Archive for the ‘Mind Junk’ Category

Cover Car: George Aspite’s VY SS Commodore for Incar Entertainment


21 May

Another front cover for us this month! This time it’s InCar Entertainment Magazine and George Aspite’s tricked out VY SS ute! Be sure to check out the whole spread in this month’s issue, which is on sale now.

Incar Entertainment

Opinion Piece: Get an Education (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


09 Jul

This is the 22nd in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 190 of Street Commodores:

Get an Education (Written 17.08.11)

Want to dig deep into building a custom car but lack the skills? Go back to school.

As I was growing up I discovered the world of custom cars like most kids probably did. They had a relative who was into building or at least driving modified cars, or perhaps the mere sight and sound of a cool car like Knight Rider’s KITT was enough to get your pre-pubescent adrenaline gland pumping. Either way, for most of us cars ended up becoming something far greater than mere transport.

I think I glued together my first model car at around the age of seven or eight. That taught me quite a bit about the general anatomy of the motor car and how each major part related to the next. I also had my uncle’s impressive collection of mid-1960s to early ‘70s hot rod magazines to pore over whenever I visited (I’ve now got that wonderful collection with me here at home).

I really got most of my automotive education from books, magazines and model cars – at least up until I bought my first car and started working on that. For many of you at home, my story probably sounds pretty familiar: soaking up information and completing DIY projects at home that you picked up in car mags like Street Commodores.

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Opinion Piece: Sounds of Silence (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


20 Feb

This is the 2ist in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 189 of Street Commodores:

Sounds of Silence (Written 4.7.11)

Is car audio making a resurgence in the Commodore scene? Did it ever go away?

When I bought my first car back in the 1990s quality aftermarket car audio was big news. Just about every feature I read about in Street Commodores, Hot4s and any number of other car magazines carried its own weight in speakers, subs, amps and the like.

Things seemed to hit their peak at around the same time I started working in the magazine game – say, around 2003-2006. Installs were getting really crazy and emerging technologies like TV screens, games consoles and lighting equipment were really taking things to a whole new level; not to mention the fantastical fibreglass and MDF install jobs builders were dreaming up.

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Opinion Piece: Getting Dirty (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


04 Dec

This is the 20th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 188 of Street Commodores:

Getting Dirty (Written July 4, 2011)

Dipping a toe into the water with some simple mods to the new daily.

So it’s been about a month now since I introduced you all to Project BASICS: the newest member of the Street Commodores family. I’m very happy to inform one and all that it’s been a case of ‘so far, so good’ – nothing has fallen off, nothing has stopped working and I haven’t been left stranded at the side of the road with no oil pressure.

I must admit, I always find the first few months of car ownership the most stressful. Whenever I buy something new (which really isn’t often) I’m always waiting for something to fail. Often the stereo stays off so I can listen to any and all creaks, squeaks and rattles – no matter how tiny.

You’d probably be right for thinking I could be acting a little too paranoid or overly concerned about a vehicle that only cost a few grand, but it’s always the same process with me: a little extra tension in the jaw, an inability to relax when I’m behind the wheel and regular checks under the bonnet for leaks of any kind. That’s just me.

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Opinion Piece: Car Shopping (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


24 Nov

This is the 20th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 187 of Street Commodores:

Car Shopping (Written June 1, 2011)

With Project RAT304 gone, the journey to find a new daily began in earnest.

No one could claim that I tried very hard to sell the nasty old VH wagon, known lovingly as the ‘Rat. Besides a mention on the Street Commodores forum ‘for sale’ section and a couple of for sale signs in the back windows, the only other promotion my desire to sell got was mentioning it to people in passing.

When I left the warm safety and regular paycheck of SC HQ last January I had to make a choice between Project XXX and the wagon. It was just going to be impossible to afford both projects and naturally, the VP won the argument hands down. This relegated the wagon to daily driver duties – a task it performed admirably for a few years.

