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KOMBI CARTOON

ONE OF the most astonishing conversions weíve ever seen graces the pages of this monthís edition of Streety. It might look as if itís a cartoon Kombi thatís been plugged into a servo air line or has scored an all-you-can-eat card at Jolly Pirate Donuts, but this bus is an actual thing.

The Surf Seeker is the work of Ron Berry, a Californian who somehow wound up in Utah. The whole front end is a side-hinged door, which makes getting in and out a whole lot easier and while the bus retains a VW 2275cc flat four, it's been given a bit of help by a 600cfm Holley carb and a B&M blower, so now itís good for 209 ponies.

The cover car in this issue is Brent Murrayís cracking job of transforming a bog-standard VF Valiant coupe that has metamorphosed into a stunning candy-apple red Dodge Dart replica that scored much love from the judges at this yearís Summernats shebang.

VIDEO: Love fast Toranas? Who doesnít? Catch Quentin Feast and his twin turbo Torrey push towards a seven second time at Calder. For a car using a factory block and modestsized hairdryers, thatís going some.


MRETURNS TO FORM

WE ADORE BMW M cars at Unique and so do the lads across the office at MOTOR. Ask yourselves this though. When was the last really brilliant M car? Us old farts reckon it might have been the old E46 M3, but the M division look to have hit form with the latest M2. MOTOR has shoehorned Georg Kacher into the driverís seat of the twinturbocharged 272kW M2 and sent him round Laguna Seca in California, corkscrewing his way to a big thumbs up for the pocket-rocket M car.

Look out for the Mustang GT versus HSV GTS comparo and WRX STi taking on Lancer Evo for one last time. Meanwhile, Paul Cockburn, MOTORís house eccentric, straps on helmet and goggles and pulls the chocks away from a Morgan 3 Wheeler on Australian roads.

VIDEO: Is there anything that Sebastien Loeb canít do? Originally a talented gymnast, he then set about making rallying look ridiculously easy, smashed the Pikes Peak record, was devilishly quick in an F1 car and then won an Oscar for Gladiator (you sure? Ė Ed). Check this video of the Frenchman shaping up to join the World Rallycross grid in a 410kW Peugeot 208 GTI.


SHOW PONIES?

THEREíS NOTHING like a good old V8 dust-up between Ford and Holden to get the juices flowing and Wheels has delivered on that one, pitting both Mustang coupe engine variants against the Commodore SS-V Redline. Weíre not going to give away the result of that stoush here, but all cars leave with their honour intact. As reported in our News section, Wheelsí news hounds have also been quick to get the skinny on the return of Holdenís controversial Director badge.

Itís not every day that Bugatti launches an all-new model, so itís only fair that Wheels has gone large on the new Chiron, as revealed at Geneva. Talking of Geneva, head online to the Wheels website to get all the news, reviews and interviews from scribes Alex Inwood, Toby Hagon and Jake Armfield. There are also seat of the pants drive stories on the latest turbocharged Porsche 911s, both turbo and Turbo turbo, if you get our drift.

VIDEO: Porsche ditches the atmo engine for the latest generation of 911 Carreras. Hereís Alex holding forth on whether pressure to stick to emissions legislation has taken the edge off Weissachís hero.