IT’S that time once again: your chance to choose the Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year. It’s simple: Vote for your favourite street machine of the past 12 months, we’ll tally the votes, and the owner of the car with the most votes takes home the trophy and $20,000.
As usual, there’s plenty to float your boat among the 16 finalists – traditional chrome-mountain street machines; elite one-off customs; two Summernats Grand Champions (one a traditional Aussie street machining fave, the other a turbocharged rotary!) and just about everything in between. Yep, this year’s SMOTY is hotter than ever.
The 2017 Street Machine Of The Year winner will not only be the latest to have their name engraved on the hallowed SMOTY trophy, they’ll also bag a hefty $20,000 cheque thanks to our great friends at Valvoline.
THE 16 finalists are decided by a vote of Street Machine staff and contributors.
To be eligible, cars must be primarily Australian-built and featured in one of the past 12 issues of Street Machine. Elite show cars, tough streeters and ballistic burnout weapons are among the finalists, but the outright winner is up to you!
NOT only does your vote count towards your favourite car getting the gong, but it also puts you in the draw to win the ultimate Summernats experience. You and a mate could be off to Canberra on us, with flights from the winner’s nearest Australian capital (or from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch if you live in NZ), four nights in a top hotel, two Platinum Passes to Summernats 31, pair of VIP passes to the exclusive Street arest , e o , a Machine party, and $1000 spending money to boot!
SIMPLY jump online and head to smoty.com.au, follow the prompts to the promotion entry page and complete the entry form (including your full name, mailing address, telephone number and valid email address), and vote for your favourite vehicle. Voting opens 24 August 2017 and closes 6 October 2017 at 23:59 (AEDT).
To help you make your choice, you’ll also be able to view the original feature stories on all 16 finalists. You can only vote once, so make it count!
Conditions apply, see www.smoty.com.au. Open to AU and NZ residents 18+. Starts: 24/8/17. Ends: 23.59 (AEDT) on 6/10/17. Limit one entry per person. Drawn at Bauer Trader Media, 73 Atherton Rd, Oakleigh, Vic 3166 on 23/10/2017 at 11:00 (AEDT). Prize: Trip for two adults to Canberra, ACT for Summernats, held 4/1/18 to 8/1/18 (inclusive) valued at up to AU$7,144. Winner published on www.streetmachine.com.au from 25/10/17. Promoter: Bauer Media Pty Ltd (ABN 18 053 273 546) of 54-58 Park St, Sydney, NSW 2000. Authorised under permit numbers: NSW: LTPS/17/16148, ACT: TP 17/01420, and SA: T17/1344
GARY Myers’s naturally aspirated XA GT coupe, XACUTER, has been reborn with some blown bad attitude – say hello to the 1000hp AGROXA! The heart of the Falcon is that manic engine, based off a Dart Windsor block that spans a 9.5-inch deck height and 4.125-inch bore, but de-stroked to 360ci using a Callies crank, CP pistons and Crower rods.
Gary needed it to rev to 8000rpm, and it certainly does!
Gary needed it to rev to 8000rpm, and it certainly does! “During the powerskids in Cairns recently we saw the engine get to 10,000rpm a couple of times,” he laughs. Gary’s ready to test AGROXA’s mettle, with his eyes on a Burnout Masters spot at Summernats 31.
WHILE the rest of the world is busy swapping LS engines into everything, Brenden ‘Bubba’ Medlyn stuck with the good old Holden V8 for his VH Commodore. He hit up Craig Bennett at Torque Power for a Little Paw cast-iron Holden V8 block, and had Glenn Wells Engines handle the powerplant from start to finish. Glenn came up with a 370ci package running twin turbos, and the combo makes 1352hp at the treads!
Bubba’s faith in the Aussie bent-eight was rewarded with the overall win at Street Machine Drag Challenge 2016, where he ran low eights all week. Who needs an LS?
DOUG’S had a passion for Holden panos since his teens, so when a windowless HG sin-bin popped up on eBay for the right price, he pounced on it.
