Street Machine July 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

3 min

I’VE just returned from the launch of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 at Sydney Motorsport Park. It’s a ripper car – a track-focused, factory hot-rodded Mustang, inspired by the original ’69 Mach 1. If you’re interested in my thoughts on it, check out the review at But it got me thinking about the new-car landscape in Australia in this post-local manufacturing era. For us lovers of V8-powered, rear-drive performance cars, the truth is, it’s pretty bleak. With the Camaro no longer available and Chrysler’s decision to discontinue the 300 SRT in Australia this year, the Mustang stands alone as the only affordable option. Street Machine is not a new-car mag, so it’s not something we spend a lot of time contemplating, but it will become a problem in 10 or…

4 min
expression session is back!

THE September issue of Street Machine is going to be a 244-page extravaganza, celebrating the 40th anniversary of this esteemed journal of record. We’ve got a stack of fun stuff planned, but one thing we’re really pumped for is the return of our much-loved Expression Session column. Kicking off in the March 1997 issue of SM, Expression Session was a showcase for wild concept car ideas, featuring artist Jeff Haggarty on the crayons, journo Glenn Torrens on the words and engineer Werner Ihle adjudicating on the legality of what was being proposed. Jeff went on to a long career with Holden, where he worked on some amazing projects, including Efijy, the VZ Monaro, the SST Commodore show car and the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Jeff’s last issue was the January 2002 mag, after which the…

2 min
hot gossip

ENTER SANDMAN GREG Maskell and his team at Maskell’s Customs & Classics are flat-out working on a very special HZ Sandman replica project. “John and Glenda McCue approached us early this year about finishing the restoration of their late son’s van,” says Greg. “Luke was 18 and had just started his auto electrical apprenticeship. He’d already built up a One Tonner and had just started on the van when he passed away in a traffic accident. The family wanted to complete the van in his honour, and once we’d heard about Luke and what an incredible young man he was, the whole team here wanted to get involved.” Greg has also had a lot of support from folks in the industry, with the likes of KBS, Resto Country, Harkrome, PPG, Brilliant…

2 min
covid classic crunch

IT’S a phrase sellers are loving and keen buyers are dreading: COVID tax. It’s hit all areas of the car market pretty hard in the past 12 months or so, but the worst by far has been the skyrocketing classic market. The recent results from a Grays classic car auction are stone-cold proof of this, the major headline being Peter Brock’s personal HDT VK Group A road car, which sold for $1,057,509 before buyer’s premium. It was joined by a V8 XE Fairmont, which was not only the last XE fitted with a V8 before Ford canned them, but had also never been sold privately. With just 60km on the ticker, it went for $354,759, along with a shed-find RPO 83-spec XA GT hardtop, which reached $276,009 – both those prices before…

3 min
chris stuttard

WE SPOTTED Chris Stuttard’s BADLH8 1974 LH Torana in the pits at the recent Tuff Mounts Holden Nationals at Heathcote Park Raceway. We hit him up for a chat about his 10-second, all-motor, street-driven Torry. How long have you had the Torana? I got it around five years ago. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid to own a Torana. I’ve always been into Holdens because it’s always what my dad had growing up. I actually missed out on an LC coupe just before I bought this one, so I jumped on the LH straight away! What condition was it in? It had a 355 stroker in it, but it was a bit sad. It was already painted in the HSV Cherry Black paint – that was done around 20…

7 min
mark parsons

THE street machine scene stepped up a serious notch by the late 1980s, with the first Summernats laying an annual foundation for the explosion in build styles coming in hot for the 1990s. Mark Parsons was still deep in car projects at the time, elevating his game with a view to future show and drag-strip success. “I’ve never gambled and I’ve never smoked,” he says. “Money was always precious to me so I could funnel it into cars.” We take up the third part of Mark’s car journey during this period, showcasing some builds that would still draw plenty of admiration today. 01: SIX-HUNDRED bucks bought Mark this grubby blue XB GS as a parts donor for his Fairmont family car. “It was fully optioned with air and steer, and was…