THERE are always a host of events available for car lovers to attend on the Australia Day long weekend, and sometimes it can be a bit hard to choose the best place to indulge your automotive passion. However, no doubt that if you happen to be Central NSW region, the place to be is the Kandos Street Machine & Hot Rod Show.

This year marked the 20th running of the two-day festival, which has a decent miniSummernats flavour about it, including the headline burnout competitions, a killer show ’n’ shine, go-to-whoa competitions, grass driving events (when there isn’t torrential rain), dyno competitions, car stereo soundoffs and heaps more.

While it now takes place at a purposebuilt facility with a burnout pad, the festival was actually initially held in Kandos’s main street. Needless to say, the move to the current venue nearly 10 years ago was the right one, with over 220 entrants making the trek to this year’s rodeo.

Two repurposed four-wheel drives ruled the burnout pad this year, with Brett Battersby taking home the Blown class cherries in his BLWNLUX HiLux, while Britt Kilby won the Aspirated Eight-Cylinder class in her HAMMERTIME LS-powered Daihatsu Feroza.

There was also a comp to see who could cut the most hoops in 30 seconds (without spilling their guts on the ground afterwards), with Logan Boyle spinning his way to the win with eight doughnuts in his Holden Gemini.

As for the show ’n’ shine, Bec Walker took home the Police’s Choice award with her VZ Maloo, while John Spinks and his Holden Torana walked away with the Overall Best Entrant award. Peta Psaras won the Pro class in the Sound-Off competition with her AGIT8 VE Commodore wagon, and also took out the Go-to-Whoa, proving the car is much more than just a stunning show pony. The grass driving events are always a major drawcard for a lot of the competitors, and plenty of turf was destroyed in the name of fun this year.

Despite searing temperatures, the dyno competition was also in full swing, with Lachlan Brown taking the overall win for the weekend, with his TC Cortina making 768hp.

One of the cool aspects of the Kandos show is that entry tickets get people a lot more than just a pass through the gate. The organisers hire out attractions like the dodgem cars, face painting and jumping castles, and all event-goers can use them for free – how rad is that! Public liaison for Kandos Stacey Walker explained how it all works: “We hire out things like the dodgem cars and the money we get from entrants goes towards paying for that. Basically we make just enough money to cover the cost of running the next year’s event, and then the rest is donated to charity and the local organisations who volunteer their time to help run things.”

Overall, the 2019 Kandos Street Machine & Hot Rod Show was a huge success, with people travelling from far and wide to attend and be part of the Australia Day tradition. “We’ve had people come from as far as Victoria and WA before, but this year our Longest Distance Travelled award went to an entrant who came up from Canberra,” Stacey said. Not a bad effort for an event held over three hours’ drive north-west of Sydney!

Stacey reckoned there’ll be something special in store for the 21st event next year, too: “When the committee sits down to start planning it in a month or so I’m sure we’ll come up with something really special to celebrate,” she said. “It’s not Australia Day here anymore, it’s Kandos Day.”



We’ve been thinking about turning Mr Dodgey into a gasser, but Jesse Bourke beat us to it with his 1963 Dodge Phoenix. Power is provided by a blown 454 rat motor - soz Mopar fans


AJ’s Tetanus Shot is a ’51 Chev, with the nose lifted skywards by a ’64 Ford F100 front axle and powered by a small-block Chev. When the ’51 gave up the ghost, AJ threw it on a car trailer and pulled it down the strip in his Hillbilly Express Bedford. Never give up!

THE first Throttle Stomp Kustom Style Weekend was held at Bairnsdale Dragway in eastern Victoria over the first weekend of the New Year, and boy, was it a hot one! The organisers were up against it thanks to some crazy weather: 43-degree heat, rain, wild winds, and a dust storm thrown in for good measure. despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to derail proceedings, the inaugural Throttle Stomp went off swimmingly. With its pre-1969 cut-off for cars and bikes, the event was reminiscent of the early days of Chopped, with a relaxed party vibe, eighth-mile concrete drags, as well as a dirt drag strip, camping onsite and bands through the night at the Stomp bar. There was a wide variety of cool machines to ogle, from gassers to hot rods, customs, muscle cars and street machines, and when the rain hit, the action shifted from the strip to the dirt, where some serious wheelwork was done!

