Hot rodding may be huge in America but it isn’t the only region that enjoys the sport. With all the glitz and glamor that goes into these massive clubs and car shows here in the States, it’s easy to forget that the rest of world has many of the same cars or styles of cars that rolled off assembly lines through mid-20th century. The video above, created by the masterminds at Hot Rod Revue shows that hot rodding is alive and well outside our borders.
Hot Rod Revue is determined to show off the hot rod culture in New Zealand via an online video series. More akin to a mini-film than just a video, this particular installment revolves around the Royals car club based in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Made up of a small group of friends, the Royals actively avoid the cumbersome structure and demands of common car club hierarchy and commitments.
The cars in the club are just a portion of what the club revolves around. “It’s more about having a good time than anything else” comments one of the members. They tend to build their cars as if they were still back in the early years of hot rodding. Back when technology and parts manufacturers weren’t nearly as plenty as they are today. They feel that the draw to their cars is more about how the car was done versus what year and make it is. The rattles, pops and bangs all add to the ambiance. Drum brakes and straight axles remind you that you are driving a rad hot rod and not your grocery getter.
Check out the video above to learn more about the Royals and head over to www.hotrodrevue.tv for more coverage of New Zealand’s prosperous hot rod culture.