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The Velvet Revolution

The Velvet Revolution

Hot rodding has always been a very American scene, but can you imagine a street rod that looks like it was built on the other side of the wall in the Soviet era? Well, here it is… in Yorkshire.

Saloonacy

Saloonacy

It may not be the Skyline that the owner had his heart set on, but this quick, clean, retro more-door shows that there’s nothing that can’t be made cool with a whack from the street machiner’s stick.

Long Trip

Long Trip

Back in the late Seventies, an aspiring young customiser called Andy Saunders was idly doodling an idea for a shortened Mini in his schoolbooks. In 1983, with Andy only just into his twenties, he debuted MiniHaHa at the Belle Vue custom show. There were a couple of other mental Minis ...

Takin' The High Road

Takin’ The High Road

Over time, the custom van scene has witnessed some real talent: great painters and bodyworkers bringing to life the vivid fantasies of left-field imaginations. With so many high-class creations out there, what has the aspiring builder got to do to make his van rise above the rest? Jack it up, ...

Spirit of the Forties

Spirit of the Forties

Words & photography: Zack Stiling What happens when a British sporting ‘special’ meets a trad-style American hot rod? Considering how the early American hot rods and the British specials of the Thirties to the Fifties were essentially two sides of the same coin, it seems strange that there has never really been much of a crossover between the ...

Maluch Of The Devil

Maluch Of The Devil

Words: Dave Smith, photography: Lukasz Sochacki Daring to be different doesn’t have to mean a huge motor, fins, chrome and a massive bill. Good things come in small packages if you have… A Maluch?! Yes, that’s the Polish nickname for Fiat’s tiny 126, and basically means ‘toddler’ or ‘little one’. They were a big deal in Poland, where ...

Dolo-mint

Dolo-mint

Words: Dave Smith, photography: Simon Cooke This custom has evolved over a third of a century from an unremarkable British Leyland beater into something that can only be described as…Dolo-mint. Some guys seem to be able to build a custom in a matter of weeks; others take absolutely years to finish their project. Some rodders ...

Hydro-Acty-Vated

Hydro-Acty-Vated

Words & photography: Steve ‘Autoholic’ Edwards Some guys have a love for hot rods that stretches back to their formative years, but for others, well, they lean towards less mainstream vehicles and make them stand out. Phil Egan ended up giving away his first car, a Triumph Dolomite, as the running costs were out of his reach as ...

... Life On The Road

… Life On The Road

It started off building them; now it’s driving them. There’s no easy retirement for this septuagenarian cab-over – it looks set to be spending its whole… Words: Dave Smith, photography: Chris Jones It always puzzles me how some rods and customs don’t seem to get used. I speak to people who tell me that they drive their ...

Rebel Rekord

Rebel Rekord

Words & photography: Steve Edwards Even though it’s loud, intimidating, obnoxious and a real rebel, one thing is for sure: this Rekord is a real hit. If you’ve got petrol in your veins then you’ll be able to relate to Martin Holcroft’s journey so far. From his early teens, he got involved in grass roots motorsport, and that ...

A Mini Adventure

A Mini Adventure

Words: Dave Smith, photography: Simon Cooke Hands up who had a Mini as their first car. Who has had one since? Can you even call yourself a proper petrolhead unless you’ve owned a Mini at some point? Do you remember the noise, the bouncy ride, the Routemaster bus driving position, the ...

Long Player

Long Player

Words: Dave Smith | photography: Alice Fairhead Some projects get done and sold on quickly; some evolve over the years. At 33 and counting, this one’s definitely a … There’s a big trap to fall into when you’re building your project: what if the finished product doesn’t quite match what you had in your head to begin with? It can ...

Patience Pays

Patience Pays

Chopped and dropped, this air-suspended Beetle was a long time coming, but well worth waiting for… Words & photography: Steve “autoholic” Edwards Model: Emma Mowbray of Quick Draw Tattoo, Bury Like many people reading this, Mark Thomson looked forward every month, after May 1979, to the latest issue of Street Machine, hoping that one ...

East Meets Wild West

East Meets Wild West

Words: Dave Smith, photography: Dom Fisher, model: Shannon Dunford “It’s just an ol’ farm truck…” Yeah, right. While the Americans and Japanese weren’t getting on too well when this truck was made, they’re getting on a treat under the bonnet today in this pick-up. Pick-up trucks, like great fashion, look better when ...

Transition

Transition

This van fan man turned a one-owner Seventies survivor into a custom-cum-canvas and ended up with this period-perfect masterpiece Words: Dave Smith, photography: Jon Hill Transits. They work hard, and vans that work hard don’t get much love. Consequently, most of them take early retirement and head off to the knacker’s yard ...

Caged Beast

Caged Beast

Words & photography: Dave Smith I say, that car has no clothes on! This Roadkill-inspired superkart has racked up the miles all summer long. Have you ever watched Roadkill? It’s the best TV programme out there… and it’s not even on TV. Messrs Freiburger, Finnegan and the rest have the sort of ...

