G’DAY! And thanks for being with us again as 2018 looms ahead like the open highway in your favourite car flick. Here’s hoping that road is more of a fun-filled Smokey and the Bandit-esque pathway to the sunset and less of a Mad Max-style goat track into the unknown.
It’s been a massive year for us. We’ve filmed two project cars for our Carnage web series and followed the build of the ALLSHOW VK from start to finish, which we’re pretty stoked with. If you haven’t seen them, check them out under the ‘Video’ tab on streetmachine.com.au.
Other innovations this year included Luke Nieuwhof’s day-by-day video coverage of Mark Arblaster’s cross-America road trip in his POR440 VG hardtop, followed immediately by his epic daily coverage of the Aussies taking on Hot Rod Drag Week. Luke edited most of that sitting in the backseat of Arby’s Val, behind the rollcage and in searing heat most of the time – a huge effort.
Luke inspired us to raise the bar for our video coverage of Street Machine Drag Challenge and our video team met the challenge in spades, incorporating epic drone and slo-mo footage that really gives the viewer a sense of what it’s like to take on Australia’s toughest street car test.
Ah yes, Drag Challenge. As you’ll read from page 114, Scotty plotted a course that took our entrants on the toughest DC route yet, with the weather compounding the difficulty and really testing out all the racers.
It’s a blowout to be part of such a great event that brings together people from all over the country, from very different backgrounds and in very different cars. What they have in common is the love of a challenge, and it is so inspiring watching how the teams work to overcome whatever the event throws at them.
The reaction from the racers to Drag Challenge continues to astound us, so we’re working on adding an extra, three-day ‘Drag Challenge Weekend’ to our calendar of events. It’s still in the planning stages, but it will happen in Queensland, and, while it won’t be as hardcore as Drag Challenge proper, it will be a heap of fun and a great way to refine our processes, and – hopefully – tell us if we can one day run the full Drag Challenge fiveday torture test in the Sunshine State.
If you are interested in entering, just email us with a photo of your car/project/empty space in the shed, a few lines about what it is and how quick it might be, plus all your contact details. Then we’ll stick you on a mailing list and as info comes to hand, you’ll be the first to get it.
Of course, we know Drag Challenge isn’t for everyone – Street Machine is a broach church to reflect an incredibly varied scene. If there is anything you’d like to see in the mag or online, don’t bottle it up! Send us an email, give us a buzz, or say “G’day” at a show and let us know what’s on your mind. s