T HE inaugural Cruising Nationals was held in Deniliquin in April this year, with music, drag racing, lots of street cruising and even some burnouts making up the action. The centrepiece of the show, however, was the draw of the event’s raffle car, a righteous ’32 roadster.
While red Deuce roadsters are hardly thin on the ground, this one was built in a muscular 60s drag style. We covered the start of the build in Street Machine Hot Rod 12 and we tallied up over $65,000 in parts alone, including the steel Brookville reproduction body, Scandinavian Street Rods chassis, 383ci Chev donk and Tremec five-speed transmission. Then we featured the finished product in Hot Rod 14, and what a stunner it turned out to be.
It won’t meet the letter of the law for rego in Victoria, as the boys putting it together decided that style was more important than conforming to some bureaucrat’s notion of how a hot rod should look. That's a simple fix, though!
At the end of the build, the car was valued at $130K, and the lucky winner was David Knoll from NSW. Other winners included Paul Warburton, who picked up a trip to Palm Cove in Cairns, and Shannon Eastwood, who received a $5K Rocket Industries voucher. Congrats lads!
The event is on again 15-17 April, 2016. More great prizes will be available in the raffle, headed by a Roush Mustang. For more info, check out thecruisingnationals.com.
IN THE December mag, we announce the winner of the 2015 Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year award! We’ll also announce who won the VIP trip to Street Machine Summernats 29. Big thanks to everyone who voted!
You’ll also find coverage of Supernats, Chopped and Performance Car Mania, just for starters.
Feature cars will include an LS-powered XW Falcon (sorry Ford fans), the mighty ITSWAR Holden Gemini and a super-neat and tough Valiant hardtop out of South Oz. It goes on sale 12 November. Catch ya then!