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News Issue 23

News Issue 23
Run To The Fun We’re celebrating our 40th birthday, but we’re a wee baby compared with the NSRA’s mighty Fun Run, which celebrates its 47th anniversary this year! It’s happening over the weekend of June 14th to 16th at Rutland Showground, near Oakham. The gates open at 9am, then it’s time to relax, maybe take a ride out to Rutland Water, or check out the NSRA Pre-29’s Vinyl Chillout area. Saturday is cruise-out day, and Sunday is the massive show’n’shine, and what better way to celebrate Father’s Day? The Pop Festival celebrates the E04A Anglia’s 80th birthday, the E494A’s 70th, and the 105E Anglia and 100E Popular’s 60th, and there may be cake… There’s live music throughout the weekend, John Price on the mic, and if you pre-enter before May 31st, you ...

News Issue 22

News Issue 22
Life Begins… This Good Friday, pause for a moment and raise a glass – April 19th, 1979, was the day the first ever issue of Street Machine went on sale. Supposedly the most expensive magazine launch in Europe to date, that May 1979 issue was heralded by print ads and even TV ads, featuring cover star Henry HiRise bursting through a sheet of paper. Will anyone admit to remembering seeing that?! Rising Star? Fancy yourself as a British Big Chief? You need to check out StreetFighters UK. Bring yourself, your car and your attitude along to Tibenham Airfield on March 29th, where there’ll be all-day grudge racing on a superb runway. It’s £25 for the driver and car, plus £20 for spectators; kids go free. You can run all day from 10am until ...

News Issue 21

News Issue 21
Class Act Lucas Oil UK has launched a roadshow for schools to grab the attention of young people. Launched in January, the Lucas Oil Roadshow for Schools has been conceived and established by two UK drag racers who are currently sponsored by the Lucas Oil brand: Tony Betts, owner and driver of the Venom Racing Team funny car, and land speed record holder Geof Stilwell, whose story was in last issue. The first ever Lucas Oil Roadshow for Schools took place recently at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Buckinghamshire, the theme being the “Appliance of Science”. In two presentations, around 400 senior school students aged 16-17 learned how science and technology has been applied to automotive applications. Other schools around the UK will later get the chance to host similar events, so any interested schools should contact Geoff@beechunderwriting.co.uk. Best Of The ‘Fest American SpeedFest will have its biggest ...

News Issue 20

News Issue 20
Stock Star The 1997 F1 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve, will be a star addition to the line-up for American SpeedFest 7 at Brands Hatch on June 1st-2nd, following confirmation that he will race full-time in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2019. Villeneuve, also a former Indy 500 and CART winner, will compete with the Go Fas Racing team and has already competed in all three of NASCAR’s major National Series, plus the Pinty’s Series in Canada. Villeneuve will be the first former F1 champ to compete full-time in Euro NASCAR, and commented, “I had a lot of fun discovering the car because it is really similar to what I was used to in NASCAR in the US. Returning full-time is what matters the most to me, because I want to be part of a complete project and have a goal for ...

News Issue 19

News Issue 19
Happy New Year! We’d like to wish a very happy 2019 to all of you, from all of us here at Street Machine. May it bring you health, wealth and happiness, and please stay sober at the wheel during party season. Don’t be a statistic; just think how much your driving licence means to you… Happy New Year, everyone. Money Matters As you may have spotted, the cover price on your favourite magazine has risen by 10%. Sorry about that; it can’t be helped. Sadly, it’s due to mundane and boring reasons such as the price of paper and pressure from retailers, and nothing to do with my request for a Mopar Hellephant crate engine. Subscription prices are still frozen, however – even more reasons to subscribe! I’m Spartacus! They’re just getting into the ...

News Issue 18

News Issue 18
A New Year Turn to page 92 and you’ll see that there are plenty of 2019 show and race dates in already. There are a couple of changes afoot, too. First, the 26th Mopar Euronationals muscle extravaganza has moved by a weekend – it’s now on the weekend of August 2nd-4th. It’s still a three-day RWYB-fest, with Pro Mod and UKNSS classes, plus the ever-popular Burnout Contest – the first six pre-entries for this get free weekend passes and the chance to win a new set of tyres! The theme for the Show’n’Shine Corral will be 1969 – muscle cars and Woodstock… See www.mopareuronats.co.uk. Another event marking some changes is the National Hot Rod, Custom and American Car Show. This has moved from its usual May bank holiday slot to Easter weekend, ...

