Street Machine January 2021

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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in this issue

2 min

WASN’T 2020 one for the books? Bastard COVID-19 aside, we jumped on the story of Victorian bloke Peter Hansen’s battle with VicRoads over his WEPN custom number plates, and it’s been quite a saga. First, VicRoads contacted Peter, insisting that the WEPN number plates he’d been running on his LC Torana for years were now considered offensive, and that he must return them lest his registration be cancelled. Pete first followed the internal appeals process at VicRoads, to no avail. He then took the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), which ruled that it “does not appear to have the jurisdiction or power to make the orders nor grant the relief that you are seeking”. PETER HANSEN’S ‘WEPN’ NUMBER PLATES ARE BACK WHERE THEY BELONG – FIRMLY AFFIXED TO EITHER…

3 min
a lot on his plate

ALMOST as soon as the news arrived that Victorian street machiner Peter Hansen was enjoying a hard-fought win over VicRoads with the return of his WEPN number plates (see Broadcast, p. 5), it was the turn of NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) to bat for Team Fun Police. Well-known street machiner Stephen Sherry has been denied the number plate GRN4DE by the RMS. Stephen has owned his Sting Red LJ Torana since 1986, but the blown 383ci small-block has been swapped out for a tamer street-spec 307ci Chev so he could engineer and register the car for the first time in decades. “I’ve owned the car for 34 years and it has had four or five rebuilds, but it was never registered, so I used the show plates GRNADE,” Stephen…

2 min
hot gossip

MOTOREX! AFTER COVID put the kibosh on the 2020 event, Meguiar’s MotorEx is back at Melbourne Showgrounds, 6-7 February. All of the usual goodness will be in full effect, including some killer unveils, the Superstars showdown, drift rides, Performance Garage marketplace and the ever-popular Real Street show. But the big news is that there will be burnout displays for the first time ever, starring the likes of Lynchy, Rick Fuller and Matt Watts. For more info, check out It will be a big month for events in Victoria, with Showcars Melbourne back at Moonee Valley Racecourse on 21 February. Unfortunately, the Victorian Hot Rod Show will not be on for 2021, but plans are in place for 2022. OPTIMA CHALLENGE POSTPONED WE’RE pumped for the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car…

3 min
drift off?

LOCATED on Brisbane’s south side next to Archerfield Airport, Archerfield Drift Park has been a treasured location for fans of the sidewinding sport for 15 years. Run by former Aussie Drift Champion Luke Fink, the Park sits on a parcel of land adjacent to (and leased from) the historic Archerfield Speedway. Now it is facing a forced closure. “Archerfield Speedway has been in its location for 50-60 years, and we’ve been drifting here for 15 years,” Luke says. “Brisbane City Council told the Speedway, not us, that there should never have been drifting allowed on this land because in 1974 the land was zoned as a car park and a squash court. Their argument is that we can’t run drifting on that land because the Speedway needs that land to park…

2 min
terry blanchard

TERRY Blanchard has been competing in Far North Queensland burnout comps in JOYRIDE, his LS1-powered ’77 Corolla, for three years now. We caught up with him at the recent Tropical Meltdown (see full report, p. 46) at Springmount Raceway to see what sparked his passion for frying tyres. Have you always been a car bloke? I’ve been at the drag strip since I was nine months old. My family always had drag cars growing up. I inherited my dad’s first drag car that he raced when he was 16, an HK Kingswood. We bought it back 10 years ago and it ended up being my first drag car when I was 17. I drove that for a few years until I hurt the gearbox, but instead of spending the money to fix…

3 min
dead end drive-in 1986

EVER wondered what would happen if you filled the Mad Max universe with horny teenagers? Dead End Drive-In offers all the answers. Australian exploitation legend Brian Trenchard-Smith (the brains behind BMX Bandits, Turkey Shoot and The Man From Hong Kong) took the helm for this muddled piece of dystopian action cinema, with a script loosely based on a short story by Peter Carey. Stuck delivering hot dogs in a Morris van, Jimmy ‘Crabs’ Rossini (Ned Manning) strives to emulate his tow-truck driver brother Frank (Wallabies loose head prop Ollie Hall). Driving an F100 wrapped in protective steel bars, Frank battles other towies and marauding looters for precious car parts in a society teetering toward social and economic collapse. Crabs lusts after Frank’s beloved ’56 Chevrolet, and pilfers the immaculate two-door for a night…