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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.