News Issue 17

News Issue 17
Tee Time Did you realise that next year marks 40 years since Street Machine originally launched? There’ll be more about that later, but here’s a sneak preview of the all-new, limited edition 40th Anniversary tee. Golden Bullitt Talking of anniversaries, October 17th marked 50 years since the movie Bullitt received its US premieres. The Steve McQueen classic, best known for its iconic 10-minute San Francisco car chase sequence, is probably the most oft-quoted by muscle car fans for their love of V8s. Incidentally, it took well over a year for the movie to cross the pond; it wasn’t released here until 1970. Rouge Century Yet another anniversary was marked on September 27th – the centenary of Ford’s Rouge complex, the only factory in America to have produced vehicles non-stop for 100 years. From ...

News Issue 16

News Issue 16
Burt Reynolds 11.2.1936 – 6.9.2018 Rain Street At time of going to press, Hot Rod Drag Week is in full flow, passing through Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and back to Georgia. Unfortunately, a less welcome visitor to those states at the same time is Hurricane Florence… Check out Tom Bailey, on the road from Atlanta to Darlington, in this photo by Wesley Allison. Drag Week does not allow trailering; you’re only allowed to bring whatever you can carry. Earlier that day, Bailey had run deep into the sixes in this car… and I don’t see any wipers or side windows. Gulf Phwoar The new 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 and ’69 Le Mans-winning GT40 with motorsport’s most famous paint scheme – the Gulf Oil colours. It’ll only run ...

News Issue 15

News Issue 15
Rockin-gone Just as this mag went to press, it was announced that Rockingham Motor Speedway is to close its doors at the end of this season. It has been bought by the car storage company that already leases much of Rockingham’s acreage of car parks, and the track will be mothballed; its long term future remains uncertain. The venue opened in 2001 as Britain’s only banked oval, with a view to inviting Champ/Indy single-seaters from America and starting a proper NASCAR-style stock car racing series. Both failed to catch on with the British motorsport fan; the Champ cars raced for just two years, the ASCAR series lasted a little longer, and since then, the oval has remained pitifully underused. The infield circuit hosted many national and international race meetings, plus track days, ...

News Issue 14

News Issue 14
Transatlantic Toons Would you believe that the latest regular contributor to America’s Gasser Magazine is none other than our very own The Drag Strip artiste, Colin Hardy! Well done, Colin, and well deserved. Best-Laid Plans While we’re in an artistic frame of mind, we were extremely impressed by these renders of Wild & Sons’ 1967 Pontiac GTO project. This car is looking to be completed and heading back across the water for the late-year trade show season in the US, and is currently in the body shop being clear-coated by London James. The guys have sponsorship from Dickies Life, Eibach UK, Power Maxed, National Parts Depot, Evans Waterless Coolant and Image Wheels. If the finished car looks anything like Andreas Hoas Wennevold’s render, here, it’s going to be a stunner. King Of The North There’s ...

News Issue 13

News Issue 13
Tom McEwen Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen, one of the most iconic figures in drag racing history, died on June 10th. He was 81. He began racing stockers at the California strips in the early Fifties, progressing via Gas coupes, Altereds, Gas and Fuel dragsters to Funny Cars and Top Fuel. The ‘Mongoose’ nickname first appeared in 1964, mainly to taunt Don ‘the Snake’ Prudhomme into some match races. The Snake v. Mongoose matches happened only a couple more times that decade, but were a popular crowd draw. Whilst he was a solid performer, McEwen was never as successful as some of his contemporary stars; he was definitely a character, though, and his entrepreneurial chops led to one of the most famous deals ever in 1969 – the Mattel Hot Wheels Snake & Mongoose ...