The team of Ryan Ford and Stork were out in their Drag Challenge-fresh, blown big block-powered HZ Holden van. Ryan and his brother Kyle are busy planning the 10th Chopped event, 4-6 October. Word is that it will include a more hardcore drag focus

Queenslander Bridger Frankland pilots a wild FB Holden that harks back to the days when the line between customs and drag cars was often blurred. Body mods include a 4.5in chop, stretched front doors and a tunnelrammed 427ci big-block

Greg Ford, co-organiser of the event along with partner Meg Troyahn and nephew Brett Ford, explained how Throttle Stomp came about: “My brother Tony Harvey is on the committee for the Gippsland Motorplex and has been hassling me for years to put on an event there,” he said. “With Chopped no longer running at the time, there was a void that needed to be filled.”

With over 1000 people through the gate and 300-plus cars from up and down the east coast, it’s fair to say the first Throttle Stomp was a resounding success.

Be sure to check it out next year!

Alan Clarke began building his incredible FJ custom in the late 1960s, but only recently got it back up and running, powered by a tough Holden V8 that has seen battle both around the Calder Park Thunderdome and across the salt flats of Lake Gairdner! The body has been chopped, sectioned and channelled and converted to a coupe with extended front doors


MELBURNIANS had no shortage of cool car stuff to do over the Australia Day long weekend, with King Of The Hill at Calder Park, cruises galore and the Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Rides Show at the Royal Exhibition Building. This year, we rolled out to the latter Dodgey and parked up with the other cool cruisers outside the front entrance for $15.

Adrian Morgan of Kooltrim fame has decked out many of Melbourne’s top street cars, and his own EH Holden van is spectacular. It nabbed the Top Van/Wagon gong of the show. She’s a toughie too, powered by a stove-hot and triple-Weber-fed 202

The usual outdoor displays on the museum side of the Exhibition Building were absent this year, but in their place was a new display area at the rear of the building that mixed a new bunch of cars each day amongst the gardens and an outdoor bar. Mint!

Inside the hall was a collection of high-end metal, some already familiar from Summernats, but many others fresh or new to the Melbourne show scene.

Wasyl Rosati brought two crackers, both running ProCharged big-blocks. His ’68 Dodge Charger nabbed third place in the Street Machine Coupe class, but his mega-bucks Hemi-powered ’50 Mercury scored a ton of silverware, including the Coolest Ride gong.

The Top Five was rounded out by Peter Olver’s EH, Tony Wilson’s ’32 tudor, Jack Zee’s Fordson van and check Mike King’s out whichcar.com.au/streetmachine.



The biggest news debut-wise was Angelo Furfaro’s VC Valiant. The beast is powered by a twin-turbo, dry-sumped R5P7 NASCAR mill and features a ton of body mods, including a reshaped scuttle panel that rises up to meet the reverse-cowl scoop, trick recessed firewall, relocated fuel filler, extended front guards that flow into the sills and an all-new floor and trans tunnel

Brisbane’s Gary Wright bought this ’32 roaster in 1962 and turned it into the quintessential Aussie hot rod, deeply channelled and Y-block powered. After a successful show career, the car was sold to George Kotavich, who repowered it with the then-hot Windsor V8. After going through a series of owners, Michael Morris purchased what remained of the car and set out on a 10-year odyssey to restore the ’32 to its original glory

Joe Kurtovic brought his badarse ’34 coupe down from Sydney and spanked the arse off it on both the concrete and dirt drag strips. The blown, E85-fed small-block has run a best of 10.30sec down the quarter