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Street Machine October 2019

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.

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AS A young Queenslander in the early 80s, my first exposure to John Peterson was in the pages of magazines, including some mentions in Street Machine, a feature story on his Zephyr in Custom Rodder and, most crucially, an extensive interview in Supercar, issue six. I was a Holden guy through and through, but how could I resist a story entitled Burnout King? THE WHOLE IDEA OF BURNOUT COMPETITIONS WAS IN ITS INFANCY AT THE TIME, AND JOHN WAS THE REIGNING BURNOUT CHAMPION The first spread was boardered with anti-Chev and Holden cartoons and the second featured prominent artwork declaring that the Zephyr was an Authorised GM Destroyer. The story starts with a proposition that still resonates today: “It helps to be either crazy or a shareholder in a tyre company if…

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plastic fantastic

THE URGENCY WITH WHICH THE CAR LEAVES THE LINE SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR THE LOWDOWN GRUNT AND RAZOR-SHARP THROTTLE RESPONSE OFFERED UP BY THE HARROP BLOWER IN THE August issue of Street Machine, we brought you a step-by-step guide to fitting Harrop’s brand new TVS2300 Holden supercharger kit to my long-suffering LC GTR Torana. To up the degree of difficulty, we did it live in front of thousands of people at MotorEx in Melbourne, and managed to have it up and running with the blower by the end of the weekend. From there, we took the car to MPW Performance, where Adam Rogash tuned it to deliver 302rwhp – almost double the typical output of a stock injected 5.0-litre. There’s plenty more grunt to be had by treating the junkyard powerplant to some…

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hot gossip

HQ HOLDEN RUN BIG ups to Scott Mcalinden and the crew behind the annual HQ Holden Run for another successful event. Scott took over this year from Mark and Emma Sauer, who founded the run in 2012. As well as getting over 250 examples of one of Holden’s most iconic models together for a cruise, the event raised over $3000 for Rural Aid. “I used to work in the mines in Central Queensland and saw how hard it was for the farmers out there with the drought, and thought we could do something to help them,” Scott said. You can check out a gallery from the event at whichcar.com.au/streetmachine. BORDER BATTLE ALBURY-based Street Machine photographer Luke Hunter is staging his first car show, 26 October! Dubbed Border Battle, it is a State of…

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spit and polish

14-15 SEP, MAITLAND, NSW Toranafest, Maitland Park. Visit toranafest.com.au. 14 SEP, CARRUM DOWNS, VIC Kuztum ’A’ Rama Warehouse Party, 115 Frankston Gardens Drive. Email kuztumarama@gmail.com. 15 SEP, MELBOURNE, VIC Coffee & Cars Morning at Albert Park, 22 Aughtie Drive. Visit bmwdcm.com.au/ event-3501949. 15 SEP, BEAUDESERT, QLD 2019 Super Sunday Show ’n’ Shine, Beaudesert Showgrounds. Visit scenicrimmotorsports.com. 15 SEP, APPIN, NSW Appin Wheels Festival, Appin Public School. Call Melissa 0420 662 396. 15 SEP, MAROUBRA, NSW Maroubra Beach Hop charity car show, Broadarrow Reserve. Email rickochev@ gmail.com. 15 SEP, KYOGLE, NSW Kyogle Motor Vehicle Club Show ’n’ Shine, Kyogle Football Grounds. Email kyoglemotorvehicleclub@gmail.com. 20-22 SEP, SPRINGVALE, VIC Shannons Nationals, Sandown Raceway.Visit thenationals.com.au/sandown/. 20-22 SEP, JAMIESON, VIC Jamieson High Country Rod Muster. Call Greg on 0484 637 605 or email HighCountryRodders@hotmail.com. 20-22 SEP, NAGAMBIE, VIC Cranksters Cruise Nagambie, Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre, 69 Loddings Lane.Visit cranksterscruise.org.au. 21 SEP, BANNOCKBURN, VIC Bannockburn Custom Car…

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jason riding

The EH had rust so bad my mates named it ‘Elephant Holes’ and would chuck their iced coffee cartons through the gaps in the floor ADELAIDE’S Jason Riding has been turning sick rides out of his workshop, Lonsdale Autoshop, for nine years. As he heads towards a decade of disc brakes and double-pumpers, we head down ‘souf’ for a Coopers Pale Ale with the man himself. Were you always into tough cars? Nah, I was more into skateboarding as a kid. Then one of my mates bought an EH Holden with a single door welded up; it was like a two-door on one side and a four-door on the other. We’d cruise along Moana Esplanade and drop burnouts on Beach Road; I thought it was the best thing ever. You’re building a tough EH…

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thunder alley 1967

WOULD you like your carnage with cheese on top? Get stuck into 1967’s Thunder Alley, which serves up vintage US stock car mayhem with kitschy teen grooviness, baby. Yes, it’s cheap B-grade drive-in fodder. Yes, it stars a couple of vanilla-flavoured hams whose careers were on the slide in former Mousketeer Annette Funicello and pop singer Fabian. And yes, the storyline is as flimsy as an old wooden guardrail. But despite all that (or perhaps because of it?), Thunder Alley is good, dumb fun. It’s got car crashes, fireballs, mud wrestling and bar brawls, and a wild party that Austin Powers wishes he’d scored an invite to. Fabian plays pretty-boy stock car racer Tommy Callahan, who finds himself working as a stunt driver when he is suspended from NASCAR (although the term…