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Letters Issue 33

Letters Issue 33

spotted the reference to the wide side skirts on page 21 of issue 32. Why the wide side skirts? These are to conceal the ridiculously high floor line dictated by the transaxle. The original Tatra car had about 9″ of ground clearance, and because I have used the original ...

Letters Issue 32

Letters Issue 32

I’m a long time reader of Street Machine; I started reading it as a teen back in the Eighties. It’s now really interesting to read about the feature cars of the past. I’m surprised at how many I remember from way back then, especially as, most of the time, I ...

Letters Issue 31

Letters Issue 31

I just finished reading the latest issue and I have to say it was excellent, and, rightly or wrongly, it seems to have an overall sharper look. I loved the article on the Gary Ellis Minor, and loved the MiniHaHa II story – that’s what happens to your car when ...

Letters Issue 30

Letters Issue 30

I have just caught up with your performance from last night (He’s talking about the LIVE! on Facebook, I promise – DS, SM) and postie has just delivered the November issue. I felt sure I had some photos of High Roller back in the day, I think some at a ...

Letters Issue 29

Letters Issue 29

For a country smaller than most American states, we think that the total vans per square mile in the UK prove we have a great foundation for growth in the future. Keep up the good work and, to find out more about the National Street Van Association and where you ...

Letters Issue 27

Letters Issue 27

Jon Rutledge got in touch to fill in a little bit of previously unknown history on July’s cover car, the ’38 Olds street rod. Dear SM, This is its history as far as we know it… David Rutledge paid £20 for this in 1964 from a mate. It had a good chassis, no corrosion but the engine was ...

Letters Issue 26

Letters Issue 26

Dear SM, Zack Stiling’s considered piece in this month’s mag (July 2019) made my heart sink. A core strength of this hobby, for me, has been driving through the gates of any rod run or drag strip, knowing that that was where the politics, religion and general nonsense of the outside world got left behind. For ...

Letters Issue 25

Letters Issue 25

Dear SM, I really enjoyed what you called the halcyon days of British Customising (Scene & Heard, May 2019 issue), but I do not wear flares, and I do not let my hair grow past my shoulders any more! I believe this lifestyle/hobby has learnt by its mistakes, and is still learning. There were great cars built in those ...

Letters Issue 24

Letters Issue 24

Dear SM, First of all, happy 40th Anniversary! I’m just reading the 40th anniversary issue, and it is so good to see SM at its best, with the mixture of true home-grown machines. Great job, mate! Just one little thing I noticed on page 53 – Street Machine moved to Eastcote ...

Letters Issue 23

Letters Issue 23

Dear SM, I’m not sure if you can help me or not. My name is Lionel Olyett and I now live in Perth Western Australia. And no, this is not a hoax or begging letter! I was once the owner (the third after the build) of a MkII Ford Zodiac, which, from memory, was on ...

Letters Issue 22

Letters Issue 22

Dear SM, Forty years – now I do feel old(er), haha! Regarding the story (Super Snapper, February issue) I still have my vinyl, American Dream, bought in ’81, mint condition, one owner, low mileage. It has now become a collector’s piece of history, knowing that the photo was by kind permission ...

Letters Issue 21

Letters Issue 21

Dear SM, Happy 40th birthday for this year! Here are some photos I took at Battersea Park in 1979, at the Street Machine London To Brighton Run. I was 14 at the time, and took them on a Box Brownie camera. Hope you like them! Sam Barber, Cambs. Amazing. These are scans of a photocopy of some pictures taken ...

Letters Issue 20

Letters Issue 20

Dear SM, I’ve just finished reading the January issue of Street Machine magazine, which I have enjoyed since the relaunch. My input to the debate on event reports presentation would be to have photos the same size as on the Muscle Car Corner page. My special request would be that if a car is ...

Letters Issue 19

Letters Issue 19

Dear SM, Regarding the Letters page, November edition, I have to agree with Dave’s letter on the postage stamp size photos – I hate them! I can’t be bothered to even look at them; I just turn the page. It looks a complete mess too, with images thrown on top each ...

Letters Issue 18

Letters Issue 18

Dear SM, Whilst devouring the November issue, I read the letter from Dave about show report pages. I don’t mind the “busy-ness,” as you put it, but what’s missing are the captions. The pics used to be numbered, with a list of captions usually describing engine type, cubic inches, and something ...

Letters Issue 17

Letters Issue 17

Dear SM, I have bought Street Machine for the last 27 years, and always enjoyed it more than Custom Car and Classic American. I never missed a copy of any of them. The only problem I have is the pointless amount of small photos that are being crammed onto pages; a ...

