Street Machine - - Your Stuff -

I AM A HUGE fan of your mag­a­zine, which has in­spired many mod­i­fi­ca­tions to my Monaro. How­ever, I have three gripes.

One: Your mag­a­zine should con­tain street-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles only, as the ti­tle is Street

Ma­chine. No mat­ter the power and per­for­mance, if it can­not be reg­is­tered, it’s not a street ma­chine.

Two: With such an em­pha­sis on drag rac­ing and burnouts, the clien­tele of your mag­a­zine can best be de­scribed as ‘bo­gans’: Un­couth, with poor den­tal health (most likely smok­ers), a lack of phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance and dis­re­gard of their gen­eral heath, as shown through large waist­lines or a strangely un­der­weight ap­pear­ance from over-con­sump­tion of al­co­hol – or worse.

I un­der­stand busi­ness is busi­ness and th­ese peo­ple prob­a­bly buy a large quota of your mag­a­zines. But please clean up the im­age of how car en­thu­si­asts – such as my­self – would like to be por­trayed: well-em­ployed, at­trac­tive, smart, well-pre­sented, phys­i­cally fit, ed­u­cated peo­ple.

Three: Your mag­a­zine is no longer well­rounded. Sure, in the 70s and 80s, with few over­seas cars, SM ful­filled its pur­pose. Nowa­days you need to in­clude far more Ja­panese (along with other coun­tries’) cars.

I look for­ward to your re­sponse. James Onufryk, email

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