Celebrating Hot Rods Downunder

Graffiti Publications Alistair and Larry O'Toole are pictured with new book Hot Rods Downunder.
Graffiti Publications Alistair and Larry O'Toole are pictured with new book Hot Rods Downunder.

Castlemaine’s Graffiti Publications recently unveiled a new hot rod offering Hot Rods Downunder created in collaboration with New Zealand publisher Bateman Books.
The impressive new 256 page full colour book is one of the biggest the local publisher has produced and features some of the most incredible hot rods from across the southern hemisphere including 10 vehicles from the local region.
The producers of the renowned Australian Street Rodding magazine celebrate their 45th year in publishing in 2022 and had just sent their 380th magazine off to print before the Mail stopped over to check out the new offering.
There was no rest for the team as they also worked to complete the finishing touches on the 14th edition of their Hot Rod International magazine which is scheduled to go to print in the coming days.
Hot rod enthusiast and Graffiti Publications founder Larry O’Toole said the latest book was a whirlwind project, with Bateman Books approaching them about the book mid-year with a view to having the new offering available for Christmas.
The book is one of a series of specialist books by Bateman Books on various hobby subjects.
As far as hobbies go, O’Toole was perfectly positioned to write this book having been a dedicated hot rodder for more than 50 years.
“We had lots of material to draw on from events and feature pieces over the last four or five years and were delighted to be part of a project which focused solely on cars in the southern hemisphere,” Larry said. See the December 31 edition of the Mail for the full story…

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.