News Issue 12

News Issue 12
It’s A Date In last issue’s Aussie special, I mentioned that the Vauxhall Heritage Centre’s open day was happening on June 18th. I don’t know where I imagined that date from – that’s a Monday, for heaven’s sake. The correct date is June 10th, from 10am. Sorry about that. Shelby Back Just as this mag went to press, there was news from Shelby American about an all-new Series 2 Shelby. Almost 20 years after the Oldsmobile Aurora V8-powered Shelby Series 1 hit the roads, the Series 2 ‘evolution’ is to take up the reins. Only 249 Series 1 cars were produced, and the leftover chassis and parts bought by Wingard Motorsports. Shelby will sell the cars in ‘component form to be finished by Wingard,’ and each can be bodied in aluminium, carbon fibre ...

News Issue 11

News Issue 11
The Art Of Custom There’s a special summer exhibition coming to Beaulieu this year, and it’s dedicated to Britain’s best-known and best-loved kustomiser, Andy Saunders. The display should include seven or eight of Andy’s creations from over the years, and while the final line-up has yet to be decided, there should be at least three cars from the Eighties, including the reappearance of a restored Mini Ha Ha, which hasn’t been seen since 1987. There’ll be the Saunders-designed Bonneville Salt Lake racer, being brought over from the continent by the French Salt Lake Race Team, plus, naturally, our breathtaking January cover car, Tetanus. The display officially opens on Sunday, June 17th, which coincides with Beaulieu’s Hot Rod Drive In day, so now you have two overwhelming reasons to attend. Plus, Andy will ...

News Issue 10

News Issue 10
Goodbye NASC After the National Association of Street Clubs’ AGM at the end of last year, it was agreed that the situation was serious enough to warrant an extraordinary general meeting in mid-February. At this meeting, they discussed the general downturn in club membership, increased costs and falling attendances at shows, and the heavy losses sustained by the otherwise promising 2017 Street Rod Nationals. Sadly, the final decision was to dissolve the NASC. After 43 years of building and supporting the scene, and hosting well-loved events such as the Street Rod Nats, Springnationals and Gary’s Picnic, plus countless smaller shows, it’s a crying shame to see the demise of this association. If nothing else, it reinforces the old adage – use it, or lose it. Monkeys Back Aaron may have struck out on his ...

News Issue 9

News Issue 9
All Hail Henry Recently, we ran a little poll to find everyone’s favourite Street Machine feature car from 2017. Around half the respondents voted across a broad spread of cars, which was nice to see; however, the odds were very short indeed on one particular car, and we weren’t disappointed – with not far off half of the votes, the runaway winner was Henry Hirise, the high-riding Ford Consul. Aside from being one of the most iconic British customs of all time, he must also be the only car in the world who can claim to have been on the front cover of issue #1 of the same magazine twice! Shifting Gears For all those who miss Aaron Kaufman, the mechanical whizz from Fast’n’Loud with a beard like half a badger, fear not! ...

News Issue 8

News Issue 8
The Late, Late Show You may have noticed that the January issue was pretty late to the newsagents’ shelves. This was because of a rather major unforeseen and unavoidable incident in mid-December that led to the magazine missing its print slot before the printers closed for Christmas. You may also have noticed that this mag is a little later than usual, as a knock-on effect. I can tell you now, that the March issue will be a week late, too, but, by the April issue we’ll be back on track, and the mag will be back to its usual on-sale date of the last Thursday of the month. We can only apologise to all of you, and hopefully you’ll forgive us. Daggers Drawn America’s most popular vehicle, the Ford F-150 pick-up, is finally ...

News Issue 7

News Issue 7
Two-Ton-Up In early November, Chevrolet unveiled the new Corvette ZR1 in Dubai. Its 6.2-litre, supercharged LT5 motor delivers a whopping 755bhp and 715ft.lb. of torque, making it the most powerful production ‘Vette ever, by a fair margin, and drives through a seven-speed manual or eight-speed auto ‘box, the first time a ZR1 has had an auto option. And, just when we all thought we were about to drown in our own drool, two weeks later they announced the convertible version… and with a top speed in excess of 200mph, you’d better like a lot of wind in your hair. Cover Up Haynes Manuals conducted a survey regarding the biggest barriers to automotive DIY repairs, and one of the top answers was that people are intimidated by the plastic cover on top of the ...

