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Readers Machine Issue 23

Readers Machine Issue 23
photo credit: “Christopher Tilley” The SM Junior section is arbitrarily for anyone young enough to get shafted on their insurance premiums. The National Street Rod Association have taken that one step further with a new membership scheme for younger rodders yet to reach their 30th birthday. Are you 18-29? Listen up… “Those of you who are already NSRA members may have spotted that we have introduced a new under 29’s membership scheme. But for those who aren’t yet involved, this is your chance to spark that interest and passion in hot rodding! “The new scheme will provide you access to the wealth of knowledge on the NSRA Forum, a way to get involved with others of a similar age at the NSRA shows and a social community outside of that. An NSRA Pre-29 group has been set up, and there is already talk of getting together at retro ...

Readers Machine Issue 21

Readers Machine Issue 21
The whole scene needs some more young blood in it, and it doesn’t get much younger than Rob Page’s kids! He’s giving them a good start in life with this tot rod. “The fibreglass body is from Outback Customs,” says Rob. “The frame is wood, the engine is a plastic model kit, the intake is from a VW, and the 10” wheels are from a pallet truck. The interior is wood upholstered in period-looking leather, with two seat belts. “I started working at a bodyshop last January, and started this build in March to showcase my skills while allowing my children to see what I do and how to do it. I built it for my one-year-old daughter, Perri; I finished it when she was nine months old, and it will grow with her. At the moment it’s just a stroller, pushed by ...

Readers Machine Issue 19

Readers Machine Issue 19
SM JR My name is Alice Fairhead, I’m 20 years old and work full time at Draganfly Motorcycles, which specialises in spares for vintage British motorbikes. I’ve been involved with drag racing all my life, I love the custom car and hot rod scene and I love doing my own photography work around the scene. I’ve been doing it for a few years now and had some of my work in various magazines – all my photos can be found on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shutterbug98 (prints and copies can be provided and I can do personalised shoots on request). It was my family that got me into the scene; my grandparents always had old motorcycles and cars. I first went to Santa Pod aged 11 months, my dad started drag racing ...

Readers Machine Issue 14

Readers Machine Issue 14
Here’s a monster of a reader’s machine, although, strictly speaking, it’s a reader’s customer’s machine. “I grew up with Street Machine magazine,” says Steve Robinson, from Somerset. “I was inspired by Andy Saunders’ creations, and went into repairing and painting cars etc for a living… 30 years ago, now! This ’69 Camaro is an absolute beast, with a 454 big-block, Hurst shifter and a thirsty appetite! I completely repainted the car, trying to recreate that patina look. The owner is very pleased – he was after a mean look requiring very little maintenance, as he just wants to drive it. I was also lucky enough to drive it when I took my son, Sam, to his prom – Sam helped me prep the car, so he deserves the ride…” Want to see ...

Readers Machine Issue 11

Readers Machine Issue 11
Ollie’s Ranchero Very few people are likely to tell you that an old American pick-up is a practical, sensible daily, but when you’re young, practical and sensible don’t mean that much, really. Witness Ollie H-Smith, from Bristol. He’s 21, and his daily is a 1964 Ford Falcon Ranchero. “It came into the UK last August,” says Ollie, “and it was owned by a friend of mine until he sold it to me just days before these photos were taken. It was a California car, and had been a Friday night drag racer; a RWYB car. The truck was originally a 260 V8 truck, but it’s now a 302 with T5 five-speed manual – the engine’s been warmed over, but I’ve no idea what’s in it and haven’t had it apart. “It’s my first ...

Readers Machine Issue 9

Readers Machine Issue 9
David Benstead dropped us a line about his new acquisition – a rather lovely ‘Bird in a very Seventies shade of brown. “I thought you may be interested in seeing my ‘74 Pontiac Firebird, a fresh import from Georgia. It runs a 400 with Lunati Voodoo cam, 2400rpm stall converter, shorty headers and an Edelbrock Street Avenger manifold with the original Q Jet. That combo should be putting out close to 400hp, and is very lively. The interior is slightly tired so it’s getting recovered this spring, and after that it’s just a case of enjoying the car!” Quite right too, David! So look out for this beautiful brown bullnose with the Formula hood at shows this year….

Readers Machine Issue 7

Readers Machine Issue 7
Street Machine UK has now reached all the way around the world! We recently heard from Ron Honig in Geelong, near Melbourne, Australia, who had this to say: “A couple of months ago I was surfing the net, and I came across an ad for the latest copy of Street Machine. I am two issues into your mag, and I have to say I think it is great. It is nice to see a different take on things automotive. For instance, I have an Austin Cambridge, sitting in my mother’s garage, that is my latest project. I have been planning to hot rod it, and was wondering which way to build it, then sure enough, you have an idea for this on page 90 of the latest edition (see issue #5, November ’17 – ...

Readers Machine Issue 5

Readers Machine Issue 5
The old Readers’ Rides pages used to be a popular feature of the mag back in the day. Would you like to see it back? Here’s a starter for 10… This BMW E36 Touring belongs to Gavin Bhurji, who says, “I thought I’d submit my parts-chaser as a potential contender for Reader’s Machine. I know it’s a bit new, but it’s one of those 20-odd-year-old throwaway cars that can only get rarer, and that the old SM used to love. I bought it as a parts-chaser to help me pick up essential items to build my old Fords; parts that I can’t throw into the proper daily. But it’s snowballed into another semi-project! “I bought it from a ‘drift kid’, and it was fully stripped inside, with a few other issues to ...