Letters Issue 16

Letters Issue 16

Dear SM, In your Random Pick piece (July issue, page 89), you mentioned Jonathan Sutherland’s Model Y. He still has it – he’s owned it since 1992; it has been blue, red, and is now green, and was at the NSRA Supernationals this year. Peter Sutherland, via email Thanks, Peter, I thought it ...

Letters Issue 15

Letters Issue 15

Dear SM, The plaque (Letters, July issue) came with the May ’81 issue. I still have a copy with it still stuck on the front, and one with it removed! I used to love all those freebies; often every month or every other month at one time. Shame they are no ...

Letters Issue 14

Letters Issue 14

Dear SM, With reference to the Volvo Amazon sled in the Solent Renegades show report (June ’18 issue), you were unsure if it was a new build or not. Well, I can confirm that it has been a sled for 25 years plus; I have included some photos. The first unfinished pic ...

Letters Issue 13

Letters Issue 13

Dear SM, Re: the six-wheel Model T cement mixer on p89 of the June issue.This is the legendary ‘C-men-T’ build by the equally legendary UK rodder, Ray Christopher, of Heli-Rod and v8 milk float fame. It featured on the cover of the September ’79 issue of Hot Car magazine and starred ...

Letters Issue 12

Letters Issue 12

Dear SM, I have a couple of question to ask. I have good Tudor body, which I want to make into a rat rod style but well-made hot rod. First, with these new laws coming in on original parts I’m concerned should I even start? I’m not an engineer so will ...

Letters Issue 11

Letters Issue 11

Dear SM, With reference to the “Life, Grease and Hubcaps” freebie booklet mentioned in the March issue, it came stapled to the outside of the October 1990 issue. Someone also mentioned the bottle opener. This came with the May ’91 issue, and I have had one on my keys since the day ...

Letters Issue 10

Letters Issue 10

Dear SM, I’ve sent you a photo I can’t claim to have taken, but found in one of the hundreds of shoe boxes in the spare room whilst engaging in some futile tidying exercise or other. You know how it starts. Do you know where and when it was taken? I’d ...

Letters Issue  9

Letters Issue 9

Dear SM, First of all, it’s great to see Street Machine back. I have been an avid reader since the beginning, and glad to see Small Talk back in, too. I have had many of my scale hot rods featured over the years. I really enjoyed Paul Dodd’s feature on the Krispy ...

Letters Issue 8

Letters Issue 8

Dear SM, Reading your What’s Old piece in December’s Street Machine reminds me of the Volvo estate car my son Marc built for drifting. He had to chop so much metal out of it to make it lighter – over-engineered comes to mind – then fitted a BMW V8 engine. It ...

Letters Issue  7

Letters Issue 7

Dear SM, Congratulations on the re-launch of SM. I dropped into a local Nisa a couple of weeks ago for some award winning Clarkes of Ware sausages (they are a must) and, as you do, I had a quick run through their huge magazine selection – as big as any WH Smiths, ...

Letters Issue 6

Letters Issue 6

Dear SM, I always thought very highly of Street Machine, from the first issue I bought at approximately 11 years old, with the cars blowing my mind; saving pocket money and getting a paper round to buy it (and Custard Tart) every month. Seeing it dwindle away into American Car World ...

Letters Issue 5

Letters Issue 5

Dear SM, Reminiscing about a car I used to own, I was wondering if any other readers have developed particularly strong bonds with some of their cars over the years? I used to have a two-door MkIII Cortina, in Dagenham’s finest Argent Silver. I really loved the car, despite it being ...

Letters Issue 4

Letters Issue 4

Dear SM, Wasn’t the Buster Lang hot rod show pretty good? My wife and I had a great day out, and not only were we lucky enough to meet and chat to Welderup’s Steve Darnell and Justin Kramer, we bumped into you, too! My wife Anna wondered what was going on ...

Letters Issue 3

Letters Issue 3

Dear SM, Hello and WELCOME BACK, as the Channel islander said to the first British soldier he saw in 1945. I thought I’d slipped back in time, Street Machine with Henry Hirise on the front cover – had our local newsagent found some back copies? No, it’s back and looking good. All ...

Letters Issue 2

Letters Issue 2

Dear SM,I’ve always been heavily interested in vehicles of all sorts. Leaving school, I went straight to college to study motor vehicle repair for two years, achieving my level 1 and 2, then went and studied vehicle bodywork for a year at a different college, then went back to the ...

Letters Issue  1

Letters Issue 1

Dear Street Machine, How in the name of steaming Jeebus can you have a letters page in issue one? How does that work, then? Ivor Titchypecker, via UnicornMail That’s a damn fine question, Ivor, but this is the Street Machine letters page, hardly a suitable forum for sodding metaphysical conundrums. Or is it ...