IT HAS been one hell of a month at Street Machine HQ! It might be cold outside, but we’ve not spent much time hibernating. The month of May began with two drag meetings on the same weekend – namely an eighth-mile meeting hosted by the Dubbo City Car Club at the Bodangora Airstrip in NSW, and the Holden Nationals at Heathcote Park Raceway (see page 68). They were two very different meetings, but both were distinguished by a great feeling of camaraderie amongst the competitors, spectators and track crews. It is a pleasure and a privilege to cover events like these; I’ll give you the tip.
Mid-month, we took a day trip to Canberra to check out the trial run of a new Street Machine Summernats feature we’re calling Skid Row. The idea is to allow entrants cruising around the site to pull into a special lane adjacent to Tuff Street where they can rip a skid. The ’Nats crew invited 12 cars to test out the concept and received a unanimous thumbs up. If it works the way the guys are planning, it should be a great new addition to the already delectable Summernats smorgasbord. You can check out a video from the day on whichcar.com.au/streetmachine.
Shortly afterwards, it was time for Meguiar’s MotorEx in Melbourne (see page 44). Now run by the folks who make the ’Nats happen, this was the biggest MotorEx yet, with a heap of dynamic outdoor elements added to proceedings.
We got involved too, hosting the Street Machine Hall of Fame to celebrate this year’s Valvoline Street Machine of the Year award – the 30th anniversary! The Hall featured some very trick SMOTY alumni – including three former winners – some amazing survivor cars and a bunch of cool celebrity rides.
A massive thanks is due to everyone who took part in the Hall of Fame, especially those who trucked their cars from interstate, namely Peter Fitzpatrick, Gary Myers and Nathan Booth (see HR ute pictured).
And in between all that, Scotty has been working hard juggling half-a-dozen Carnage project cars. As I type, he’s at Maxx Performance putting the finishing touches on a turbo conversion for our Toxic Avenger Territory. Assuming all goes well, you’ll be able to see how the Territory performs in a showdown against our Turbo Taxi in the latest Carnage episode. You’ll be able to find it at youtube.com/ STREETMACHINETV – along with a bunch of episodes of Carnage Plus – a new behind-the-scenes series.
Are we going to slow down next month? Not bloody likely! Let us know what you guys are up to out in reader-land. Send us an email, tag us on Instagram or send a message in a bottle. Whatever your favoured form of communication is, we’d love to see what you’re up to over what passes for winter these days.