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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 which­ 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 which­ 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!

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