LETTER OF THE MONTH

ELUSIVE BADGER

Murf, email

G’DAY! I was reading the April 2017 magazine recently when I noticed Eddy Jausnik had some custom badges made for his GTS Monaro (HOSTILE) by Damian at Custom Car Badges. Any chance you could forward me Damian’s details so I can finish off my project (pictured right)? Hope you like the old girl!

Murf, email

NICE truck, Murf! Head to the Custom Car Badges Facebook page and get Damian to sort you out: facebook.com/mdsklz1979 – Telfo

UNCOMMON ’DORE

MY FATHER-in-law passed away recently and his pride and joy (pictured above) sits in the garage; his poor wife doesn’t know what to do with it. We’re not sure of its origins but I know it’s in good nick and is worth something. Can you point us in the direction of someone that may know about these cars?

Nilton Marques, email

HEY Nilton! That car is an Adayer Sportif, a VH Commodore converted into a coupe using parts from the two-door Opel Rekords of the time. We found an article in Wheels , 1 July 1984 (pictured below left) that says 11 Adayer Sportifs were already built at that time, but I’ll be staggered if any more rolled out. I saw one once, just cruising past in Glenelg, South Australia, but didn’t realise what it was until about a decade later – I just saw a two-door Commodore seemingly fitted with Fairlane headlights and assumed it was a custom! So god knows what your father-in-law’s car would be worth. Being so obscure, is it worth more than your average VH two-tickety-three? Or less because it’s weird? That I can’t answer.

- Dave Carey

JUST DO YOU

I WAS just reading Blowin’ Gaskets regarding negative comments on Facebook (Negative Gearing, SM, Mar ’18) and it got me thinkin’: We live in a free country and everyone’s got different opinions, and that’s fine. It’d be nice if people didn’t write crap, but no matter what your opinion is on something, you’ll always find someone to disagree, so don’t take it personally.

If you’re easily offended and planning a build then take into consideration whether you’re changing something to make it different or you’re changing it to make it better. Mark Sanders’s Monaro always comes to mind – it’s one of the most heavily modified HK Monaros around and yet it represents that era perfectly.

But just remember, without all the contrasting opinions, we wouldn’t have all the cool different styles that represent the awesome car scene we have in Australia. Just build it for you and enjoy it.

Daniel Peachey, email

DRAG AND DROP

I HAVE been a subscriber for almost 15 years now. I have always just flicked past the stuff I don’t like, but lately I have found myself flicking past most of the articles, as this mag has become overwhelmingly drag/burnout-focussed.

I decided to do some stats on the past seven months and this is what I came up with: Six out of seven cover cars and 21 out of 53 feature cars were drag/burnout cars, and not a single hot rod in sight. On average, 55 per cent of the magazine is about drags and burnouts, with January having 65 per cent.

In SMOTY, of the 16 finalists picked by you guys, nine were drag/burnout cars (and 10 were Holdens). Now, look at the readers’ cars; how many of them are drag cars? They’re all cruisers.

In the July 2017 issue someone mentioned bringing an event like the Optima Street Challenge here, and, to quote Telfo: “We’ve had something like that on the backburner for a long time.” Why? So you can do another Drag Challenge in Queensland. To top it all off, in the January issue Telfo spent his whole write-up talking about drags, to then sign off with: “Drags aren’t for everyone – SM is a broad church to reflect an incredibly varied scene.” That may be true, but you drip-feed us small amounts of stuff in a sea of burnouts and drags.

I challenge you to do a whole magazine with no drag/burnout-related material whatsoever. I would love to see a Mill Of The Month where it’s not just a big-cube, mega-horsepower drag motor. There is a whole Street Sprint series in South East Queensland, not to mention hillclimbs and amateur rallying, drifting, historic races, and yet over 70 per cent of your articles are about drags. There are enough cars at Summernats every year to easily fill the mag with a diverse range of stuff, but you keep gravitating to the same thing.

You have 10 months – if it doesn’t change I won’t be renewing my subscription.

Dion Benis, email

THE REAL ENEMY

JOSH, Josh, Josh Bennis, have you even had a look at the Mad Max movies? Why compare Tom Pulleine’s Landau (pictured above, SM, Mar ’18) with the Interceptor, when in Mad Max 2 the enemy car was a black Landau? All those interesting specs, but you missed the big one.

