This month we talk to Norm Hardinge from AUSSIE DESERT COOLER

AUSTRALIA IS HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST TALENTED MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE AFTERMARKET, AND THE PRODUCTS WE DEVELOP AND MANUFACTURE HERE ARE EXPORTED THE WORLD OVER.

STREET MACHINE’S TRUE BLUE SECTION CELEBRATES THE MEN AND WOMEN BEHIND THE PRODUCTS, AS WELL AS THE BUSINESSES AND PRODUCTS THEMSELVES THAT HAVE MADE AUSTRALIA THE INTERNATIONAL HOME OF HORSEPOWER. BUYING AUSTRALIAN SUPPORTS A THRIVING LOCAL INDUSTRY, AND KEEPS REAL PEOPLE IN REAL JOBS. HERE ARE A SELECTION OF BUSINESSES DEDICATED TO STAYING AUSTRALIAN MADE: Gidday I am Norm Hardinge from Aussie Desert Cooler Aussie Desert Cooler manufactures high performance radiators for modified cars.

Made in Australia, by Australians for Australians... Aussie Desert Cooler has been a well known part of the modified car scene for over 20 years sponsoring events and appearing at major car events across Australia with Summernats in Canberra, Motorex in Sydney or Melbourne and Motorvation in Perth being some of our favourites.

The business began as a way to raise cash to build a 1940 Ford pickup by selling Hot Rod and Street Machine radiators at local swap meets. At the time I was running three major radiator shops in Melbourne catering for the general public. I enjoyed the car scene and the people so much that I sold off the three shops and concentrated all efforts into what has become Aussie Desert Cooler.

I and my partner Vicki tooled up with equipment to manufacture custom radiators for modified cars. We started with some old machinery that was collecting dust in Sydney and made it work.

Nowadays we have some state of the art machinery and top tradesmen producing high quality products for our customers.

Because we are car guys with years of experience, not just radiator manufacturers, we have a greater understanding of what is required to do the job.

We specialise in weird shit, so if it has to be custom, we can make it happen in 24 to 48 hours, and then ship it anywhere in Australia. We have over 40 years experience playing with modified cars, so if you’re not sure what you need to keep your latest project cool, give us a call 0394658806. We also have a tech help line norm.hardinge@aussiedesertcooler.com.au Our radiators are used right across Australia in extreme conditions.

Our Burnout King range is used by the country’s top burnout masters like Gary Myers, Clint Ogilvie, John Taverna and Peter and Debbie Gray.

These guys have relied on Aussie Desert Cooler year after year.

Not only do our radiators work in extreme conditions, they look great and help dress up your engine bay.

You can find our radiators on display in engine bays at most car shows around Australia. Our Street and Strip range is a big favourite with street machiners running stroker motors, turboed or blown motors on the street. We also have a large range of heavy duty 4wd radiators for use in extreme applications.

Our quality products are designed and manufactured with Australia’s harsh conditions in mind. We offer a 3 year warranty.

We employ Australians and the money stays here.

We are currently working on a range of easy fit engine oil coolers for street machines and 4wds.

Until the Aussie dollar went up we were exporting into 5 countries.

Now with the Aussie dollar below 75 US cents we are already pushing back into those markets.

Our greatest achievements ... same as most of you guys... it happens every weekend - We build cars, we show cars, we race cars.

We have recently invested in the latest equipment available for radiator manufacturing. We intend to increase our product range and market share Support your locally made Australian products. Keep people in real jobs.