CONTENTS

> FEATURES

SEPTEMBER 2016 | VOLUME 36 | ISSUE 9

> FEATURES

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LEGEND – RACHELLE SPLATT

Mother of five and the first woman in the world to run 300mph in a Top Fuel dragster

44

VALVOLINE SMOTY 2016

SMOTY is back with 16 of the best – it’s time to vote for your favourite Street Machine Of The Year

58

MOTOREX MELBOURNE ’16

MotorEx returns to Melbourne to put on the biggest indoor show in the country

84

GAZZANATS DARWIN

Celebrating Territory Day in style, with fireworks and high-rpm burnout action

112

SURVIVOR VANS

Three classic panel vans from the early 80s: Jade, Foxy Lady and Vanrat. Viva la sin-bin

128

DRAG CHALLENGE

There’s 115 entrants coming to Drag Challenge this year. Here’s a closer look at some of the contenders

162

SLEEPERS

With a single-turbo small-block, this ain’t your grandad’s Valiant!

> REGULARS

05 TELFO 10 NEWSFRONT 16 SPIT & POLISH 18 PEOPLE LIKE US 26 SNAP SHOTS 28 FANGING FLICK 31 YOUR STUFF & PRIVACY NOTICE 136 DIRTY STUFF 138 STAGE WRITE 140 URBAN WARFARE 145 TOP 10 LISTS 146 IN GEAR 148 WILD AT HEART 152 BLOWIN’ GASKETS 154 IRON MAIDEN 156 READERS’ ROCKETS 164 LOL 166 SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY 170 MILL OF THE MONTH

ONE & ONLY 050

Check out the only automatic Aussie R/T Charger ever made

SMOTY 044

Who will win the Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year?

You get to decide!

NOBLE SAVAGE 036

Packing 441 cubes of screaming small-block, and a whole heap of nitrous, this HG Monaro is as tough as they come

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SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY

Glenn Watson wanted to make his HG Belmont go, so he dropped a 4.0L turbo Barra motor up front

104

DIRTY WORK

It may not be a ‘street machine’, but this dirt-churning Mustang is a classic piece of speedway history

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

400 cubes, twin turbos and an IRS rear end – this VE ute is headed for the six-second zone

096

QUARTER POUNDER

It’s a home-built LC Torana that runs mid-10s and looks like a show car

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FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION

Everyone should have a Datsun ute with a blown and injected V8 up front