Street Machine April 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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3 min

YEAH, I’m back, baby! Editor Broads is enjoying a much-deserved month off, which seems to have been largely taken up with attempting to hurt himself on dirt bikes, playing guitar and fixing Toranas. Perfect! One of the hottest topics among the Street Machine staff and contributors lately has been ‘COVID tax’; that is, the rapidly inflating prices of used cars in general but enthusiast cars in particular. Some of our team have deep knowledge about how the classic car market works due to their previous employment at various insurance and auction houses. Their view is that the situation is no different to 30 years ago, when a young punk could buy a Charger for $1000. Or 40 years ago, when a decent FJ Holden could be had for $500. The only difference…

2 min
become a hot wheels legend!

THERE are a few truly big accolades in the field of custom car building – Street Machine of the Year, Summernats Grand Champion and the Ridler Award, for example. Now you can add to that list the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a worldwide virtual car show that sees the winner immortalised as a 1:64 scale die-cast vehicle! Last year’s winner was Riley Stair’s incredible 1970 Pontiac Trans Am – a car that has taken the pro touring concept to a whole new level and shows off Riley’s awesome fabrication skills. The Trans Am and the other 2020 finalists were judged in a ceremony at Jay Leno’s Garage, with celebrity judges including Snoop Dogg, Brionna Lynch and Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias making the hard calls. This year will see the fourth instalment of the…

1 min
> hot gossip

TROLVO TENS! WE will have a full rundown on King of the Street from Heathcote Park next issue, but we’re happy to report that Scott Taylor broke the 10-second barrier in our Toyota 1JZ-powered Volvo on his first pass during pre-event testing! However, attempting to better that time using the transbrake resulted in a twisted axle. Fortunately, a generous local came to the rescue with a loaner axle, and the Swedish Brick was back in action and running for race day. Catch the full episode at STREET TOK WE have been buggerising around with TikTok for a couple of years now, but we’ve decided to get serious with it, with our man Paul Cronin leading the charge. Check it out for lots of event coverage and some behind-the-scenes giggles. Be warned though,…

3 min
drag challenge is go!

AFTER COVID-19 gave Street Machine Drag Challenge the heave-ho in 2020, we’re stoked to announce that Australia’s toughest street-car torture test is back for 2021! This year’s event will be an all-Victorian affair in terms of tracks, starting and finishing at Calder Park Raceway, and will see the entrants crossing the length and breadth of the state as they visit South Coast Raceway in Portland, Sunset Strip in Mildura and the revitalised Heathcote Park Raceway. The spirit and the rules of the event stay as they have been since our first hit-out in 2014 – street cars driven from track to track, under their own steam and without support vehicles. Winners in most of the classes are determined by adding together each racer’s best time from each day’s racing. The racer with the…

1 min
> hot gossip

FAST FORTY STREET Machine turns the big 40 this year, and we’ll be celebrating with a massive August issue and a hell of a lot more besides. One really cool thing we’ve got on the boil is a limited-edition range of T-shirts featuring legendary Street Machine feature cars from days gone by. To have your say on what cars we choose, have a squiz at the poll at OPTIMA CHALLENGE THE Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car is on again at Calder Park Raceway, 20-21 November. Just like the famous US version, local entrants will compete in their street-registered rides in a number of challenges, including lap sprints, autokhana, go-to-whoa, drags and a street cruise. At $200, entry is great value for the amount of track time up for grabs. We’ll…

2 min
duty bound

WE ALL know the drill: Buy a car, get it regoed in your name and pay the stamp duty on the purchase price. Where it can get a little murky is when you buy an unregistered car, spend a small fortune fixing it up and then have to work out its value when it comes time to register it. Chris Bitmead, owner and builder of the Street Machine of the Year-winning XBOSS XB Falcon, got a rude reminder of this recently. He received an email from the Western Australian Office of State Revenue (OSR) that suggested he might owe as much as $65,000 in stamp duty and associated penalties! “Back in January 2019, the state government instructed insurance companies to provide information on classic vehicles manufactured prior to 1990 with an insurance…