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SEND photos of your car and a few details of what went into the build to Readers’ Rockets, Street Machine, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh, Vic 3166 or email readerscars@bauer-media.com.au. Please note: Send us copies of prints as we are unable to return your photos.

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WIN one of three Eagle One gift packs, including Wax-As-U-Wash, 20/20 Glass Cleaner, Wax-As-U-Dry, Nevr-Dull Wadding Polish and Wipe & Shine Detailer. See www.eagleone.com.au for info!


WINNER! EAGLE ONE PACK

STEVEN LEWIS 1977 HX HOLDEN GTS MONARO

“I BOUGHT this HX GTS Monaro when I was 15 years old from a friend of the family. I ended up selling it to a mate, but regretted it and had to buy it back! It stayed as a standard 350-cube street car up until about five years ago, when I had it built by a shop here in Alice Springs. We did a 383 stroker with Brodix heads and stuck a nine-inch diff in the rear hooked up to a Powerglide trans. We repainted it in the original factory blue colour, stuck on a set of Center Line Convo Pro wheels with Mickey Thompson radials then started to get into drag racing.

So far it has run an 11.5sec quarter-mile. At the moment the interior is as it left the factory, apart from a few additional gauges, so the next job is to give her a clean-up. And who knows, after that we might go down the nitrous route!”

Pics: Chris Thorogood

WINNER! EAGLE ONE PACK

RANALD HILL 1976 HX SANDMAN

“THIS is my HX Sandman, in Absinth Yellow. It’s a genuine XX7 Brisbane build, with a 253 and four-speed. It was spotted by my brother-in-law in Brisbane around 2007; he passed the car daily parked down a small side-street. In 2008, I decided to see if it was still there, and it was – along with the faded paintwork and rust spots. I did a doorknock and found that the guy who owned it had been using the vehicle as his daily drive and work van for 20 years. I didn’t know if it was a genuine Sandman at that stage, but I left a business card and told him to give me a call when he wanted to sell the vehicle. A year later, I got the call, so went back, checked the ID plate and confirmed the vehicle as a Sandman XX7 with all the original running gear. It sat in the shed at home for three-and-a-half years before I began a full ground-up rebuild. Many thanks to Ron Robertson, the panel beater and painter, who put many hundreds of hours into the van to bring her back to life. The pictures tell the story – what a beauty!” Pics: Rick Welch

MICHAEL APPELMAN VALIANT AP6

“HERE’S my AP6 V8; I’ve had it for 21 years. It runs a mild 318 and Torqueflite. It was originally a copper colour with a vinyl roof. It’s not supertidy throughout, but it’s not too shabby either. The interior is fairly good – besides the cowhide seat covers – but the engine bay needs a good detail.”

PAULA BERARDONE VJ CHARGER

“I HAVE a four-cylinder ’74 Celica, and hubby says to me: ‘Get a car with some balls, will ya!’ So we find this ’73 Valiant Charger XL, go and check it out and I buy it within a day.

Love this thing! The front end has been entirely redone, and the engine is mildly worked, including roller rockers, ported heads, 360 headers, 904 gearbox with stage 2 shift kit and Dominator converter with big-neck 3000 stall. So yeah, it sounds tough! I think hubby is a little cut because my car is better than his – he’s got a worked ’62 Chevy Impala SS. As you can see, I am passionate about cars, and want the girls to have as much fun as the boys! I noticed there was a lack of girls in the car scene, so I started a Facebook page called Northern Gal last year, to get chicks to come to car shows, get interested and maybe buy and drive a classic!

Check out Northern Gal on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Shannons Club.”

ROSS INGUANTI BF XR8 FALCON

“HERE’S my 2006 XR8, with a V3 Vortech supercharger. It started off as a daily runaround for work and slowly progressed with a few little mods until it turned into a blown XR8! I couldn’t resist going forced induction on these Boss motors – it really wakes them up! It’s currently running 8psi and making around 350rwkW. I will probably go up a few pounds soon! I also have a ’67 XR, which my old man and I are building at the moment. Plans are to restore it, with the usual goodies – four-link rear, minitubbed, and maybe sneak in a 6/71 blower.”

WINNER! EAGLE ONE PACK

LEITH DARRACH 1978 UC TORANA SEDAN

“THIS is my UC Torana. It was only just painted the week before Red CentreNATS by the paint and panel section of Charles Darwin University, where I manage the automotive trade school. The car was assembled as part of a prisoner training program designed to give indigenous prisoners a Certificate I and II in Automotive, prior to being released. We finished it just in time for Red CentreNATS! Under the bonnet is a standard injected 5.7-litre Holden V8 from a VR GTS, hooked up to a manualised Turbo 350 transmission and nine-inch rear with Strange axles, Truetrac with 4.11 gears and McDonald Brothers control arms. It runs low 14s down the quarter, which is pretty good for a factory engine.

With the current diff gears it launches really hard off the line, but is a bit slow through the top end. It keeps up with new XR8 Falcons and HSVs though, so I’m happy with that! Next we’ll probably upgrade the front suspension to A9X-spec 90/10 shocks – if it’s going to be slow down the quarter, it might as well wheelstand!”

Pics: Chris Thorogood

BEN CHARD EH HOLDEN PANEL VAN

“I BOUGHT my EH from a local wrecking yard in Dalby. The then-owner was a Holden nut and couldn’t bring himself to break it up, so when I told him I’d be keen to restore it, he dropped the price and all of a sudden I was the proud owner of a van. I filled in the side windows, fixed the usual rust, did a custom EJ bonnet (which I copied off Telfo’s EJ!) and painted it a factory Holden commercial colour. The engine got a degrease and a fresh coat of red and I added disc brakes up front. Evan’s Trim Shop in Toowoomba did a great budget trim job as I didn’t want anything too flashy. My aim was to build a periodstyle service/business van that you would have seen everywhere in the 60s, so I tracked down an old family friend, Peter Caporn, to do the signwork for it.

The only brief I gave him was that my business name had to be on it and that it had to look like a car from the 60s. I couldn’t be happier with the result. Some whitewall-clad HG Kingswood rims with bullet caps and nuts completed the look.

The next owner will be my son; he’s a few years off owning yet but he’s already laid claim to it. Start ’em young, I say!”

Pics: Rick Welch