STREET Machine has built plenty of project cars over the years, including HQFORU, the Scorcher Falcon, the Comfort Ford Galaxie and many more. There are many common threads amongst them that we can all relate to, including struggling with budgets, deadlines, dodgy parts and unforeseen issues.
But one of the biggest dramas has always been space. We’ve never had a workshop to call our own, so we’ve had to beg, borrow, share or rent short-term spots to get the job done. Which is not the end of the world, but how much easier is it to work on cars when you have all your tools and spares laid out, ready to roll when you need them? Heaps!
So we’re super-stoked to announce that we finally have our own workshop after 38 years! We rented this spot out last year to build Mr Dodgey, but now it’s ours and we can deck it out how we like. Thanks heaps to Hare & Forbes Machineryhouse, who came on board to sponsor Carnage and get the new shop over the line. They’re also decking the joint out with plenty of awesome workshop equipment, starting with benches, racking, creepers and much more.
Ryobi is another new Carnage sponsor and has already dropped off a motherlode of killer power tools that are going to make Scotty’s life much easier. And he’ll need them! Our next big series for Carnage is a Holden versus Ford challenge. Scotty nabbed a VT V8 Calais and AU XR6 Falcon at GraysOnline for a song, and each team will have a piddling $2000 budget to try and create the superior vehicle. The first youtube.com/ STREETMACHINETV by the end of April, so check it out! And thanks also to the team at Valvoline for their ongoing support of this crazy concept.
One of the Ford team members will be Kian Heagney, who has recently graduated from being our intern (newfangled term for workie) to fully fledged member of the Street Machine crew. Kian has been knocking out some cracking stories for the mag for a while now, as well as helping Scotty behind the scenes at our new Carnage HQ. Kian hails from the hot-rodding heartland of Castlemaine in Victoria, but is essentially a Holden man who digs Japanese cars of the modern-classic variety as well.
We also bid a fond farewell to Aiden Taylor, our man with the plan since 2014. You would have read Aiden’s writing in the mag (including the XE Falcon story on page 58), and if you’ve ever seen an SM video online, there is a fair chance he’s done some of the camerawork, editing or both. He’s also a familiar face at Street Machine Summernats, Drag Challenge and a million other events he’s attended with us over the years. Working for Street Machine is a life of extremes – you’re either freezing in a cold workshop or melting on a burnout pad. Aiden has taken all of this in his stride and been a great ambassador for the brand.
The good news is that he’s moving on to another great role, as the PR and social media guy for the Kelly Racing Supercar team. We’re sad to see Aiden go, but stoked that he has taken a great opportunity. And yes, his Project VL series is nearing au/streetmachine completion, so stay for tuned the final to whichcar.com. episode.