Posts Tagged ‘2010’

Opinion Piece: A Year On (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


05 Sep

This is the 15th 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 181 of Street Commodores:

A Year On (Written December 14, 2010)

12 months since leaving the big chair and things are going well all over.

Wow, how time flies! I made the decision to vacate the editor’s chair of Street Commodores almost a year ago to the day (that this issue hits the newsstands). At the time it felt like my life was ending, but I walked into the January sunshine outside the Street Commodores offices as full of hope and optimism as I could muster. It was a huge decision and one that could have had pretty dire consequences for the mortgage repayments had things gone south after I left.

As it turned out, my fresh start – my new vocational beginning – was everything I’d hoped it would turn out to be and more. Without stopping for air, I launched head first into creating my own business and started pumping the work out as fast and as well as I could for Street Commodores and for its various sister magazine titles.

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Opinion Piece: Good Times Ahead (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


02 Sep

This is the 14th 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 180 of Street Commodores:

Good Times Ahead (Written December 8, 2010)

I’ve been out and about of late and I’m hearing nothing but good things.

I’ve talked a bit about my foray into feature car photography recently. The process has taken me out of the office a lot more than I’ve been used to in recent years. I’ve been able to travel all over Sydney and the Hunter region to attend car shows as well as shoot subsequent feature shoots. I also got to spend a few days travelling north to the Central Coast and Newcastle to shoot a few cars recently and throughout, a similar theme seemed to keep popping into conversation.

Surprisingly and happily, the word from both car owners and business owners seems to be that things are on the up and up. Everyone will remember the contraction we saw in most areas of the scene during the GFC in 2008. While some lucky businesses were able to report that they were suffering no ill effects of the crisis, many more were. If the businesses were doing it tough, it makes sense that the people who normally paid them the money for their parts or services – you and I – were doing it hard, too.
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Opinion Piece: Strength in Numbers (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


21 Aug

This is the 13th 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 179 of Street Commodores:

Strength in Numbers (Written November 15, 2010)

If the modified car enthusiast ever wants to attain some level of rights in the community, it’s all about numbers.

It’s a problem that has plagued the many various modified car scenes since people began chopping, changing and cruising their cars even before WWII: that is, being looked down upon and marginalised by ‘the man’. Car fanatics have always been unfairly targeted by the authorities, had liberties stripped from them or had legislation imposed that would restrict the modifications possible – all under the banner of being safer for the community.

Sadly, more often than not it is the stupid acts of the tiny minority – and the knee-jerk reaction of officials to the resultant public outcry – that bring about ever-tightening laws and restrictions for the majority. It doesn’t matter that our hobby is worth billions to the economy. It doesn’t matter that larger car shows can bring millions in additional revenue to the communities that give them a home. It doesn’t matter that most of the more modified cars on the streets boast a higher level of engineering and specification than the factory ever offered.

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Opinion Piece: Shooting Stuff (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


17 Aug

This is the twelfth 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 178 of Street Commodores:

Shooting Stuff (Written October 25, 2010)

Adding a new feature to my professional cap, one car at a time and some tips for you guys playing at home.

So I started shooting feature cars recently. I’d been providing many of our regular shooters with detailed information and feedback on shooting cars for print for years beforehand; however I’d never gotten behind the lens myself to complete a full photoshoot for the magazine.

Sure, I’d shot more technical features and car shows, cruises and events than I care to remember and I’d been taking photos for my own artistic entertainment since I moved to Sydney in 1999. However, actually getting behind the lens to shoot cars myself proved a pretty big step for me emotionally. I was actually pretty nervous before completing my first shoot.

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Opinion Piece: The List Guy (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


01 Aug

This is the tenth 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 176 of Street Commodores:

The List Guy (Written August 20, 2010)

I’d be nowhere without those wonderful little things.

I love lists. I create lists for almost every aspect of my life: from the weekly shopping to my long term life goals. They end up scattered around my office, littered through my hard drives in various folders and stuck up on walls in front of me so I can remember all the stuff that needs to be done.

