THIS issue we welcome Andrew Broadley on board as our new features editor.
Broads has been contributing to Street Machine for almost a decade, in between day gigs with The Picture, Australian Dirt Bike and a stint in the mines. He’s had a few different rides over the years, but his most faithful steed is his green LC Torana, which he first got running with a hot six and then a heavy-hitting Holden V8. The car is currently copping some serious engine bay smoothing, under the watchful eye/bad influence of good mate Damien Lowe.
You might also remember the time Broads and his mates decided to get his wife Kirsten’s rat-style LC ready as a wedding day surprise (SM, Apr ’14). Kirsten is an accomplished designer and photographer and she and Broads have teamed up to do some epic event coverage over the years for SM, including Drag Week and Drag Challenge – hopefully they’ll get time to do some more this year.
The best part about Andrew joining the team is that he isn’t replacing anyone – he’s an addition and a very welcome one at that. The Street Machine empire has been growing fast in recent times, most notably with our online videos and conducting Drag Challenge, but there is a lot more to come in 2017.
First up, we’ve got a new monthly online show called Carnage. Unabashedly inspired by Roadkill and Mighty Car Mods, Carnage will be there as we build and race the craziest budget creations our fevered imaginations can dream up, led by Scott Taylor. The first episode should be done by the second week in March, so check it out on streetmachine. com.au. We’re excited!
Another new feature is our monthly Bench Racing show that goes live on our Facebook page on the first Thursday or Friday evening of the month. Scotty and I wrap up what has made news in the world of street machining over the previous month, have a few laughs with the audience and chat to some specials guests. Don’t do BookFace? We’ll stick Bench Racing up on our YouTube channel the following Monday.
The third prong in our online assault is Classic Car Hunter, presented by long-time SM scribe and VW racer, Glenn Torrens, and supported by Ryno Insurance. Glenn travels the country, searching out the coolest stories he can find on and off the beaten track. We did a bunch of CCH episodes last year; you can view them on our website or our YouTube channel.
All of this stuff is fun, but it takes people power to do it – all while maintaining the high standards we expect from the magazine itself. With the extra firepower Broads brings to the team, expect to see more tech in the mag this year, as well as extra history yarns and special features. Thanks to the whole SM team for the love and care they lavish on all of our products and thanks to everyone who tunes in and lays down their hard-earned for the mag.
The other good news is that Street Machine and the Summernats crew will be teaming up to tackle sexual harassment at the event in 2018 . You can turn to page 16 for our chat with Andy Lopez on how it is going to happen, but in short, there will be zero-tolerance of sexual harassment at Summernats 31. It will be a hard slog to make it happen and we’ll be helping to run an education campaign during the year in preparation. Street Machine Summernats is an awesome thing and everyone who wants to attend should be able to do so without being hassled by dickheads – it is as simple as that! s