Street Machine October 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.

Are Media Pty Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min

IT’S been a month to the day since we sent the 40th-anniversary edition of Street Machine to print, and while we had a feeling it was a pretty special mag, I remain floored by how well it has been received. I heard from one bloke who felt compelled to call and tell me I had rocks in my head for featuring an electric car in Street Machine. We ended up chatting for half an hour, bonding over our mutual hatred of the wretched things (not to mention our love of two-stroke dirt bikes), then we bade each other farewell. That aside, the feedback we’ve had has been overwhelmingly positive, and if I’m honest, I’m still on a bit of a high as a result. I’m proud that our team was able to…

3 min
pye in the sky

REPCO Supercars Championship driver Scott Pye may get to thrash a 300km/h V8-powered ZB Commodore on weekends, but we’re more interested in seeing his new daily driver come to fruition. The Team 18 racer has a pro touring-flavoured ’56 Ford F100 in the build, set to become the shop truck for his business, One Nine Media. Erebus Garage, the street-car arm of Melbourne’s Erebus Motorsport, is handling the build, which features cool hardware like a Magnum independent front end and parallel four-link rear end from United Speed Shop. United’s Ryan Carter has whipped up a tasty rendering (opposite page, top) that shows where Erebus is heading with the build. “We started the relationship with Erebus after James White, the head fabricator there, rang up because he wanted a front end for a…

2 min
hot gossip

TASSIE BEDEVILLED THERE is a glimmer of hope for Tasmania’s drag racers, who have been without any eighth-mile action at the Powranna strip since early 2020. Since then, the venue has been used for burnout events only, but was recently sold to a new owner who is looking for an operator to run the strip. Word is that the track will need a sizeable investment to bring it up to ANDRA specs. CAM’S COUPE SCOTT Pye isn’t the only Supercars pilot with a streeter in the build – Tickford Mustang racer Cam Waters is using Lockdown #6 in Melbourne to push on with work on his XB coupe project. “Good mate Jon Grove is building the engine for me. He worked in the engine shop at Tickford for a few years and has…

2 min
warwick dragway extension works

SOUTH-East Queensland’s beloved Warwick Dragway eighth-mile track is midway through its transformation into a full quarter-mile, along with major upgrades to facilities, after funding for the project was announced late last year. Warwick is a favourite of ours and the wider drag racing community, having played host to the Six-Banger Nats and Dragfest and been a regular stop on our three-day Drag Challenge Weekend events. In December last year, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced AU$1.9 million in funding for the Warwick upgrades, with work commencing in June this year. The track upgrades include replacing the old eighth-mile strip with fresh concrete, which will also have an extra 800 metres of asphalt track added to make it a full quarter-mile and include the necessary run-off area. Other improvements include the much-needed addition of timing…

3 min
james mackie

"CECIL IS A 1968 XT FALCON GT REPLICA. I THINK IT WAS BUILT IN THE LATE 80s, AND TO ME IT’S A PERFECT 80s STREET MACHINE" WHILE James Mackie is mostly known on the internet for his sacrilegious, LS-swapped XY Falcon drift car, XYYNOT (SM, Oct ’16), his XT GT tribute dubbed ‘Cecil’ is the perfect response to any haters and a favourite for his kids. You’ve got a few old Fords in your fleet. What started your love affair with chrome-bumpered Falcons? I remember as a kid I fell in love with an XY GT, and I always watched Bathurst and stuff. My first Falcon like this was an XW Fairmont, but I’m not biased – my first car was a 253 VH SL/E; I’ve owned a VT ClubSport; I’ve got an…

7 min
mark parsons

Part 6 THIS month we wrap up our six-part series on the memorable and diverse car history of Mark Parsons. The nearly 50 cars we’ve delved into across five decades has only scratched the surface of the dozens of rides that shared Mark’s journey during that period. One thing is clear: Mark’s unwavering passion for a wide variety of rides has withstood the test of time amongst life and family commitments, and is unlikely to fade away anytime soon. 01: FOUND on Gumtree for $3000 as an unfinished project in Adelaide, this LJ Torana was freighted north by Mark and his son, Ricky. The four-cylinder donk had already been swapped out for a VN V6 Commodore engine and Turbo 700 trans, and it wasn’t long before the pair stripped it down to…