DCW 2019 WAS HUGE – 130 ENTRIES, MOSTLY GREAT WEATHER, A CHALLENGING ROAD COURSE AND SOME KILLER RACING
WHAT a month. Since the last time I sat down to scratch out this column, the Street Machine team has been busier than a centipede at a toe-counting contest.
First up, we kicked off our Holden versus Ford $2K Challenge series, in our newly deckedout Carnage workshop. It has had a massive response and is easily our most popular Carnage series yet. Thanks to everyone who checked it out and if you’ve missed it, you’ll find it at YOUTUBE.COM/STREETMACHINETV.
Shortly thereafter, we high-tailed it to Queensland for Drag Challenge Weekend. It was a huge event – 130 entries, (mostly) great weather, a challenging road course and some killer racing. Congrats to Terry Seng for taking out the overall win in his VC Commodore, and thanks to all the racers and crew who put in such a massive effort. We’ve got the full story
on page 66, and we’ll be covering as many cars as we can in more detail in upcoming instalments of our monthly Drag Challenge column and online.
And what of the five-day Street Machine Drag Challenge? The big one is running from Sunday 10 November to Friday 15 November, so stick that in your diaries! Entries will be open soon; keep an eye on whichcar.com.au/ streetmachine for the announcement.
The very next weekend after DCW was Meguiar’s Motorex. That is always a big show for us, but we decided to crank up the difficulty factor and run our first ever Carnage Live build. The Motorex team gave us a space in the Performance Garage area and we turned it into a temporary workshop for the weekend. The aim was to install a new cam and heads to our Mr Dodgey Dodge Phoenix and to fit a brand-spanking Harrop supercharger to the innocent 5.0-litre in Broads’s LC GTR Torana.
Of course, we filmed it all for a future Carnage episode and spent lots of time chatting with like-minded car nuts as well. Nevertheless, the boys got the job done and both cars drove out of the pavilion under their own power on Sunday night. Things didn’t go exactly to plan after that for Mr Dodgey, but that’s a story for another time.
After that, Scotty and co pumped out another couple of episodes of the $2K Challenge, our ad bloke Joseph masterminded the first Rolling 30 event at Sydney Motorsport Park for Unique Cars, and somewhere in the middle of all that we managed to craft this mag as well.
There are times when I pine for the days when making great mags was our one and only job. We certainly had more time to smell the roses (i.e. go to the pub), but there is always something new to learn and tons of fun to be had. It is hard yakka, but also a massive privilege, so thanks to everyone who supports our crazy schemes. Whether you are slapping down your hard-earned to buy the mag, sharing our stuff on social media or considering our sponsors and advertisers while shopping – it all helps and encourages us to push harder.
Also: a massive thanks to everyone who wrote, emailed or called about last month’s column encouraging folks (particularly blokes) to look after their health a bit better. It is the biggest response I’ve ever had, from longtime mates and strangers alike. It’s good to know my ramblings struck a chord – I really appreciate the feedback.
And finally – look out for the first round of the 2019 Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year polling, which will kick off at whichcar.com.au/ streetmachine on 1 July. This is your chance to help determine the 16 finalists for the richest and most democratic award in the Australian street machine scene. Have your say and help make history!