News Issue 6

News Issue 6
Hay Ho, Let’s go A recent announcement from the organisers of the Hot Rod Hayride stated: “Having listened to your feedback and after much discussion with The Detonators and our many helpers, we all feel it will be impossible to deliver a really first-rate Hayride at Headcorn in the future due to limitations that we found with the site. It was always going to be difficult to move a much-loved event once Bisley was no longer available, and we certainly gave it our best shot, but there will be no Hayride in 2018, or in the foreseeable future.” A shame; however, they can meet you halfway – the popular Atomic Festival has moved dates to the Hayride’s slot at the end of July, and offers many of the same ingredients: drag ...

News Issue 5

News Issue 5
Big Guns Vauxhall Heritage has a large stand at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. It’s just as well, as they’re bringing some huge cars for the Luton Goes Large display, including a Big Six BXL limousine, a trio of Crestas, a Royale coupe and a Lotus Carlton; street machines, the lot of ’em. They’ll also be celebrating 60 years of the Victor nameplate. Catch the show at Birmingham’s NEC from November 10th-12th, see www.necclassicmotorshow.com for details. Turbo Lover Here’s a rock star car if ever there was one – a 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo SE. Bought new from the Stuttgart factory in 1985 by Judas Priest lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, this is the car he claims inspired him to write the single ‘Turbo Lover’, from the album ‘Turbo’. With just 14,000 ...

News Issue 4

News Issue 4
Strip VIPs At the recent NSRA Hot Rod Drags, Mark had a couple of visitors at the Serck Motorsports stand – none other than Ken and Chris, owner and global sales rep respectively at FITech. Serck Motorsports are, of course, stockists and distributors of FITech’s impressive range of modern, retrofittable fuelling products from tank to manifold, and the guys were just here to check on the UK scene and answer questions from potential customers. For more on FITech goodies, see www.serckservicesmotorsport.co.uk.  Cyber Bulli Lovers of VeeDub buses and campers may like to know that the future is electric. At the end of August, Volkswagen announced that the ID Buzz, based on the forthcoming ID electric four-door platform, would go into production and be in showrooms just after the ID in 2022 as a ...

News Issue 3

News Issue 3
Cover Yourself We’ve teamed up with Industry & Supply, purveyors of top-quality and painfully cool T-shirts, to bring you a strictly limited series of top-notch Tees starring Street Machine cover cars. These shirts are properly printed on quality stock, available in a wide range of sizes and colours, and in standard short-sleeve or RWYB-friendly long-sleeves. There’s a new one every month – currently we’re on Pete Levick’s Gas Guzzler Austin gasser from issue #2, so don’t hang around. Why not collect them all? You’ll find them on www.covercarshirts.co.uk, but here’s a piece of advice from me – the sizes are Euro standard, not American standard, so order the next size up from what you’d usually order. Star Of Texas Shopping is a chore at the best of times, and a patience-testing nightmare at others. ...

News Issue 2

News Issue 2
Horses At Sandown There’ll be even more horse power at Sandown Park Racecourse when Buster Lang hosts the return of his ultimate car show on the 5th and 6th August the 5th and 6th. Headlining this year’s show are US celebrities, Steve Darnell and Justin Kramer from hit TV show Welderup, featuring a Rat Rod Room in one of the main halls. Joining them from Holland, will be the fabulous Kirsten Van Croonenborgh and the Suzy Q Drag Racing Team, Sickboyz Customs with their incredible bike and chopper collection, and UK Lowriding Team who will amaze the crowds with a spectacular rolling display. Don’t miss out on the US Cop Car area, TV & Movie Vehicle Exhibition, tribute acts, American big trucks, and learn how to jive in the Rock’n’Roll workshop.Steve Tripp, ...

News Issue 1

News Issue  1
Serck It And See Serck Motorsports have become the name in the UK for bespoke cooling systems, but with the addition of their Power & Performance division they can offer plenty more – they stock Sunoco fuels, nitrous, Joe Gibbs Driven oils, Auto Meter gauges and more. For instance, you don’t want to skimp on your plumbing, but you can save 15% on all Goodridge hoses and fittings. And you can bring your cruiser or weekend warrior into the 21st century with Fitech fuel injection and save money – their 400bhp kit has an RRP of £795. For more see www.serckservicesmotorsport.co.uk. Hemi Head To Head When Jeep UK wanted to prove their Grand Cherokee SRT’s drag racing chops, they took it to the right place – Santa Pod – and picked a fight with ...