The Future's Bright

The Future’s Bright

Words & photography: Steve ‘Autoholic’ Edwards After a lifetime of building some cool cars – including an Austin A55 van that featured a 2.0 Pinto lump, and a pair of Scimitars that Jim Angliss built with his brother, Mick, that had both been restored to show quality – you’d think that ...

The Muscarteers!

The Muscarteers!

Hot rods are built for driving, right? These guys took their roofless roadsters and rodded pick-ups on a driving tour of Scotland and lived to tell the tale. And here it is! Words: Dave Smith photography: Martin Drake and owner/drivers The Seward twins are rightly celebrated on the hot rod scene for ...

The Devil's in the Detail

The Devil’s in the Detail

There are loads of stunning Veedubs out there, so how does this air-riding OCD-Dub stand out from the crowd? As the old saying goes…   Words: Dave Smith, photography: Lukasz Markowski The Bug scene may have had its ups and downs over the years, but it’s still one of the largest, strongest and ...

Ram-bo

Ram-bo

What do you do when your new Ram Hemi pick-up is just not fast or in-your-face enough? You whip out your wallet and go absolutely mental. What you end up with isn’t just a tough truck; it’s… Words: Dave Smith, photography: Matt Woods Over here, pick-ups have traditionally been mundane workhorses. This ...

Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive!

Words & photography: Steve ‘Autoholic’ Edwards When you spot a car for sale that you first saw 30 years previously, you simply have to buy it, even if you accidentally forget to tell the missus! Nick Blanchard first saw this car back in 1988 when he was at York Raceway with his ...

Home Improvements

Home Improvements

This double-huffed rat rod/truck hybrid came at the expense of a new kitchen, but having this on the driveway is definitely our kind of … Home Improvements Words: Dave Smith, photography: Andy ‘Fly’ Tipping We’ve seen a massive leap in the number of rat rods over the past few years, and a good ...

Ain't No Malibu Barbie

Ain’t No Malibu Barbie

Chevelles have always been popular muscle cars, but this Welsh rare bit (groan) stands out because it ….Ain’t No Malibu, Barbie Words: Dave Smith, photography: Darren Maybury Everybody knows muscle cars. The formula was for a mid-size coupe, long bonnet, short boot, and plenty of motor. This was great, but half the ...

Growler

Growler

It’s what Plymouth should have done all along – put a V8 in their Prowler. They probably wouldn’t have used Chevy power, of course, but it certainly turns the Prowler into a …Growler Words & Photography: Andy Willsheer Readers who are into the sport of drag racing will probably know the name ...

OMG!

OMG!

This Mercedes has had a long journey back to roadworthy status after being overlooked for years. Love it or not, it’s not an AMG; it’s an… OMG Words & photography: Steve Edwards Steve Cooper bought this Mercedes Benz 300CE on eBay, back in 2001 when he was searching for a cool daily ...

Special FX

Special FX

“Guess who I had in the back of my cab this morning? The bloke who was in the front before I launched from the traffic lights!” I think it’s safe to say that this uber-taxi is a rather… Words: Dave Smith, photography: Bruce Holder Ah, the FX4 London black cab. It’s iconic. ...

Merc Of Respect

Merc Of Respect

There’s no shame in buying built, and when the end result is as handsome and rapid as this bonkers Benz, it deserves an added… Words: Dave Smith, photography: Andy ‘Fly’ Tipping Make a list of all the cars made in the Seventies that were built to last. It won’t be a long ...

Northampton Graffiti

Northampton Graffiti

In the ‘dare to be different’ stakes, you can’t get more different than ‘totally unique,’ especially when you end up with an unmistakable classic that’s still daily-driver practical. Never mind American Graffiti; here’s… Words: Dave Smith, photography: Darren Skidmore There’s definitely an ‘estate car’ theme running through this issue, and there’s only ...

Cos I Can

Cos I Can

It’s a Cosworth, right? Nope, this started life as a bog-stock 2.0 GLS. It’s not a Cossie; it’s a … Cos I Can Words: Dave Smith, photography: Darren Woolway You can’t really call a Sierra Cosworth a sleeper, can you? Certainly not the original three-door with it monster spoilers and whatnot, though ...

Hanger Management

Hanger Management

In a world where lowering your Sixties Ford over banded steels is the accepted way to go, here’s a young dude whose leaf springs definitely need some … Words: Dave Smith, photography: Dom Fisher Looking like it’s just driven off the set of a 1979 BBC documentary about youth delinquency, this 1965 ...

Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full

It’s easy to get pessimistic about the rules and regs of modifying old motors – definitely a ‘glass half empty’ situation. But for this guy, it’s definitely a … ‘Glass Half FullWords and Photography: Jon Hill Looking at this gorgeous Aquatic Jade Twin Cam Escort you’re probably thinking ‘yep, very nice but ...

Popperazzi

Popperazzi

You think twin-turbos are a new idea? Maserati were doing it well over 30 years ago, leading to this intriguing Italian-inspired Anglia Words: Dave Smith, photography: Andy ‘Fly’ Tipping Ford’s Popular, the ultimate Brit-rod, and surely a car whose surviving numbers must include more hot rods than stockers. And yet, considering the ...