We’re days from Street Machine Summernats 35, and it’s shaping up to be an absolute corker.
There’s a massive lineup of 29 cars set to be revealed at the Meguiar’s Great Uncover, from a Suzuki Mighty Boy to a ’34 Ford, and just about anything in-between. Keep an eye on our social channels for more, but scroll on for a few of our top picks so far!
What began as a resto job has morphed into something altogether more customised and muscular for Mike. Highlights include a blown small block with quad Weber induction and custom 18 and 20in rims that mimic ’54 Bel Air hubcaps.
The interior features traditional tuck and roll trim, Lightning Rod-style shifter and a super-trick custom Esky installation. All of which was done by the wizards at Pat’s Pro Restos.
Morris Minors rarely end up in the Elite Hall, but Al Magritzer’s gorgeous example will be right at home among the big boys. A joint effort by Al and Southern Rod & Custom, it features a crazy supercharged BMC A-series mill and still runs a MOWOG gearbox.
Out back is a stout Escort diff, as BMC never offered a third member nearly strong enough for blown power. The artful extractors and radiator are custom bits, and it’s all doused in factory green.
The rear bumper extension will run a continental kit, which is also entirely hand-fabricated. “We couldn’t find a Morris anywhere in the world with one of those,” Al says.
Having attended every Summernats since its inception, he can’t wait to debut the stunning Morrie, especially after negotiating countless border closures and long trips from central-west NSW during the build.
Daniel Mussared bolted together a tough 355-cube Chev mill for his VK Commodore, before life got in the way and it was sequestered for five years. It’s now back in action, with Oberon Smash Repairs bringing the DNA Deep Blue-coated panels to show spec.
There’s also a full cystom exhaust from Pro Street Industries, and a Protrans-built Turbo 400 with a sheetmetal nine-inch. Inside you’ll find VE ClubSport pews all-’round, divided by a full-length console.
Echuca’s Matt McIntosh will be injecting some land-yacht love to the Great Unveil with his stonking, Simmons-clad HQ Stato. In keeping with the HQ heritage, the fully fabbed engine bay features an Engine Master-built small-block Chev, punching out 403 cubes and hooked to twin Precision snails via custom Boosted Fabrications manifolds. On a run-in tune, it spat out 1000hp. It’s hooked to a transbraked and manualised Reid-cased Turbo 400, built by Paul Rogers.
Matt’s business, Echuca Service Centre, handled the paint and panel in-house, spending the last five years as an after-hours job. The paint combo and interior fit-out is still under wraps, though Matt assures us the combo will be “pretty wild.”
Brett’s 1FATHT Monaro blew our socks off when it lobbed at Summernats 32. And like the HT, Brett’s single spinner has received the Pro Flo Performance magic touch. That is, epic stance, heaps of grunt and exacting detail.