Doug then took the van to Watermans Collision Repair Centre in Melbourne, where they made the bodywork schmick-as before coating it in a custom De Beer green with a three-layer Xirallic pearl. The slammed-on-the-ground stance is a combination of a channelled body, extended sills and ShockWave airbag suspension, while under the repro GTS bonnet is a twin-turbo LS2 combo good for over 500 horses at the treads – plenty for the street!
NINE years in the build, Mark ‘Happy’ Williams’s tough Quey runs a ProCharged and intercooled 406-cube small-block Chev, and was built as an allrounder.
He proved that by cleaning up in the driving events at Summernats 30, where, combined with a top score in the Elite judging, he bagged the coveted Grand Champion sword – the first West Australian to do so. It was a bittersweet victory for Happy, as his dad, who put a lot of work into the HQ, passed away on the Friday of Summernats. Mark swapped his 2HAPPY number plates to 4MYDAD as a tribute. “I know he would have been smiling watching down on me,” he said.
IN A world of Convo Pros, reverse-cowl scoops and LS conversions, Jason Poustie’s HK Belmont ute is a breath fresh air. Not only does it rock to ProCharged 383 Holden power, putting out 650rwhp, but all the mumbo is tucked neatly under the bonnet. The rear rubber is so fat that the arches had to be stretched to suit; a relatively common mod on a tough streeter, but a relatively common mod on a tough streeter, but made complicated by Jason’s desire to keep the ute looking stock-ish. Jason took this on himself, along with all the major surgery, while mate Mark Bedggood helped neaten things up.
MICHAEL Schena turned a basket-case Monaro into a cruisin’, show-worthy burnout and drag machine. “A panel beater told me straight-up that it would need 3000 hours spent on it,” he says. But being a boilermaker and diesel mechanic by trade, Michael was up for the challenge. While he was working on the body, Johnny Pilla at Powerhouse Engines put together a stout 540ci Dart Big M motor Engines put together a stout 540ci Dart Big M motor topped with a four-barrel Pro Systems Dominator. The package makes 785hp and has already seen plenty of action on the burnout pad, and returned a swift 10.3 at Heathcote.
THIS gorgeous XM Falcon coupe is Jason Rachele’s first build, and he knocked it right out of the park. Jason wanted big rubber on the rear, so he got mate Con Kreskas to sort it. The XM now sits on a three-quarter chassis with a four-link rear, with tubs to accommodate the 20x10-inch Intro Twisted Vistas out back.
Joe Cundari took care of the body and custom-mix metallic grey paint. Up front, the Falcon sports a 351-cuber with Ford Motorsport heads, crank and rods, Arias pistons and a Crower solid stick, good for somewhere north of 500hp.
HIS dad is Wayne Pagel of GAS69 HT Monaro fame, while mum Sandy rocks the QIK68 HK Premier, so it was virtually a given that Reece Pagel would one day brew up an HK-T-G project of his own, and he went for a neat sleeper vibe. Josh Cardeno of Swains Motor Body Repairs and Craig Walpole from Extreme Custom Engineering took care of the body, before Josh laid down the custom-mix beige. Wes Race Engines built a down the custom-mix beige. Wes Race Engines built a fresh Holden stroker donk filled with COME Racing goodies. An output of 633hp@6850rpm is more than sufficient to obliterate the treads, but the bonnet-piercing twin 750cfm Pro System carbs are the only giveaways.
WITH 1600hp on tap and a show-quality finish, Simon Mokdassi’s XYKING is the complete package. Simon first built the car as a fine XY GT replica, but was soon thirsting for more power.
In went mini-tubs, a sheet-metal radiator support and boot floor, stretched rear quarters and a ’cage, among other mods, and a new Candy Apple Red paintjob. Elite Custom Interiors kitted out the cabin paintjob. Elite Custom Interiors kitted out the cabin to perfection, while Sash at AN Racing built the biggest and baddest Windsor he could: a Dart-blocked, ProCharged 440ci donk topped by a filthy big 1200cfm Dominator blow-through carb.
