Street Machine

January 2022

Street Machine is the country’s biggest selling, most widely read and most respected modified car magazine. Combining great photography with accurate, expert coverage of the Aussie modified car scene and in-depth technical features, Street Machine celebrates Australia’s passion for older cars, V8s and the lifestyle that surrounds them.

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3 min

HAPPY New Year, and thanks for picking up the January 2022 issue of Street Machine – all 212 pages of it! There’s plenty to be excited about this year, but right now we’re particularly stoked about the return of Street Machine Summernats after a one-year hiatus thanks to bastard COVID. The mail is that Summernats 34 is going to be the biggest and beautest ’Nats ever, with a record 2500 entrants, an all-new Fringe Festival that promises to take Summernats to the streets of Canberra, and a staggering two-dozen, never-before-seen, high-end street machines being unveiled on Friday night during the Great Meguiar’s Uncover (p.10). Personally, I’m most excited about checking out all the new builds, and I’m sure we’ll showcase plenty of them in the mag this year. ED BRODIE’S MRHJ HOLDEN…

5 min
brand new heavies

ONE of the biggest drawcards at Street Machine Summernats is the Elite Hall unveilings, where the public gets to lay eyes on incredible new creations for the first time. And the line-up of Elite-level debutants at Summernats 34 is set to be one for the books. “This year’s Great Meguiar’s Uncover is by far the biggest unveiling of brand-new cars we’ve ever had, anywhere in Australia,” says ’Nats chief steward Owen Webb. “There’ll be over 20 cars on the Friday night, and it’s so big that we’re having to bump everyone in over the preceding two nights. Even though we have so many cars, we still want to make it really special, because it’s such a big deal for these people. We’ve been working really hard on that behind the scenes.” As…

3 min
max overdrive!

A NEW feature-length documentary celebrating the huge, internationally spanning influence of Mad Max is about to hit Aussie screens. Beyond the Wasteland explores the lives and stories of superfans of the film franchise, who remain engrossed more than 40 years after the original flick’s release. Filmed over six months in Australia, the US, Italy, France, Germany and Japan, the doco captures a number of fan events, including America’s Wasteland Weekend and the Search For Max 40th-anniversary event in Clunes, Victoria. Central to the documentary is the experience of the late Bertrand Cadart, who worked on Mad Max bike designs and played Toecutter Gang member Clunk. We caught up with Beyond the Wasteland director and producer Eddie Beyrouthy to learn more about the project. How did the documentary come to be? I’d known Bertrand Cadart for…

1 min
hot gossip

HISTORY REPEATS IT’S been a mammoth year for classic car auctions, and Shannons offered some truly historic metal in November as part of its massive 40th-anniversary online auction. The original GTHO Phase III Falcon that headlined the auction was the same car that originally set the tone for GTHO prices way back in 2007, when it was bought at auction by the late Darryl Mattingley for $683,650. Darryl also had the first and last CV8 Monaros ever built in his collection, which, like the GTHO, are super-low milers and were also included in the Shannons auction. The first Monaro sold for $130K and the last for $230K, and while the GTHO’s final sale figure is undisclosed, we do know bidding surpassed $930K before the hammer fell, showing the market is not…

3 min
luke rosadi

WE SPOTTED Luke Rosadi racing his hand-controlled, twin-turbo VE Maloo in the finals at Mackay’s Sugar City Powerfest back in September. We recently caught up with the inspirational 29-year-old to talk about his 1600hp ute, and his mission to become the world’s fastest paraplegic down the quartermile. When did you first get into racing? I started racing Motocross when I was 15 and competed up until I had my accident on track in 2010. After that, I spent a while just sitting around not doing much. All I wanted to do was go fast again; I never stopped chasing speed! I really liked watching V8 Supercars, and as soon as I got my open licence I made a trip to the Gold Coast and bought the Maloo. I always knew I wanted…

6 min
garry johnstone

PART two of our look into the hot-car history of Garry Johnstone (see SM, Dec ’21 for part one) offers a veritable who’s-who of iconic Aussie models. While many of the rides you see here are long gone, a couple of Garry’s favourites were sold only to find their way back home again – some of them more than once! 01: GARRY recalls the moment in 1981 when his family quite suddenly found themselves in need of a new car. “We were travelling home from Cairns to Dysart when a piece of the bullbar fell off our XW wagon and took out its exhaust system,” he says. “This was the final nail in the coffin for this otherwise trusty old girl and a new car was in order. We arrived at…