are so happy to hear that the Sopranos have found a worthy recipient of their generosity, which will go on to help more people in their hour of need.  We wish them the best of luck with all of their future events.


Does your Club have a good news story?

We know that a lot of Hot Rod Clubs are very busy in their local communities, and we want to celebrate that.  If you think your Club deserves some credit for what they do in your region, please email Alicia to start the conversation.
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2015 Street Rod Nationals

Bay Rodders Inc. advise that the planning is going very well for this Labour Weekend's event, with only a few smaller details left to finalise.  They've been holding regular meetings to ensure nothing is missed.  They do advise, however, that if you are not planning to camp onsite, you'll want to get your accommodation sorted sooner rather than later, and have provided a list of possibilities, here.  Don't leave your registration to the last minute, click here for the registration form.  For an idea of what's planned so far, click here for a draft itinerary.
The NZHRA is the only place you can buy this manual, essential for anyone building or restoring a vehicle in New Zealand.  The Hobby Car Technical Manual (aka the car builders' bible), includes everything you'll need to know and will likely save you time and money at certification time.  If you are currently a financial Member of NZHRA, you'll receive a sizable discount, so contact us today or place your order here to secure your copy.

Congratulations to Geoff Penn from Northern Street Rods Inc. in Whangarei, for winning Picture of the Month!  Thanks for sending in this photo of your '32 Ford 3 Window Coupe.  Geoff tells us that he'd been looking for a '32 for a while now, and saw this one at Beach Hop.  His wife loved the colour, so that was that.  It has a 350 Chev with 671 blower.

Your copy of Steve Holmes' book "A Kiwi Hot Rodder's Guide to Life 2" is on its way to Geoff now.
Send in a picture of your vehicle and you could be in to win!  The photo doesn't have to be taken by a professional - as long as it shows off your car's best features.

Every month we will choose a winner, who will receive a copy of The Kiwi Hot Rodders Guide to Life 2 by Steve Holmes.  With your permission, we will also put your photo forward to possibly be turned into a lolly tin, like those you may have seen at The Warehouse.
Please include your Name and Member Number when you send in a picture, so we know who you are, and send the photo to

IMPORTANT - Please ensure you are allowed to send us the photo, and that it is of your car.  If it was taken by a photographer, please let them know that you are sending it in.
Congratulations to John Hibbard of Early Iron Street Rods in Tauranga!  Your name was pulled out randomly from our list of affiliated Members, and a massive bucket of Mother Car Care products is on its way to you.  Thanks Mothers!
Thanks to the guys at Hot Rod Revue, who have kindly given us some DVD's to give away.  This month we picked at random: Lance Johnson of Rod Benders Inc. and Peter Davy of Greymouth Rodders Club Inc. who should both now have their copies.  As these were picked from Affiliated Members, only 3 days into the new affiliation year, they can thank their Secretaries for being so efficient!

Fender Exemptions all expire at the same time - 31st August - so if you're renewing, you'll need to do so before this date.

If you have not yet received a reminder in the mail, please contact the NZHRA Office for another copy, and/or to confirm your postal address.

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