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Street Machine January 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.

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MERRY Christmas, you lot! Thanks for picking up this bumper 244-page issue of the mag; we hope you get stacks of holiday reading for your hard-earned. There is something for everyone in there – from Rob Zahabi’s insane Dodge Challenger on the cover, right the way through to Dacoda Endacott’s cheap ’n’ cheerful HR Holden on page 200. A fair slice of the mag is devoted to our Drag Challenge coverage, and as usual, it is full of inspiring tales of triumph and struggle against adversity. Hell, sometimes I lack the motivation to get down into the shed and do a service on one of my cars – Drag Challenge competitors put me to shame! Just look at Queenslander Ben Taylor, on page 190. His turbo LS-powered ’67 Camaro popped a…

3 min.
viper the world

WE HAVE featured Lennard Vidot’s blown big-block HQ Monaro coupe (SM, Oct ’13) and since then he hasn’t just been sitting around polishing all the trophies from the show-winning Quey. For the past four years he’s been building this ’68 Dodge Charger, and it’s a much different animal to the wild methanol-fuelled Holden. “I got it out of California,” says Lennard. “It was an old drag car and it had a half-’cage and gutted interior. It was a 440 four-speed, and I could have just tidied it up and put it all back together, but I wanted something that was reliable, stayed cool in traffic, behaved and did everything it should.” At this point most people would be thinking along the lines of a late-model Hemi out of a Chrysler 300 or,…

1 min.
hot gossip

BABY LOVE! ACE Street Machine snapperChris‘Tappy’ Thorogood, his lovely misso Sarah and their rad little bloke Max recently welcomed a new addition to the family – Violet Sky Thorogood. As you can see, she’s fairly adorable, and better still, she had the decency to wait until Drag Challenge was over before gracing the Thorogoods with her presence, despite being due a week before the event! Welcome to the world, Violet, and congratulations fromeveryonehereat Street Machine! VALE RONNIE WHELAN THE Aussie car scene lost a favourite son in November, when Queenslander Ron Whelan passed away. Ron was most famously a long-time official at the Street Machine Summernats, but also served as president of Kustoms of Australia (Gold Coast) and a racer and scrutineer at Surfers Paradise. In recent years, Ron organised the car show…

2 min.
the ultimate street car?

THE pro touring juggernaut that is the Optima Search For The Ultimate Street Car (OSUSC) hit Australia for the first time on 16 and 17 November at Calder Park. While events like Drag Challenge and Drag Week feature the quickest road-registered straight-line machinery, the OSUSC aims to find the best all-round street car in terms of performance, fit and finish, engineering and comfort. For the first Aussie competition, the class structure was simplified to be Classic (pre-1990), Modern (post-1990) and Fast Four. All cars had to have production tags, fully enclosed wheels and wear street-legal, non-competition tyres with a tread-wear rating of 200 or higher (meaning no semi-slicks). The Aussie OSUSC had four segments (motorkhana, drags, circuit sprinting and speed-stop), forgoing the 160km road rally leg done in America. Each segment was worth…

6 min.
snap shots

KRIS EDWARDS > WYONG, NSW BACK in the August ’19 issue, we explored some of Kris Edwards’ history with cars, touching on the influence of his parents Colin and Jenny and the strong bond they shared building and racing all manner of cool rides as a family. After Colin passed in 2000, Jenny and Kris have continued to immerse themselves in the shared passion, bringing a third generation into the fold to cement the family tradition. 01: BOOM! Kris’s father Colin was a keen speedway racer for many years, and his blue humpy sedan ran a triple SU-equipped 186 stroker donk backed by an M20 four-speed and welded banjo diff. “This pretty heavy crash back in 1976 was the beginning of the end for Dad and speedway racing,” Kris says. “Poor old #58…

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spit and polish

20 DEC, CRANBOURNE, VIC Classic & Rod Club Cruize Night, Cranbourne. Call Sam 0407 020 200 or visit classicandrodclub.com.au. 20 DEC, GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS, QLD Sporto’s Car Meet, 902 Steve Irwin Way. Search Facebook for more info. 21 DEC, WETHERILL PARK, NSW Greenway Muscle Cars & Bikes Christmas Show, 1187 The Horsley Drive. Search Facebook for more info. 21 DEC, LAWNTON, QLD Barnies DecemberFest, 757 Gympie Road. Search Facebook for more info. 28 DEC, GEELONG, VIC Geelong Charity Mega Meet, Harvey Norman Waurn Ponds. Search Facebook for more info. 28 DEC, LIVERPOOL, NSW Harry’s Café De Wheels, Shop 1/20 Orange Grove Rd. Search Facebook for more info. 28 DEC–01 JAN, COOMA, NSW Holden FX/FJ Nationals, Cooma Showgrounds and surrounds.Visit fxfjnats.com.au. 29 DEC, CRAWLEY, WA Classic Cars & Coffee, University of WA.Visit classicarsandcoffee.com.au. 02-05 JAN, CANBERRA, ACT Street Machine Summernats 33, Exhibition Park. Visit summernats.com.au for more info. 05-06 JAN,…