Posts Tagged ‘journalism’

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.


CD Review: Escape the Fate – ‘This War Is Ours’ for

24 May just uploaded the review I did on Escape the Fate’s latest album, ‘This War is Ours’.

Escape the Fate (ETF) just doesn’t know what they want to be. The Las Vegas quartet plays a very American, largely accessible rock/metal blend for the most part. Their tunes switch back and forth between swaggering mid-tempo rockers, unconvincing ballads and even more surprising and bewildering blasts of deep growled passages over menacing riffage.

Click the following link, or the image below to view the entire review: CLICK HERE

Live Review: Jeff Martin @ The Basement – Friday May 7, 2010

15 May just uploaded my recent live review of Jeff Martin (The Tear Party/The Armada) at the Basement in Sydney on Friday May 7, 2010. Below is an excerpt from the review and the entire thing can be read by clicking the link below or the image:

There could be no questioning the benefit of decades of live experience when witnessing the marvellous cacophony these two created with little more than a 12-string Maton acoustic and electric bass. There was no awkward opening number and no mix trouble with Martin busting out of his chair with enthusiasm, his powerful baritone ringing loud and clear over the instruments.


Cool Tech: ZF Make Carbon Fibre Suspension Struts for BMW

24 Apr

While carbon fibre has been around for decades now and has been lauded as the super composite, thanks to its strength and light weight – we’re yet to really see its use spread wider than for things like body panels, random interior panels or the accasional racing wheel. This probably has more to do with the cost of manufacturing than anything else.

BMW have long been known – along with Mercedes – for pushing automotive technology into new, exciting territories; and they’ve now teamed up with ZF (the mob famous for their 6-speed gearboxes behind the iconic VN Group A SS) who will be designing and manufacturing carbon fibre front Macpherson struts for small cars. Better, the German company say that there’s no reason why the technology won’t spread into large cars, as well.

This is great news, should the rest of the industry take notice and follow suit.; primarily because as emissions standards continue to become more restrictive, it’s going to be harder for manufacturers to keep up. We reckon one of the easiest ways that OEMs will be able to improve emissions is through the use of light weight matierals, such as aluminium and composites. Certainly, there’s been a lot of talk about it within the industry for years. There just hasn’t been a lot of action.

A side benefit to the use of lighter suspension components is a reduction in unsprung weight, which would provide great improvements in on-road handling – especially for the circuit racers.

Interview: Owen Webb Feature in Street Machine

24 Mar

The April issue of Street Machine has just hit the news stands with my four-page interview with Australian automotive legend Owen Webb inside. Owen is the country’s top show car judge and I talk with him about his view of the current scene and how our show cars stack up against the rest of the world.

Pick up your copy now!

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