Posts Tagged ‘editorial’

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: 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: 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: Stop the Madness (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


09 Jul

This is the sixth 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 172 of Street Commodores:

Stop the Madness (Written May 7, 2010)

Is the internet destroying the performance motoring industry?

I was reading Liam [Quirk]’s editorial column in issue 169 the other day. The one about how he believes ‘hating’ to be wreaking havoc on the scene.

It reminded me of numerous conversations that I’ve had over the last couple of years with some of Australia’s top performance workshops.

As recently as this week I was chatting to the owner of a top Sydney workshop that was expressing grave concern at the situation he saw the scene in at the moment. In line with Liam’s sentiments, this legendary industry specialist was echoing the dark sentiments of many of the top shops, in saying that the internet was not developing into the vital sales tool that it should have been for them. Instead, what we’ve been hearing from a number of shops is that it has become more of a scourge on the industry that is hurting the honest guys and helping to build up the guys willing to talk the talk and tell customers what they want to hear, as opposed to the truth.

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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: Back in the Saddle (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


07 Jun

This is the first 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 168 of Street Commodores:

Back in the Saddle (Written Feb 3, 2010)

It’s been a fun month, getting back to the kind of work that made me love the magazine business in the first place.

It has been an interesting month for me since I left the cozy confines of my 3x3m office at Street Commodores HQ. I’ve been flat out setting up my own company and learning the ropes of all the kinds of tax nonsense that one needs to know about when they’re running things for themselves. I’ve also been spending a huge amount of time developing story ideas, designing company stationary and generally being creative – something I’ve only really been able to do a few times a year when the next Cruise for Charity sticker needed designing or the rare occasion a website had to be built.

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