All Matt James wanted to do with his 1964 Compact Fairlane was turn it into a nice street car. Along the way, Matt got involved in burnouts and purchased the bass-ass blown engine exploding out of the bonnet, sending the three-year-build in wildly different direction. Builder Adam Spiteri and the team from Cronic Customs, says, “The sinister-looking House of Kolor Black Gold beast painted by Kustom Panel and Paint is now a dedicated events car.”

Thanks to the 1600hp, blown, 447-cube Ford donk screwed together by TRE Racing Engines in the US, COMPACT will have no trouble Smashing Tyres, scorching the quarter mile, or tearing it up at a driving event. Helping to make all that grunt is a 10/71 huffer, Big and Ugly hat and four-inch stainless exhaust meticulously fabricated by Cronic. Backing the big-cube, small-block is a Ried Powerglide (good for 2000hp) and a sheet metal, full-floater nine-inch.

Hanging off the radically modified chassis is a TCI double A-arm front end and four-link rear complete with airbags at all, four corners capable of dropping COMPACT to around 50mm off the deck. Keeping it falling that last, little bit is Intro Billets wrapped in 245/35/19 and 345/25 20 Pirelli rubber. On the inside, there’s an ANDRA-approved 14-point cage and a quartet of leather-trimmed buckets each with their own four-point harnesses.

The lads reckon if you put some tyres on it and went racing, it’d probably run eights. And if you’re thinking 1600hp is going to put the fright into Matt, you’d be wrong. He’s proved his driving prowess behind the wheel of his blown HT Holden Monaro burnout machine. This level of power doesn’t scare him at all – in fact it’s more likely to install a permanent ear-to-ear grin. COMPACT has a sheer presence about it that must be seen in the flesh to be appreciated – which you can do when you head to Meguiar’s MotorEx (July 25-26) Sydney Olympic Park.