Write to: Your Stuff, Street Machine, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh, Vic 3166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include your address (not necessarily for publication). Keep it short and sweet!
HELLO Street Machine, was hoping to have my precious little boy Adam DíAlberti featured in your magazine. He was diagnosed in June 2017 with a rare type of leukaemia, JMML. Unfortunately my best friend and little co-pilot lost his battle with the disease on 2 April this year, aged four. Through his fight with JMML, Adam underwent multiple bone marrow transplants, various surgeries and extensive chemotherapy. He battled all of this like a true hero and fought hard to beat his cancer.
Adam was a true car nut. He has been around my cars all his life. His first word was ĎDadí followed by ĎRo-roí (Monaro). I have had many HK Monaros and various other chrome-bumper cars during his life. He was very careful around them and knew he wasnít allowed to touch them. The only car he knew he could touch was my one-owner EL Falcon. He loved that car even though it wasnít a chrome-bumper car.
With the help of Preston Automatics, Kanaris Engines and Northern EFI, our family EL has now been turned into a 1100hp, AU Turbo-powered family cruiser that Adam would have absolutely loved. His car seat is still in it with his picture. There will always be a spot for Mr Adam in any car I drive.
I have always dreamed of the opportunity of being in Street Machine with my son by my side with our HK. Unfortunately Iím never going to get that chance. All I can do now for my son is keep his memory alive. What better way than to have him in your great magazine?
During our 10-month hospital stay, various charities assisted us. One in particular was My Room Childrenís Cancer Charity, and since Adamís passing we set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for My Room. Adam has already raised $11,300, money that goes straight to My Room to assist other families of kids living with cancer.
If you would like to donate, visit mycause.com.au and type ĎAdam DíAlbertií in the search box to find his campaign.
Iím one very proud dad. I could not have asked for a better son. He was a dream come true.
Maurice DíAlberti, email
IíVE been building a car at home (left) for Drag Challenge, but my mate just told me that this coming yearís event is fully booked! Iím a bit shitted, but I may as well ask if there are any stand-by cancellation policies in place for poor mutts like me who didnít plan on entering until the car was fully built. Iíve put an HSV LS2 into a Centura in the shed, and itís getting tuned up this week, all going well. Fits better than a factory six. Cheers!
Michael Doviak, email
HEY Mike! There is a waiting list, just email email@example.com to get on it. As paid-up entrants drop out, weíll put you in touch with each other so you have the opportunity of buying their entry.
TEAM Bitzamissin has now successfully completed seven Cancer Council Shitbox Rallies in a row in our mighty VL Commodore (above), raising over $50K in the process for cancer research!
The car was originally a barn-find, kindly donated to us back in 2011 by the Kalleske family from Atzeís Corner Wines in the Barossa Valley. It was a little worse for wear, but after a bit of TLC we were away. The car has travelled well over 300,000km and we have done around 70,000km on the past seven rallies.
This yearís rally took us from Brisbane to Darwin and everywhere in between. The car went really well until we hit a rocky section that caused a hole in the fuel tank, the front headlight and spotlight mounts to come loose and a damaged front strut, but it powered on and finished with flying colours.
After a couple of repairs we are ready to go again for next year, including a new paintjob (we change it every year).
We have a Facebook page also if you have five minutes to check it out: facebook.com/ BitzamissinShitboxRally.
Scott Rankine, email
THANK you very much for putting my story in the mag (Your Stuff, SM, Jun í18). I am letting you know that the Thongslappers [that would be our own Simon Major and SM mega-fan Redmond Ė check out their podcast at thethongslappers.fireside.fm Ė Ed.] sent me a parcel with an electronic dizzy, some old SM mags and some other stuff. Then last week I got an email from a couple that are giving me a complete running big-block Chev and Turbo 400!
I still canít believe it; I am getting closer to being able to skid again. I just need an electric fuel pump, shifter and headers.
So once again, thank you.
Jamie Hudson, email
I THINK you should change the name of your mag to Street Holden/Chev Machine. Seriously, nearly every story/article/advert/opinion and random pictures throughout the mag are of another Holden/Chev.
Not to mention cover cars! As I look through your mag I can see usually two other cars that deserve to be on the cover, but they donít wear Holden/Chev badges. I can imagine the conversation around your office: ďWhat should we put on the cover this month? Hmmm, how about this tough Monaro with an LS engine in it? Yeah, letís do that; we havenít had one of those for three months!Ē
Luckily get my subscription for free. Come on guys, surely there are more guys/girls out there building equally as good Ford and Chrysler product, or any other makes?
HI STREET Machine, my name is Linc and Iím a huge fan of your magazine. This is my latest drawing. Itís a blown big-block Chevrolet-powered Chevy C10. I would love to see it in one of your magazines.
Nick Calabrese, email