Write to: Your Stuff, Street Machine, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh, Vic 3166 or email email@example.com. Make sure you include your address (not necessarily for publication). Keep it short and sweet!
I BELIEVE I have found the original full fibreglass HQ Brougham/Statesman model (left) built by GM-H circa ’69. I was wondering if you could find out anything more on it from the legend Leo Pruneau, or at least make him aware of this unique piece of Holden history? Appreciate any help or information.
Greg Beevers, email
GM-H definitely built these as part of the design process, though it’s very uncommon for them to escape the design department. There’s a fibreglass VN Calais in the National Motor Museum that is outwardly indistinguishable from the production version, until you poke your head under and see it’s made of wood and lies. – Dave Carey
I AM a long-time reader and am writing to see if you or any of your connections would be willing to help me out.
The past 18 months have been hell for me and my family. I was diagnosed with something called Chiari malformation and had to have brain surgery. I had to give up work and we have lost just about everything we own – except for the burnout car I am building.It has been keeping me busy, but three weeks ago I walked into my storage shed to find that someone had broken in and stolen my Holden 308 and B&M Turbo 350. I spent a lot of money on them and can’t afford to replace them, and neither will insurance.
So I’m asking if you guys or anyone you know would be willing to donate anything to help me get back out on the pad to skid again. Thanks guys! Jamie Hudson, email firstname.lastname@example.org
AS A CONCERNED car owner and enthusiast, I would like to ask on behalf of a lot of car owners and visitors to the Summernats: Why is there no thought of watering the infield where the street show ’n’ shine is, as it was years before?
I and quite a few others I know have had cars parked out there, and by the end of the day – well, actually within a few hours – all the cars are covered in dust and dead grass, and with no green grass out there at all it makes it even hotter to walk around the cars. I think that given the amount it costs to enter and the value of the cars, the area could be watered prior to the event.
It’s very disappointing.
Ken Hill, email
WHEN you mention the words ‘Ford Falcon EcoBoost’, you get responses of: ‘I don’t know much about them’ or ‘How can I make them faster?’
So how about a faster EcoBoost Ford Falcon challenge as a Carnage project?
Paul Spriggs, email
HEY mate, not a bad idea; they are certainly cheap enough! They are similar to the 2.3-litre Mustang donk that is popular with tuners in the US. Our version was a 2.0-litre jobbie with a different bore/stroke. We could grab one, tweak it and put it up against the new four-banger ZB Commo? – Telfo
I READ a recent article on your website about David Loye and the model cars he built. I’m curious how he made the upholstered seats, as I have a close family friend who makes custom model cars (see photo), and he’s currently working on the interior seats by stitching leather glove scraps and foam.
I’m curious if you had a suggestion for a different technique or knew of where I could look to help him out.
DAVID Loye writes: “The three basic methods I use for interiors are: build from scratch; enhance what’s supplied in the kit; or use an alternative. Building from scratch usually means building the seat frame or base and adding layers of differentshaped plastic to create the desired look, such as tuck-and-roll. I may also use modeller’s putty to add shape and contours. Enhancing what’s supplied in the kit usually involves using odds and ends to add piping or homemade decal insets into the seats. As for using an alternative, there is a massive range of household items and clothing you can take a pattern of and then duplicate in resin. Resin casting is easy and cheap to do, and once you have a master mould of an item you can create multiple copies by casting. The resin is very easy to work with; it can be cut, shaped and bent, and you can paint it with all types of paints to replicate leather, tuck-and-roll, embossed or any custom pattern.”
TOWERING INFERNO G’DAY SM, I recently went to Xtreme Powerfest 8 at Whyalla. It was a great event, and while I was there I got to meet Tommy Beltrame with his crazy FJ40 INFERNO burnout rig. He is a great bloke and the Cruiser pulls a mean skid, so I decided to draw it. I hope you enjoy that. Keep up the great work!
Jayden Fridd, 16, Cleve, South Australia
HELLO, I would like to know what the guys did with the old left front fender off the Turbo Taxi? I was thinking that it would make a great wall hanger in my house! Any info on how I may get this item – if it’s still around and if no one has claimed it – would be great; I’d love to have it.
Martin Hocking, email
Love the Carnage show; keep up the great work.
HEY Martin, glad you are enjoying Carnage. We’ll be sticking a whole bunch of our left-over junk on eBay soon to help fund future adventures. – Scotty
IN A recent two-part story on our website, Simon Major reminisced about some of the classic – and cringe-worthy – style trends and mods from street machining history. And it seems that plenty of you could relate to his tales of drop pipes, fluoro wipers, wild graphics, slapper bars and letterbox scoops…
Grant Pearson – “The epitome of the bucket-seat conversion, contoured Recaros with mesh headrests were numero uno, and you knew you’d made the big time if you had them fitted in the back as well.” Didn’t know I’d hit the big time ’til now!
Ross Perna – Remember in 1980 the old man’s HJ Kingswood 202 went in for a muffler change and came out with extractors and twin dump pipes? Sounded cool then; today, not so sure.
Ozzie Collett – Still sounds cool mate! My hot 202 has a dual two-inch system with cut extractors.
Nathan J Parsons – Why wouldn’t it sound cool now lol?
Ozzie Collett – People think Holden sixes sound like a fart with dual pipes. Ford precrossflow sound tough-as.
Michael Titmarsh – I worked in an exhaust shop back in the era and I was the drop-pipe king! EH to HG was the ‘in’ thing; I did a few HQs, but more on the early girls. But back then they weren’t that early!
Jason Jablonski – I have a lot of these classic 80s mods still on my ute: chrome, murals, graphics, turbines, Gilmer drive.
Kerri Timms – Great read Simo, both parts 1 and 2. We had a giggle over a few that we did back in the day, and still do to our cars.
Richard Ebsworth – My XT Fairmont: drop pipes, high-rise with Bug Catcher, Top Loader, flared guards, TAs and custom console. Gee I miss that car.
Graham Kebblewhite – I had a Can-Am dual system on my HR186S/four-speed Premier.
Linda Vesperman – Makers of the Hotdog muffler.
Graham Kebblewhite – That’s right!
Sounded like a well-tuned V8.
Linda Vesperman – Remember the Can-Am Rat Trap? It was a Hotdog cut in half with a big fat chrome tip.
Allan Mills – Had a Can-Am twin system on my 202 LJ two-door Torana S. Those Hotdogs got me on a first-name basis with the local coppers!
Ozzie Collett – 15-inch Dragways with dish, hot 202 with cut extractors, dual two-inch pipes with 16-inch-long Hotdog mufflers, Smiths gauges where the stereo used to be in my VH Commy.
Symon Floyd – I remember when a Sig Erson Hi-Flow 1H in a Cleveland meant you were serious. Miss the old stuff.
Dave Emm – VH Commodore, XD S-Pak and a Valiant VF coupe – I had drop pipes on them all. Dragways on the VH, 12-slotters on the XD and tramp rods on the Val. HiJacker shocks on the VF, centre roof-mount aerial on the XD, venetian and tinted headlight covers on the VH – good times.
Brett Mulligan – My first car was a gold HX panel van with a worked 308, tunnel ram, dual four-barrel Holleys with 2.5-inch drop pipes.
Jenny N Duane Young – Real cars had sidepipes, nobody liked drop pipes.
Anton Kraus – What a great read! Voxson rocks on!