DO NOT adjust your calendar – it’s that time of the month, and your friendly local newsagent has just received a delivery of freshly minted Street Machine mags!
The toughest decision we had to make in putting the November issue together was which car to put on the cover; such was the depth of talent in the feature car pool. In the end, Tom Juric’s properly tough pro street XY got the nod. Powered by 800hp of aspirated thump and finished to the most exacting standards, it’s a stunner from every angle.
Another Queensland-based Summernats 32 debutant, Cooper Zahabi’s amazing pro touring Chevy Nova proves that the apple never falls far from the tree. While Cooper was guided by his old man (noted Aussie car crafter Rob Zahabi of Rides By Kam) the gorgeous big-blocked, stick-shifted Nova is largely Cooper’s handiwork. Given that he’s still a teenager, that’s no mean feat.
Brett Armstrong’s HK GTS Monaro is no one-trick pony. Aside from it being one of the most desirable Aussie muscle cars of all time, the thing is exquisitely engineered, won Tuff Street Champion at Summernats 32 and dominated the all-motor class on the dyno, then gave the established players in Pacemaker Radial Aspirated a run for their cash at Drag Challenge Weekend. What a car!
Jason Behan’s VG Valiant hardtop is so good, we’re featuring it twice! It was in our July 2016 issue in bare metal so we could show you the extent and the quality of the engineering smarts that underpin the corner-carving Mopar. Now it’s finished, and the result is pretty spectacular.
Rounding out a stellar crop of feature cars is a lightning-fast Barra-powered Corty, a tubbed LS-powered VK Commodore, and a Holden V8-powered LJ Torana coupe with a distinctly cool period XU-2 vibe.
We pause to remember the godfather of burnouts, John Peterson, through the words of those who knew him best.
We’ll also take you for a guided tour of the Down Town Kustoms workshop, which is responsible for some of Australia’s most innovative builds.
You like tech? Well, we’ve got a ripping yarn on how 3D printing is revolutionising and streamlining the custom car-building industry. We’ll spill the beans on how it’s done, why it’s done, and the advantages it brings over more traditional fabrication methods. Chad Atkinson then talks us through different methods of creating clearance for big wheels and tyres, and Dr Tim gives you a learnin’ on best practice when building chassis and subframes.
We also head to one of our favourite events of the year – Red CentreNATS – and check out the rollicking good times that were the Rides By Kam track day and the St Kilda Father’s Day car show.
The Street Machine November issue – get ’em while they’re hot!