Seven of the last 12 Street Machine cover cars will be at MotorEx Melbourne. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Click below for a full rundown on each of these bitchin’ rides!
Daniel Souvleris – 1975 Holden HJ ute – September 2013
Part streeter, part racer, Daniel Souvleris’s House of Kolor Orion Silver HJ ute is 100 per cent bad-ass. The MotorEx Superstars Best of Breed qualifier sports a 540-cube, nitrous-snorting, tunnel-rammed, BBC and a slick body to die for. With the intention of using the big-block’s full potential, the chassis and driveline have been re-engineered and strengthened, while the brake system has also been suitably upgraded. On the inside is a custom sheet metal dash, trick one-off door trims, fully integrated, 12-point roll-cage and fixed-back racing buckets – which are swathed in the same, red, cowhide as the doors and floor. Filling out those massive rear tubs is a set of 20×12.5-inch billets wrapped in 315/30/22 tyres. And if you’re thinking it’s too nice for smashing tyres, think again. Daniel damn near destroyed those rear hides at a recent outing at Powercruise.
Lyn & Dave Keen – 1955 FJ Holden – November 2013
The FJ was one of Holden’s best sellers, however I’m betting that if they looked as trick as Lyn and Dave Keen’s chopped, two-door, sales would have skyrocketed. Other body mods for the House of Kolor Tangelo, MotorEx Superstars Best of Breed qualifier included; radiused and widened guards, deleted quarter-vent windows and reshaped bootlid. “The only panel that is original is the bonnet,” says Dave. Riding on a modified HQ chassis (upgraded with a four-bar rear end and rack ‘n’ pinion steering) the FJ hunkers down over its 18 and 20-inch billet rolling stock via airbags. Power is courtesy of a worked LS1, topped with twin four-barrel Edelbrock carbies. The FJ was never built to be a show car, so Dave is insisting that MotorEx Melbourne will be its last outing before it hits the highway for some serious cruising.
Henry Parry – FB Holden – January 2014
The story behind Henry Parry’s FB is even more amazing than the car itself – which is damn impressive. Henry’s mum bought the car new and it’s been in the Parry family ever since. Henry had always wanted to rebuild it to honour his late mother but struggled to make it happen. In the end, he assembled a crack build team, that included; Custom Bodyworks, Knights Panel Works, Chop Shop and Stitched Up Interiors to turn his dream into reality. Under the near-stock skin, this old girl is bristling with street smarts; modern suspension, EFI engine, four-speed auto, big brakes and a custom interior. Being able to take it back and show it at his hometown of Nyngan was a thrill. “They’ve never seen anything like this,’ said a grateful Henry. Snagging the Summernats Grand Champion sword and MotorEx Superstars Best of Breed qualifying spot were icing on the cake.
Terry Mourched – 1968 Dodge Charger – March 2014
Look up ‘tough car’ in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of a 68/69 Dodge Charger, even the stockers are just plain wicked. However with its sumptuous custom HOK Passion Purple hue, killer bodywork, imposing 24-inch Simmons wheels, full custom interior and nasty, blown 426-cube Ray Barton Hemi, Terry Mourched’s ‘68 monster cranks it up to 11! Since debuting to rapturous applause at Meguiar’s MotorEx 2013, Terry’s Charger has been whooing all and sundry. It stared on the March 2014 cover of Street Machine magazine, took out a swag of awards at Summernats, including Top Pro Street, top Special Effects, Top Ten Judged and the coveted People’s Choice. This is one of those special cars that only come along once in a blue moon and is worth the entry fee on its own.
Daniel Andrews – HQ Holden One Tonner – April 2014
Having started and stoped the build over a few years, Daniel Andrews wanted to drive his slick ute to his impending weeding – that was all the motivation he needed to finally finish his immaculate one tonner. The Holden workhorse is a cleaver mix of old and new. Stylewise, the sweet interior, custom dash, smoothed engine bay, raked stance, four-link rear and bigs ‘n’ littlies tyre combo are timeless classics that give the tonner tough-as attitude. However the fresh colour and wicked turbo-charged, 408-cube LS-X are most definitely new-school inclusions. And that engine combo isn’t just for bragging rights either, Daniel’s aim is to run a nine-second quarter. He’s got the 10.5-inch slicks waiting in the shed, which he’ll bolt up and head to the track after a few more show outings.
Justin Brown – 2007 VE Station Wagon – May 2014
Justin is one of Perth’s premier burnout competitors and has slaying them on the east and west coast for a couple of years now. He took out Mallanats in 2013 and has twice earned a guernsey in the Liqui-Moly Burnout Masters. But all that was in his VP ute, he wanted to mix things up, so he screwed together this tyre-smashing VE wagon complete E3 HSV body kit. At the pointy end, is a ferocious, 377-cube SBC force-fed a staple diet of methanol through an Enderle injector hat and howling 8/71 Littlefield blower. For a hard-core, 1500hp burnout machine, the inside is rather restrained. Sure there’s a roll cage and Racepak dash, however the rest is courtesy of a HSV GTS. With a full interior, Justin is able to take more friends for a ride, “we were cruising five-up, at Gazzanats doing skids,” says Justin, “it was cool!”
Paul Cassar – 1971 Ford XY Fairmont – June 2014
Paul might be a self-confessed Holden man, but his XY GT tribute is one killer FoMoCo. Bought as a mint condition, rolling shell, Paul had it finished off in the unusual combination of Electric Blue with orange stripe and white interior. It might be rockin’ a shaker, however once you pop the GT bonnet locks, you’re left in no doubt that this solid-cam’d 351 is anything but stock. On Flowcraft’s engine dyno it spun up a healthy 520 neddies. Keeping its belly off the ground and helping out with that ‘just right’ stance is Showwheels SW3 billets. On the inside it’s wall-to-wall concourse GT, with an Alpine CD player that looks like a stock radio being one of the few upgrades. For a car that was built for cruising, Paul’s slick XY has already snagged a bag of awards. Who knows how it will go at MotorEx Melbourne?
Be sure to check out all the Street Machine cover cars in the Meguiar’s Superstars hall at Meguiar’s MotorEx in Melbourne on July 19-20.