Marty Hayden, email

AUSSIE CLASSIC

I REALLY enjoy reading your online posts about Aussie car movies, but there is one that’s never been mentioned: The FJ Holden. Is there any chance you could do a story on this movie, as it is one of my favourites?

I’m in the process of rebuilding a ’55 Customline drag car that used to run at Ravenswood Raceway here in WA. It’s a very tough car with a bit of history so I’m looking forward to going racing again once it’s finished, but, as the usual story goes, it comes down to time and lots of money spent.

Frank, email

G’DAY Frank, I feel like we’ve done The FJ Holden , but I couldn’t see it on our list of movies we’ve already reviewed. It is a cracker flick, though. I remember the hazing scene at the start of the movie making an impression on me as a kid! The language was pretty blue for a midday movie, too, but my parents let me keep watching! If we find a write-up, we’ll put it on the website, and if not, we’ll get cracking on one! – Telfo

BIT OF A STRETCH

I’M NOT usually one to complain or be fussy about what cars I see and read about in Street Machine, but I was quite surprised to see a stretched Ferrari in the March issue. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing a variety of cars in this magazine and I have respect for cars that aren’t to my taste, but I think that the majority of folk who read Street Machine don’t really want to read about a stretched 360. I believe that there is a substantial amount of street machines (the ones that we are used to) out there that are a lot more fitting to the nature of this mag.

Simon Cornish, email

DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH

G’DAY SM, it has been a while but I’m back drawing again and drew this neat little Mazda 1300 built by FUKDAT Racing. Hope you guys enjoy, and if you want to see more I have an Instagram page: @jfautodesigns. Cheers guys, and keep it up.

Jayden Fridd, 16, Cleve, SA

>IN YOUR FACEBOOK

CHEAP BASTARD

KYLE Breed’s VH Commodore drag wagon grabbed the attention of SM’s Facebook friends recently, with many impressed that it cost a measly $3800 to build and has run a best of 11.82@120mph. Others were less amused by the fact that it’s being propelled by Ford Barra power!

Rick Putland – They must be good fabbies and got creative to keep it under four grand. David Ogi Mackieson – I call bullshit on it being less than four grand for that conversion. Shane Pettiford – Must have stole threequarters of the parts.

Conrad James – It’s called DIY.

Steve Weber – It’s possible to build that for that. I’ve got a Cortina and it would probably cost me the same to put an LS1 in that. No different. I built a street-legal RB30 VK for $1000. Just did the conversion myself. Only took two weeks.

Kyle Breed – Car cost $500, $150 engine, $250 turbo, built and tuned all in-house. Total cost before slicks and converter, when it ran 13s, was $2800. It’s done 42 passes now. One oil change. Built auto done in-house. Parts aren’t dear, labour is.

Martin Amena – Cheap car to run quick. Well done.

Damian Aird – Epic shits and giggles. Andrew Hall – Awesome.

Hayden Mate – eBay the world.

Paul Frank – Ha ha. Try to run 11s with an LS for that.

Darren Bull – Great little conversion! Also a few LS set-ups running 11s for that price too.

It’s not how much coin you’ve got when you can swing spanners and think outside the box! Steve Cartwright – Just made the price on ex taxi engines increase.

Cor Plow – Those Barra motors are popping up everywhere. Might put one in the wife’s Pajero.

Shannon Fehring – That’s bloody cheap! Maybe Barra for the Kombi, ha ha!

Jay Waters – Poor VH with a poxy Barra in it. Matthew Williams – Why put a Barra in a boat anchor?

Aaron Butler – You mean why burden the VH with an anchor?

Tamaoho Charles Llewell Christensen – Why would you pull out the best engine Holden ever built? Its mighty 90hp and 3800rpm limit should run 22s! Those powerful Barras would easily turn the chassis into a pretzel. Grayson Steer – That shell is an original SL/X. Top of the line in factory V8 manual wags. Sam Cantwell – I’d rather run 18s than put a Ford donk in a Holden.

Rodney de Groot – Speaking from actual experience, the Barra is better bang for your buck than the LS1. You actually need to put a bit of money into an LS to run the same times this Barra runs. I know the Holden guys don’t like it, but the Barra is probably the best bang for buck engine in the world. By the way, the LS1 is a Chev engine, not a Holden. Sammy Carbone – HT Brougham 350: $300 intake, $250 NOS, $500 carby, $900 dizzy, $190 cam lifters. First pass: 11.72 – 20 years ago!

Jesse Carroll – So many experts here; sheeiitt.