Street Machine September 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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4 min

WELCOME to the 244 pages of beautness that is Street Machine’s 40th anniversary issue. Four decades and counting is a hell of a milestone for any brand, especially in the publishing game, which can be fickle at times. But Street Machine has survived and thrived thanks in no small part to you lot – our readers – and your passion not only for what we do, but for modified cars in general. Thanks for backing SM by buying the mag; consuming, sharing and interacting with our digital content; buying our merch; attending our events; or supporting those who support us. Thanks for building amazing cars for us to feature, sharing your projects with us for Readers’ Rockets and In The Build, and dropping us a line for Your Stuff. I once…

2 min
nitro breakaway!

IN A huge shake-up for Aussie drag racing, the country’s four active Top Fuel teams have broken away from the IHRA-sanctioned 400 Thunder Series to launch the Australian Top Fuel Championship. Jim Read Racing, Lamattina Top Fuel Racing, PremiAir Racing and Rapisarda Autosport International have all committed to the inaugural series, which will include races in Victoria and WA for the first time in years. “Victorian and West Australian fans have been wanting Top Fuel championship events, so it’s great to add these regions to the mix,” said Rapisarda Autosport International crew chief Santino Rapisarda. Although the calendar is still being finalised, the 2022 Australian Top Fuel Championship is set to include six rounds across four states and territories, with at least six Top Fuel cars planning to race at each round.…

2 min
hot gossip

A GOOD CAUSE MATER Cars For Cancer is celebrating its 100th draw by offering up a bumper prize package, including a limited-edition Mustang Mach 1. The Queensland-based charity has been operating for 16 years and raised millions to help support cancer research. In addition to the Mach 1, the winner of Cars For Cancer 100 will take home a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, a Patriot Campers X3 camper trailer, $60,000 of cashable gold bullion and plus even more! If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can instead choose a Mach 1, a RAM 1500 Express Crew Cab pick-up, a Harley-Davidson Breakout motorbike, $60,000 in gold bullion and the $2700 Coles-Myer voucher. Each package is worth over $300K! Tickets are $30 and entries close at 7:55pm on 13 September 2021, ahead of…

2 min
tamworth drag plans fire up

TAMWORTH could soon become the motorsport hub of country NSW, with plans to reinvent the Oakburn Park Motorsport Complex into a world-class facility with a speedway, racing circuit and drag strip. The Tamworth Sporting Car Club (TSCC) recently shared a video on its Facebook page outlining the plans in place for the facility. The plans are to progress in three major stages. Stage two is the most important, as it will include the construction of a new 1.2km Touring Car circuit and an ANDRA-sanctioned eighth-mile drag strip. Stage three will then see the drag strip extended to a full quarter-mile and the circuit increased to a 3.1km layout. Oakburn Park is just 13km from the Tamworth CBD, with the TSCC regularly using the current 760m short circuit for hillclimb and circuit events, while the…

4 min
mark allen

YOU’LL find Mark Allen cruising the streets of Moorabbin in his rare Chrysler 300, but he has another cool thing to his name – a copy of every Street Machine issue ever released, right back to the Van Wheels era! He’s brimming with enthusiasm for our mag’s history and what it represents, so we got in touch for a chat. How did you end up with every issue of Street Machine? My grandmother used to take my sister and me to the Great Barrier Reef for holidays, and I bought the April/May 1984 issue up there when I was 13. I was into cars already, but that got me hooked on the magazine! I bought every issue from then on. I moved house a couple of times over the years, and I…

7 min
mark parsons

AS THE new millennium approached, Mark Parsons was celebrating nearly a quarter of a century building hot cars – long enough to have seen certain styles and fads come and go. But what separated Mark from many of his peers was his general lack of brand allegiance – he just loves cars. And if he likes a certain car or can just plain see potential in a particular make or model, he’s always jumped in balls-deep and given each project his all. 01: WELL-known hot rodder Len Moore was a good mate of Mark’s. “He had a very tough green T-bucket that ran a blown small-block Chev, which he would drag-race in a pair of overalls – no rollcage or anything,” Mark says. “He owned a Ford wrecking yard in Yennora…