KARMAGEDDON! – VL Commodore

This could have been another neat and tidy VL Calais with an RB30 turbo and Convo Pros, but Perth’s Steven Gledich had other ideas. Bought as a roller out of Melbourne, the car was already set up with mini-tubs, a 9-inch, slicks, wing and even a parachute mount. “It was not a bad thing when […]

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THE X-FACTOR – Ford XR Falcon

If you spotted Giles Mortimer’s XR Falcon on the street, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a neat cruiser, probably powered by a mild 302 Windsor with barely enough grunt to pull the skin off a delicious rice pud. And you’d be very wrong. Beneath the unmodified bonnet of this unassuming resto sits a […]

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‘RUNNING ON EMPTY’ FOX1 – 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

When it comes to Australian star cars, there’s only a handful that made the same impact as Fox’s 1970 Dodge Challenger from 1982’s iconic flick Running On Empty. The majority of movie cars are destroyed in the process of becoming legends, or else parted out and scrapped after filming, or, dare we suggest it, restored to […]

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HOT WHEELS HOT ROD!

I think my young nephew Braxton summed up Nick Hansen’s unique pick up best – he reckoned it was a life-size hot wheels car. When I quizzed him some more, he remarked about the flames over the purple paint and the massive wheels – he didn’t believe it was even real. That reaction seems the […]

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THIS IS NOW, THAT WAS THEN – 1941 Willys Coupe

Mark Allen, a self-confessed jack of all trades, is a man that knows that he likes and that is his street rodded 1941 Willys Coupe. He has owned it since ‘99 and assures me that he plans to be buried with it. The car was a heavy hitter back in the day – winning over […]

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BORN AGAIN – 1966 Rambler Rogue

Simon Coates and Ramblers go back to when he was a wiry teenager. “A friend of mine owned a Rambler Hornet.  Years later, another mate of mine was looking for a car to buy so went searching for a Hornet. We found an example with a 350 Chev – that was a wild car.  Years […]

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SMOOTH OPERATOR – 1976 HJ GTS

For building supervisor, Patrick Rando, cars were a way of life from a very early age. Growing up in a family of rev heads and having three older brothers, the pressure to build killer cars was full on. “We all started riding motorbikes, building bush bombs and then eventually moving onto modified cars as we […]

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THE CUSTODIAN – 1933 Ford Coupe

Paul Graffin has nicknamed his Schwartz Black ’33 Ford Coupe the ‘Custodian’ He believes that he is just looking after it until the next owner is ready for it. The ’33 has belonged to several people since it was first crafted by legendary hot rod builder, Dick Bushell way back in 1969. That initial build […]

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A TOUCH OF CLASS – 1956 Volkswagen

Reuben Bourke knows more than a thing about style and looking good – and so he should – he is an accomplished architectural associate, and well, he digs VWs, so that rates pretty high in my books too! For a laid back dude, he has a lot of energy and passion for his chosen persuasion […]

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CHANGE OF HEART – HQ Holden

Tyson Mowarin, the Creative director at Weerianna Street Media in the north west of WA, has always been a car guy and that stemmed right back from his childhood. “I first got into cars when I was very young because my Dad and Uncles all had nice cars. They had Monaros; Toranas, Valiants, a bit […]

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