Then there’s my date book. If I didn’t religiously keep a date book I don’t think I’d ever get anything done. At the very least there’d be far too much that would get forgotten; like birthdays, anniversaries, meetings, deadlines and car shows…

Ask most people I’ve ever spent any real amount of time with and they’ll confirm my love of lists. I’m always trying to convert people to the power of lists. Liam and the Street Commodores team were all made to use lists for their day to day tasks when I was boss and if I ever meet anyone with organisational problems they’re the first thing I suggest.

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Opinion Piece: Blocked! (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


22 Jul

This is the ninth 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 175 of Street Commodores:

Blocked! (Written 27 July, 2010)

Sure, writing for magazines can be a bloody sweet gig. But every now and then, we all get a decent dose of writer’s block.

Despite the stresses and deadlines, the last seven or eight years have been the best in my working life – without question. Sure, before I moved to Sydney in 1999 I worked in the music industry with is about the most fun industry you can work in. Sadly though the pay is almost always shit and you’ll get kicked in the teeth by it plenty of times.

Working on magazines – on a subject I love, no less – is employment heaven. Now I’m doing it for myself, working from my home office, it’s even better! Except it can be a little hard sometimes, knowing your work is right there in the back room, just crying for some more attention. And I usually give it all the attention it can take – it can become an addiction.

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Opinion Piece: Getting in the front Door (Street Commodores Magazine Editorials)


27 Jun

This is the fifth 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 171 of Street Commodores:

Getting in the Front Door (April 14, 2010)

One of the most common questions I get asked is about how I came to work in this line of business.

On this, the 100th issue of Street Commodores to include my name in some way, I thought I’d touch upon a subject that has often popped up in conversation during my time with the magazine: getting into automotive journalism.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many industry colleagues I talk to. I get a different answer each and every time I pose the question myself. I don’t think I’ve met someone working on performance magazines that have found themselves in the business via the same journey.

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Opinion Piece: No Regrets, Ever (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


17 Jun

This is the fourth 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 170 of Street Commodores:

No Regrets, Ever. (Written 16.03.2010)

Life’s a journey that doesn’t end until you die. So don’t waste time regretting the past.

When you’re young, it’s easy to get caught up stressing about the myriad mistakes that you make along the way to becoming an adult. You waste time worrying about stupid things like wearing the right clothes or having the right hair and generally fitting in to the right crowd. It’s all wasted energy that you could be expending on your journey forward.

There are a number of choice quotes that I could insert here, but my favourites are ‘you don’t stop learning until you stop breathing’, ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ and ‘regret nothing’.

Just let those three sink in for a little bit…

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Live Review: No Sleep Til Sydney – Dec. 18, 2010 for theAUReview.com


31 Dec

theAUreview.com have just uploaded my live review of the No Sleep Til Sydney festival, held at Sydney Entertainment Quarter on December 18, 2010. You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE or on the large image below. Enjoy the excerpt and happy New Year’s eve:

…While there’s no doubting that Megadeth fans were holding their collective breath for the iconic thrashers to bring their 20th Anniversary performance of Rust in Peace to our shores, they sure picked an odd line-up of bands to travel around the country with. The No Sleep Til Festival had already been weaving its way around the perimeter of our fair country before it landed at the Sydney Entertainment Quarter on Saturday December 18 and with it came a hodgepodge of acts from the punk and metal worlds – worlds that historically have never gelled very well…

No Sleep Til Sydney Review

View the exclusive theAUreview.com picture gallery from the No Sleep Til Sydney festival, photographed by Hosking Industries, HERE.

Live Photos: No Sleep Til Sydney Festival – Dec. 18, 2010


21 Dec

I attended the No Sleep Til Sydney festival at the Sydney Entertainment Quarter on Saturday December 18, 2010 on behalf of theAureview.com (check over there for my full review soon). No Sleep Til Sydney was a big one-day metal and punk show held on three stages, including the main stage within the Hordern Pavilion.

Notable acts performing on the day included Megadeth, Atreyu, NOFX, GWAR, Katatonia, Dropkick Murphys, Frenzal Rhomb, Suicide Silence, Parkway Drive, Alkaline Trio, the Descendents and many more.

CLICK HERE or the thumbnails below to view the entire 190-odd image gallery!

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