STORY AIDEN TAYLOR THOROGOOD JOEL Lambert’s immaculately presented HG Monaro wowed punters on debut in the Elite Hall at Summernats 29. But an elite-level build was far from Joel’s mind initially. A lifelong early Monaro fan, at age 17 he bought this car as a roller for $5000. But the proverbial snowball effect kicked in, and the car ended up getting a complete overhaul thanks largely to Darren Reid, who performed most of the show-stopping fab work and assembly. Up front is a 441ci NRE small-block Chev with a plate nitrous system, while the panels are swathed in eye-searing Lamborghini Orange.
A CONCEPTUAL rendering by Linda Vesperman in the Jan-Feb ’94 issue of SM provided inspiration for Tailspin, the incredible back-to-front FB Holden built by Adam and Kylie Perry. The legendary Howard Astill was on hand to help guide these first-time custom car builders, and the finished product is an amazing feat of engineering, design product is an amazing feat of engineering, design and bodywork, complete with an R33 Skyline turret grafted onto the wrong-way-’round FB body. To top it off, the car has been built to drive, with full rego. A Top 10 spot at Summernats 30 was trumped by the car winning practically everything at MotorEx 2017.
A MAZDA had never won Summernats Grand Champion until John Saad’s incredible 1972 RX-3 came along at ’Nats 29. Chris at CS Engineering played a huge part in the engineering, fabrication and assembly of FATRX3, while engine-wise, John kept things sensible, as the Mazda was always 092 STREET MACHINE going to be a driver. He went for a turbocharged 13B Cosmo rotary donk, which makes 400rwhp. FATRX3 is loaded with high-end hot rodding and street machine influences, with an immaculate interior to boot. “I wanted it to change people’s perceptions of what a rotor should look like,” John says. Mission accomplished!
CASTLEMAINE Rod Shop’s insane blown, big block-powered, bare-metal LC Torana neatly showcases the business’s rad parts and knowhow.
The only remaining original panels are the turret and one rear quarter panel – everything else has been replaced, re-jigged or re-engineered. The new CRS-built chassis holds a bespoke front end with rack-and-pinion steering, plus a CRS nine-inch rear on a four-bar set-up, and it’s ’bagged both ends. Up front is a BNR Engines-built, 14/71-blown, 568ci Dart-blocked mill running on methanol, good for 1450hp.
EVERYONE loves a 265 Hemi, but they love a 426 even more, and that's exactly what makes Frank Pana’s stunning VH Charger 770 get up and go. Frank has owned the car since 1981, and it featured in SM, Oct/Nov ’93 wearing Tropical Turquoise. The goal for the freshen-up was for a 770 Charger look, while stiffening the chassis up and adding decent suspension and brakes. With the and adding decent suspension and brakes. With the orange highlights of the 426 Hemi contrasting nicely with the Dodge F6 Bright Green paint, along with an all-white interior and satin-finish Center Line Auto Drags, it’s a classic look.
GEELONG’S Trav Grace has a deep-seated affinity for tri-five Chevys that dates back to his formative years. He’s owned several, but this is his best yet, resplendent in PPG Regal Turquoise and India Ivory.
“I wanted to keep the 50s feel, but it still had to look tough while being user-friendly,” Trav says.
The tough part is sorted thanks to a twin-turbo LS1, good for around 560hp at the wheels at 9psi. “It really is the best of both worlds,” Trav enthuses. “It sounds like it has a standard crate motor in it, but when it hits boost it suddenly turns into a 10-second car.”
WHAT happens when you mate a VL Commodore body to a Skyline GT-R? You get Huss Ghamrawi’s crazy all-wheel-drive RB26-powered VL Walkinshaw replica. Huss wanted a VL that went and handled like the best Nissan GT-Rs in the scene, so he decided to pair the two together. Once the VL body had been dropped on the Skyline chassis, the car was done up as a Walkinshaw replica with the full bodykit and a custom interior. A built RB26 stroked out to 2.7 litres sits up front, good for a casual 871hp at all four wheels. Huss was sick of GT-Rs winning all the races at Eastern Creek; hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!