Street Machine May 2022 on sale now

A 632-cube pro street HK Monaro, Drag Challenge Weekend, and Top Fuel racing. Oh my!


The May issue of Street Machine is out now, and we must say it’s an absolute corker.

Jovan Batar’s ridiculously cool 632ci big-block HK Monaro was the talk of the town at Street Machine Summernats 34. It draws on factory styling with modern twists, with touches like upsized ‘5 Litre Holden’ badges adorning the big-block’s rocker covers.

There’s proper-smart work everywhere you look, with a perfect finish and stonking driveline to match.

After a few frustrating false starts over the past two years, we finally managed to run another Drag Challenge in March! The inaugural Drag Challenge Weekend Victoria hit Heathcote Park Raceway and Mildura’s Sunset Strip, before a final showdown back at HPR.

It was a tight finish with heaps of epic racing and road mileage in between.

Want more drag racing? Yours truly joined snapper Chris Thorogood for another trip to Mildura to cover Top Fuel Australia’s assault on the eighth-mile. I’d never seen fuellers in action, and it was an unforgettable experience.

There was plenty on offer for street car fans too, with the Ken Scroop Memorial meeting bringing a dozen other classes out to play.

We don’t know of too many eight-second XA GTs kicking around these days, but Tony Murr’s Falcon does it with style to spare.

There’s a 900hp Clevo tucked under the bonnet with plenty of OEM-looking gear, plus a classy stock-look interior.

Marcus Nikolic’s VL Calais was another Summernats stunner good enough for a Top 60 finish. It’s more than just nice paint and big Simmons rims though, courtesy of a 408-cube LS2 topped with a Harrop blower. The end result is 940hp for street duties, with the option of cracking 1000hp.

We don’t often feature mini-trucks in SM, but Jazzy Green’s LS-transplanted HiLux is just too good to pass up. She put a huge amount of time and talent into the build, with custom fab work and body mods out the wazoo.

Get your Chrysler fill with an unofficial Mopars get-together in Albury-Wodonga, followed by Louie Demetriou’s tough-as-nails ’68 Charger.

We’ve also got a sweet big-block Torana hatch from Brett Russell, and a super-tidy Mustang convertible with turbo Barra power.

The Barra love continues with Peter Nusser’s Drag Challenge-ready XR Falcon ute. He’s ditched the 6/71-blown Windsor in favour of the spicy six, which is bound to see the ute hit easy eights.

Get learned on safe towing practice with Iain Kelly to avoid trailer-based disaster, and feast your eyes on a delicious individual-throttlebody LS1 stroker from the boffins at Warspeed.

All this and much more resides within the pages of Street Machine May 2022, so get stuck in now!