Posts Tagged ‘editorial column’

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: 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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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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