Another awesome car at MotorEx is Howard Bell's LITRE8, which has featured on no less than three Street Machine covers and polled in the Top Ten in our recent Ultimate Street Machine of all Time vote. Check it out at Sydney Olympic Park, this weekend.
You can read all about Bob Hamilton’s Captain Nitrous in Street Machine Hot Rod Legends, on sale now! Bob moved heaven and earth to make this lovingly detailed model a reality, which comes with an extensive booklet on the history of the famous FJ. Get yours from:
Jamil's butt-kicking MONSTA is featured in the July issue of SM. Start with a classy VR Senator, fit an 800hp, V7-blown 363ci Holden stroker and jam a set of 20x15in Showwheels out the back. Perfect! Photo: Guy Bowden
We checked out Steve Barnes's FX Files in our Feb issue and learnt that Steve's steel-bodied beast has a racing history dating back to 1965! It campaigned under a bunch of names, including The Vampire, The Hunchback and the UFO and has run everything from hot grey and red sixes to nitrous-assisted and fuel injected small blocks. These days is runs a 378ci small block, with twin turbos, air/air cooler and a 800cfm Barry Grant. Now Steve has stepped up to the APSA's Outlaw Radial class and had his first outing on at the Street Machine Nationals at Sydney Dragway on the weekend. Steve not only top qualified and finished runner up to Jamie Farmer's twin turbo Mustang, but ran a stonking new PB of 8.70! Steve reckons that makes it the fastest stock body, stock-chassis Humpy in history!
Every few Summernats, Rod and Hud Johnston turn up with a new budget-built creation that blows everyone away with its workmanship and creativity. This year it was Rod's FJ coupe that shocked the troops and took out Top Custom in the Elite Hall. Besides the coupe-conversion and chop-top, there is a stunning race-inspired interior, highly detailed Toyota Hemi V8 and super-cool rolling stock. Check out the full story in the May issue. Photos: Tony Rabbitte
In the February issue of Street Machine, we have a neat story on Steve and Jeff Barnes's FX race car. These days known as FX Files, it has a racing history dating back to Surfers Paradise in 1965. It was known variously as The Vampire, The Hunchback, Gold Rush and The UFO, running first grey power, then a hot red, before scoring a small block in the early 80s. These days it runs twin turbos and his headed for the exciting world of the APSA's Outlaws Radial class.
Last year Arby featured Nigel Olsson's super-sleeper LH. Nigel started with a $800 shitter and was soon running 9.2s thanks to a budget single-turbo LS1 combination. Know of something similar? Drop us a line at [email protected] for our new Budget Built section.