Street Machine - - Telfo - SI­MON TELFORD

HEAPS go­ing down at SM mis­sion con­trol this month. As this is­sue went to print, we opened en­tries for Street Ma­chine Drag Chal­lenge 2017, with over 100 tak­ing the plunge in 24 hours. Thanks to all the en­trants and spon­sors for their en­thu­si­asm for this crazy event. You can check out all the de­tails of what’s in­volved at street­ma­ In video world, the fifth in­stal­ment of our Car­nage se­ries should be on­line by the time you’re read­ing this. We’ve parked the Turbo Taxi for now (see page 134) and have started work on the project I re­ferred to as ‘The One’ back in my May-is­sue ed­i­to­rial. I can now re­veal its iden­tity to be – be­lieve it or not – a 1998 Mazda MX-5.

Why an MX-5, you may rightly ask? Be­cause we wanted to build a re­ally out­ra­geous ve­hi­cle to take to Red Cen­tre­nats in Alice Springs in Septem­ber, so we could take ad­van­tage of that event’s spe­cial fea­ture – the abil­ity for wildly il­le­gal cars to drive on the street!

Our ini­tial plan was to start with the cutest, least-street Ma­chine car we could think of and stuff it full of twin-turbo V8. Af­ter brief con­sid­er­a­tion, we de­cided that a 1991-1998 Mazda 121 ‘bub­ble’ would be the ideal can­di­date, de­spite be­ing front-wheel drive.

But then, Scotty found the MX-5 up for auc­tion at a bar­gain-base­ment price. The ar­gu­ments pre­sented to me were that it was cheap, it was amus­ing and that the rear-wheel-drive for­mat would make the job eas­ier. As dis­cussed in the May ed­i­to­rial, I found my­self bid­ding for the Mazda on­line and was some­what be­mused to find that I’d bought the car in vir­tu­ally no time at all.

And with Red Cen­tre­nats rapidly ap­proach­ing, we’re hit­ting the MX-5 hard. Bubba Med­lyn and the team at All Race Fabri­ca­tions are cut­ting the rear off it, then fit­ting a set of wheel tubs, a beefier diff and a four-link, while Scotty has stripped the LS1 en­gine, ready for a build at Pow­er­house En­gines. Then, once we have the en­gine sit­ting in the car, the lads at MPW Per­for­mance will set up a twin-turbo sys­tem for it, wire it up and tune the sucker.

While it is a big job to do in a short time, Scotty is un­der­tak­ing yet another lit­tle project, with an even shorter dead­line. If it is suc­cess­ful, it will cul­mi­nate in a 2000km road trip for a spot of drag rac­ing. Upon hear­ing of this wildly am­bi­tious scheme, it was asked: “Why do you do this to your­self?”, which is a fair ques­tion, but one that any per­son with petrol in their veins knows the an­swer to.

Gary My­ers is one bloke who has al­ways pushed him­self hard in the name of our sport, and it is a plea­sure to have his AGROXA Fal­con coupe on the cover of this month’s mag. Even if burnout cars aren’t your thing, there is a lot of se­ri­ous smarts and el­bow grease that has gone into this build and the re­sults are spec­tac­u­lar – as any­one who wit­nessed Gary’s epic pow­er­skids at North­ern Nats will at­test to!

And on the sub­ject of the burnout scene, we get a bit of feed­back through Your Stuff and via so­cial me­dia from those who don’t dig it. We hear you and we work hard to en­sure there are plenty of other sub­jects cov­ered in each is­sue of the mag and on­line. So while we have Gary’s car on the cover and a story on the Ul­ti­mate Burnout Chal­lenge in this is­sue, we also have a crazy va­ri­ety of fea­ture cars, in­clud­ing Aaron Fitz­patrick’s Dat­sun 1600 for the four-pot fans, a Coy­ote-pow­ered GT40 that was exquisitely hand­crafted in the owner’s shed, and a re­stored LJ To­rana Sports Sedan, pack­ing a 265 Hemi-six mounted amid­ships!

Other non-burnout stuff in­cludes our cel­e­bra­tion of Ben Gatt’s 50-year ca­reer as a drag racer, the 23rd Street Rod Nats, ad­vice for those hunt­ing for a sec­ond-hand Chrysler 300C and much more.

It is a tough bal­anc­ing act to get right, and we value all your com­ments and sug­ges­tions, so keep them com­ing!


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