Articles by Simon MAJOR
A custom panel van tragic from childhood, Simoâ€™s car-loving DNA was further sharpened as an impressionable 1980s teen, immersing himself in the pioneering builds of Greg Carlson, Wayne Pagel, Rob Beauchamp and others in the pages of Street Machine. He went on to create a number of mainly Chrysler-based builds of his own, one of which â€“ a Valiant police car â€“ caught the eye of SMâ€™s then-deputy editor Telfo in 2008, who offered him the opportunity to cover the next Nostalgia Drags for the mag. More than a decade on, Simo has become our resident modified-car historian, bringing to life a time when real men smoked Eagers, matching numbers were only important for the Lotto and a pair of shorts were, er, short.
The van that time forgot: Neil Dieckmann’s FJ Holden
A rare time capsule of 70s and 80s street machining that is still going strong!
Cheap thrills – Blowin’ Gaskets
Simo ponders whether a street machiner’s natural desire to constantly evolve their rides can kill some of the fun along the way
Damien ‘Chubby’ Lowe’s VB Commodore
Just like Ian Hazel’s HG Premier in the 80s and Ron Barclay’s HQ ute in the early 90s, Damien Lowe’s VB Commodore set the standard for his own generation of street machiners to follow
Wheels of Terror (1990) – ripper car movies
Evil waits. With the motor running
Pro Street pioneer Wayne Pagel – interview
Widely regarded as a founding father of Australia’s pro street movement, Wayne Pagel shook the foundations of our sport with a legendary HT Monaro. Three decades on, his passion for tough, high-quality builds is as strong as ever
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) – ripper car movies
Their world is a two-lane blacktop. No beginning, no end, no speed limit!
My life with cars: Kathryn Moran
Kathryn Moran has had a lifelong obsession with cars and has been restoring them since she was a teenager. Here are some of her favourite rides through the years
Better Off Dead (1985) – ripper car movies
Comical mishaps behind the wheel of a drag-racing LTD wagon graduate to some very cool tyre-smoking Camaro action
Artist Aden Jacobi – interview
Even if Aden Jacobi doesn't own the coolest car, poster or T-shirt in Oz, it might well be his art that you love about him
My life with cars: Peter Fleetwood
Peter Fleetwood grew up in a family of gearheads, here are just some of his favourite cars through the years
Rhett Nankervis’s 30 years of VW passion
Volkswagen freak Rhett Nankervis inherited his passion for the marque from his father and at one point they had 96 VWs between them in the backyard! Here are just some of Rhett's favourite rides and builds over the last three decades
Back to the Future (1985) – ripper car movies
He's the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born
Return to Macon County (1975) – ripper car movies
Two guys, a chick and the hottest '57 Chev on the road!
Video: 80s-inspired pro touring Torana hatch
Heath van der Waerden’s hard-hitting Torana hatch has style, brains and brawn – and it runs on LPG!
Snake & Mongoose (2013) – ripper car movies
Fast friends, arch-rivals!
Iconic builds from the 80s and 90s Brisbane car scene
Looking back on eight memorable builds from Brisbane's show and street scene in the 80s and 90s
Grease (1978) – ripper car movies
Grease is the word...
Iconic Australian custom Fords & Chryslers
Wrapping up our iconic customs series, we look back on seven Aussie-delivered Ford and Mopar builds from the 50s and 60s
The Man From Hong Kong (1975)
Some great driving and stunt action featuring a number of iconic Aussie cars – purists beware!
Iconic custom Holdens part 4: FE-HR
We continue our series on custom Holdens from the 60s and 70s, this time looking at some of the best FE-HR builds of the Aussie hot-car scene