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Street Machine

Street Machine

November 2020

Street Machine is the country’s biggest selling, most widely read and most respected modified car magazine. Combining great photography with accurate, expert coverage of the Aussie modified car scene and in-depth technical features, Street Machine celebrates Australia’s passion for older cars, V8s and the lifestyle that surrounds them.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
broadcast

OF ALL the killer events that have been cancelled or postponed this year on account of bastard COVID-19, the one that bummed us out the most was the inaugural Sydney running of Street Machine Drag Challenge Weekend scheduled for April at Sydney Dragway, not to mention the fullscale, five-day DC which traditionally runs around this time of the year. Drag Challenge events are hard yakka for the SM team. There are months of planning and logistics involved, from plotting and pre-running the route to liaising with tracks, designing and ordering merch and organising transport and accommodation for our team – and dozens upon dozens of critical tasks in between. DRAG CHALLENGE WEEKEND IS RETURNING TO QUEENSLAND, HEADING FROM WILLOWBANK RACEWAY TO WARWICK DRAGWAY AND BACK AGAIN, 27-29 NOVEMBER During the event itself, there…

2 min.
summernats postponed

FOR the first time since 1988, there will be no Street Machine Summernats held in Canberra in January. “We’d been working hard with the ACT Government to find a path to holding Summernats in January 2021,” says ’Nats co-owner Andy Lopez. “Unfortunately, at this stage, the rules around holding major events in the ACT due to COVID-19 means that it won’t be feasible in January. Events of more than 5000 people that aren’t in stadiums won’t be considered. “It feels very weird saying that, now that the decision has been made. But we have been working on contingency plans in case this happened, so we’re now focusing on putting on a series of events that will bring the ’Nats experience across the country and into regions where our punters are. And then…

1 min.
hot gossip

FAREWELL, LEGENDS SEPTEMBER was a rough month for the drag racing community. Sydney Pro Street stalwart, Hume Performance boss and all-round great guy Joe Sabato (his Torana pictured below) was killed in a traffic incident, shocking the racing community locally and across the country. We also lost pioneering Aussie Top Fuel racer and vintage Ford guru Jim Kerr – we’ll have a tribute to him in an upcoming issue. And legendary racing official John ‘Stomper’ Winterburn also passed away, the same week that he was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. CLASSIC CONCESSION WESTERN Australian car buffs rejoice! At long last your prayers have been answered, with the WA Transport Minister announcing last month that the Concessions for Classics scheme will kick off in early 2021. Much like club heritage…

1 min.
drag challenge weekend 2020

LET’S start with the bad news: There will be no five-day Street Machine Drag Challenge in 2020. The COVID-19 situation in Victoria means it simply isn’t an option for the first time since the event took flight in 2014. And the good news? Drag Challenge Weekend is going to rock South East Queensland, 27-29 November! The concept is simple: Australia’s quickest street cars put to the test on road and track! All competitors have to make their way safely from track to track under their own power, without support or tow vehicles. If you think you have a swift street car, this is the way to prove that it ain’t no trailer queen! Sound like your jam? Entries are $400, which includes your Drag Challenge T-shirt and covers your crew members. Entries…

3 min.
nathan sutherland

NATHAN Sutherland’s formerly green KILLASET VK Commodore has been a familiar sight in top-tier burnout events around the country for years now. But during a COVID-induced break from competition, the Canberra resident decided to give the car a makeover before taking it to Red CentreNATS #6. We caught up with Nathan at the event to discuss his VK’s new look and why he loves travelling the country to murder tyres. What brought you to Red CentreNATS this year? I just love road trips. We’ve come up for the past three years now, and it’s a good event. Plus because of COVID we haven’t hit the pad since the Wildcard Shootout at Street Machine Summernats earlier this year, so I was keen to finally get out there again with the new look on…

4 min.
the chain reaction 1980

IF 1979’s Mad Max is about what Australia would look like post-apocalypse, then The Chain Reaction, released the following year, depicts a small band of folks striving to prevent a massive, man-made disaster. The two films share more than just similar themes; for starters, Mad Max director George Miller was one of The Chain Reaction’s producers and directed the car chase scenes. The production is also chock-full of Max actors; we’ve got Steve ‘The Goose’ Bisley, Hugh ‘The Toecutter’ Keays-Byrne, Roger ‘Fifi’ Ward, Tim ‘Johnny the Boy’ Burns, David ‘Mudguts’ Bracks and an uncredited Mel Gibson in a fetching mesh T-shirt. Other notables include Full Frontal’s Kim Gyngell as the lecherous airbrush artist Crabs and muso Frankie J Holden as the excellently named Farts. And like Mad Max, The Chain Reaction…