Street Machine December 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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min

I’M A bit of a Johnny-come-lately in the grand scheme of Street Machine’s proud history. I’ve been a reader since the mid-90s, but I didn’t get involved as a contributor until 2008. I became a full-time staffer in 2017 and only scored the editor’s gig last year, so I’m very fortunate to have been tasked with assembling Street Machine’s bumper 40th-anniversary issue a few months back, and now this – SM’s 400th issue! They’re two significant milestones that the mag happened to reach in quick succession, and it’s important to acknowledge them, because SM and its readers have always been particularly conscious of our scene’s heritage. Exactly which issue of the magazine marks our 400th is somewhat contentious, as SM evolved from Van Wheels magazine. To arrive at 400, we started counting…

1 min
if you need me, i’ll be in the shed

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3 min
going, going, gone!

IN 2007, Queenslander Darryl Mattingley made headlines when he purchased a Track Red 1971 Phase III GTHO for $680,000. At the time, this was the highest price paid for an Australian muscle car on the open market, and the sale paved the way for not only the $1 million prices we have seen for exceptional GTHOs since, but arguably the wider muscle car market as a whole. WHAT MAKES THIS GTHO SO VALUABLE IS ITS LOW MILEAGE – JUST 25,449 MILES – AND ITS STUNNING, UNRESTORED CONDITION Mattingley passed away in 2017, and now the GTHO and at least two other cars from his collection are being offered for auction by Shannons as part of its 40th Anniversary Timed Online Auction, 23-30 November. The GTHO wears special-order orange stripes instead of the usual…

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> hot gossip

NICE ONE! OUR SMOTY sponsor Milwaukee Tool has thrown its support behind the annual Laurie Starling Memorial Scholarship, which helps budding fabricators and designers pursue their dreams. The company will offer $4000 of financial support for course fees to a person undertaking a Certificate III or IV, diploma or degree, plus tools to the value of around $3500. “We’re extremely proud to work with the Starling family to honour Laurie’s values and to support the next generation of automotive fabricators,” said Tom Mathiesen, National Business Manager – Brand for Milwaukee Tool. For more info about the Laurie Starling award and entry details, head to RACEWARS ROLL RACING RACEWARS has announced a new event for 2022, bringing the first-ever roll racing to Perth Motorplex. A spinoff of the popular Albany runway sprints, Racewars…

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AMERICAN car enthusiasts have taken up a battle against the nation’s Environmental Protection Agency to secure the future of the modified car scene. They claim the EPA is trying to ban any form of modified street or race car by imposing exorbitant fines for those selling aftermarket parts that alter a vehicle’s emissions. The bunfight goes back to a November 2020 study from the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, which claimed 550,000 diesel trucks had their pollution controls removed or modified over a 10-year period – leading to 570,000 tonnes of nitrogen oxides and 5000 tonnes of particulate matter entering the atmosphere. The findings of that study led the EPA to launch the ‘National Compliance Initiative: Stopping Aftermarket Defeat Devices for Vehicles and Engines’, using powers granted to it under…

3 min
paul soklev

AN ALLIGATOR USED TO SHADE ITSELF BESIDE THE CHEVELLE. WHEN THE CAR WAS TAKEN AWAY, THE GATOR SMASHED THE SHELTER WALL TO PIECES! WHEN Paul Soklev popped up in the Street Machine inbox with this killer Chevelle and an equally cool back-story, we had to know more, so we hit him up for a chat. How did you end up with this Chevelle? I bought it off a dear friend of mine. One of my other mates was going to the States, and he told him, “If you see something of decency over there, can you buy me a car?” So he went over and saw this ’70 Chevelle at a car show in California and gave the owner an offer he pretty much couldn’t refuse. It ended up coming back here and…