LES McVeigh, one of the co-founders of Rare Spares, passed away on 3 June. Les, along with John Rayner and David Ryan, took a business selling old Holden parts and turned it into a multi-million-dollar enterprise that now sells parts back to Australian car companies. Rare Spares was a key player at the birth of the street machine movement, supporting both SM and Summernats from the beginning. Les himself was an important and much-loved figure in the early Holden scene, including his work to found the Australian Early Holden Federation.


AS WELL as being the biggest horsepower party on the planet, Street Machine Summernats 30 is also one of Australia’s largest automotive trade shows, with over 150 businesses showing off their wares to an expected crowd well in excess of 100,000 eager petrolheads. Word from the ’Nats team is that there are only a small number of trade sites available and that anyone wanting to bring their business to the largest assembly of diehard street machiners in Oz needs to act fast. Contact the Summernats office on (02) 6241 8111 for more info.


SM PHOTOGRAPHER and all-round top bloke Chris Thorogood will have a display of his work at his year’s Meguiar’s MotorEx, 16-17 July at Melbourne Showgrounds. Chris will have some amazing metal prints of his work up for grabs and a bunch of other cool stuff to check out. Just look for his white ’59 Chev wagon and Damien Kemp’s Funderbolt gasser in the main hall.


THE September issue is upon us and that means it is time to kick off the Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year competition! Entries are also open for Street Machine Drag Challenge 2016. We’ve got a mega amount of entries this year, with some very tough cars and big names among them, so come back next month for the lowdown. We also visit Gazzanats Darwin, check out three historic panel vans, and yep, we’ll finally get to our $10K street machine yarn we’ve been promising you!

On sale 11 August.