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Opinion Piece: Show Time! (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


28 Oct

This is the 20th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 186 of Street Commodores (…and seems perfectly fitting, given that Cruise for Charity 10 is happening nationwide right now):

Show Time! (Written May 3, 2011)

It’s Cruise for Charity time again. Get ready for the biggest Commodore party in the world.

I’m sure these things are coming around faster every year. It feels like just yesterday I was standing amongst well over 1000 Commodores at the Penrith Regatta Centre here in Sydney, marvelling at the size of the crowds and the generosity of the donations pouring in for Cruise for Charity’s new beneficiary, Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia.

Yet, here we are on the cusp of Cruise for Charity 8. I find it hard to comprehend that we’re now closer to the tenth anniversary than we are to the fifth. I still vividly remember organising the first Cruise for Charity so many moons ago. Even at that stage, with just 150 Commodores on show it felt like something important and impressive. With the results Liam and the team achieved in 2010, that first formative step looks so miniscule by comparison.

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Opinion Piece: Moral Dilemma (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


11 Oct

This is the 19th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 185 of Street Commodores:

Moral Dilemma (Written April 7, 2011)

What do you do when your suburb is being overrun by idiots?

I live practically on a roundabout. My house sits right at the edge with the driveway pointing right at the large, round concrete disc that makes up the traffic flow modifier. It’s a pretty busy street, too. All the buses that circulate in the area use the roundabout day and night and with two primary schools in close proximity, you can bet 9am and 3pm are busy times here, too!

Sure, I should have thought about the potential for excess noise pollution before I bought the place a few years ago and honestly, to a certain extent I’ve trained my brain to block much of it out. However, there’s one element I haven’t been able to block out: idiot drivers and those with ridiculously loud exhausts.

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Opinion Piece: Play Nice (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


02 Oct

This is the 18th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 184 of Street Commodores:

Play Nice (Written March 21, 2011)

I’m not religious, but do agree with the mantra of ‘treat others as you want to be treated’.

The recent catastrophes in New Zealand, Queensland, Victoria and Japan have really helped put things into perspective for a lot of people. Australians, for the most part, really haven’t had anything in the way of terrible hardship for at least two generations.

There has been no crippling depression, no civil unrest, no famine and no widespread disease and whilst our version of democracy is really a joke, it’s a far sight better than the dictatorships many other nations live under. Just look at the lethal struggle nations like Egypt and Lybia have undertaken to try and free themselves of oppression.

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Opinion Piece: The Little Things (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


26 Sep

This is the 17th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 183 of Street Commodores:

The Little Things (Written March 6, 2011)

Don’t wear blinkers when it comes to choosing which car shows to attend – the small shows have plenty to offer, too!

At the peak of the Aussie show season between late December and mid’ year, it’s easy to get caught up in the hubbub that surrounds many of the larger car shows that litter the calendar. Summernats, Supernats, Springnats, Revfest, Powercruise… there are plenty of big name events at which you can get fleeced by the salmonella food stands and get lobster-spec’ sunburnt.

They might be the all-singing, all-dancing of the car event world, but it’s important to remember the little shows that fill up each and every weekend during the warmer months. There’s a myriad different shows that fill up those magical two days a week between the drudgery of work and many of them have plenty to offer the die-hard car fanatic.
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Opinion Piece: Don’t Be a Tool (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


10 Sep

This is the 16th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 182 of Street Commodores:

Don’t Be a Tool (Written February 1, 2011)

How do you expect to receive fair treatment when you play the fool?

I was driving out to Katoomba recently for the second annual Lady Luck Festival. Situated a kilometre up in the air atop the Blue Mountains in NSW, it was a wonderful place to cruise to on a warm Saturday morning. However the first part of my trip was both disappointingly annoying and confounding all at once.

Not more than five kays from my front door I noticed a VR or VS sedan up ahead with clear tail lights and stockies on the back. Right away I knew the guy would be up to no good – that combination always spells disaster. Sure enough, at the next set of lights he stood on the throttle and lit up his driver’s side rear cheese cutter.

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