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QUICKEST HOLDEN

THIS TIME OF YEAR, many Aussie car nuts still have their heads spinning from the annual Summernats car festival, held in Canberra soon after New Year. This yearís was the 29TH running of this sensational event and as with previous years, more than 100,000 people turned up to see around 1800 Street and Eliteclass cars in the show judging and driving events, maxed out by the Burnout Masters (yep, thatís exactly as it reads!). Check out the event coverage in the February issue of Street Machine.

Thereís also Street Machineís grabbag of top-shelf feature cars including a sensational injected í68 Mustang Pro-Tourer and a VK Commodore with an interesting HDT pedigree.

Video: Holden hasnít built a V8 engine for over 15 years, but the legacy lives on and recently we saw the first ever seven-second quarter mile in a sedan powered by a twobolt main and cast-head Holden V8.

AUTO DRIFT

THE SPEED-HUNGRY folk at MOTOR have been eagerly waiting for the new Ford Focus RS to lob and now that itís been seen in Europe, they give us the first drive impressions of the latest Ė and greatest - in a long line of RS-badged fast Fords stretching back past the mighty RS2000s to the glorious Ford Mk1 Escort RS models in the early 1970s. Thereís also a comparo of the new Ford Mustang and the latest Chev Camaro SS. The Mustang has just landed in Australia - in case you didnít know - but the question must be asked: Will we see the Chev in Australia soon? And if thatís not enough Mustang muscle, thereís details of Fordís Porsche-killing 390kW Mustang GT350R.

Video: Probably the most talkedabout feature of the new Ford Focus RS is its Drift Mode, designed specifically to allow drivers to burn rubber regardless of skill level.

TURBO BOXSTERS

IF YOU SCAN OUR NEWS thereís big Ė and, looking deeper, sad Ė news for Aussie car enthusiasts in Wheels with more details about Fordís revival of the Sprint nameplate as a send-off to the respected XR performance sedan range after its 25 years of showroom presence: The Falcon S-XR6 and S-XR8 were introduced in so the early ones are fast approaching Club Classic status Many Unique Cars enthusiasts will be interested in the comparison between the Toyota 86 and the Mazda MX-5.

The Wheels Car of the Year-winning Mazda MX-5 (the Toyota won one, too) is the fourth generation of the beaut back-to-basics sports car that Mazda gave enthusiast drivers in late 1989. You know what? The new model highlights just how terrific the (also COTY-winning) original really wasÖ Video: The move to turbo engines has brought the biggest performance jump in the Boxsterís 20-year history.