Auction watch: Holden racing cars to go under the hammer

A large auction of mainly Holden vehicles is set to cross the auction block this weekend, of which five are former racing cars. As part of the catalogue, Burns & Co will be presenting the very first V8-powered Holden to ...

Holden VL Commodore - VILLIN

STOP PRESS: Trent’s VL ran a new PB of 7.67-seconds at 179mph at the Sydney Dragway Jamboree event, 22 May. Finishing third outright at Drag Challenge Weekend is no mean feat, but to do it at your first tilt at ...

Blown, injected big-block 1969 Holden HT Monaro streeter - PROHT

EARLY Holden Monaros fetch big bucks these days, so one that’s been modified to the extent of Peter Schimanski’s incredibly tough, pro street-style HT will surely have purists sobbing into their cups of Earl Grey. But the New Zealander has ...

468-cube 1976 Holden LX Torana hatch

FOR over half a century, the Holden Torana has captivated the hearts and minds of Aussie revheads like almost nothing else. And like many of his generation, Adam Nagy’s love affair with Holden’s gutsy little giant-killer can be traced back ...

Dave Guilfoyle's 1973 Holden HQ GTS Monaro - TUFGM8

SOME people know how to build a certain make and model of car, and Dave Guilfoyle is one of those blokes. His Whipple-blown, LS-swapped VL Calais and his wife Jodie’s LX hatch have both been stunners, along with a laundry ...

1000hp 1988 Holden VL Commodore BT1

AT EIGHTEEN years old, Huss Ayache cut his teeth on this VL Commodore BT1 turbo – and with a want for big power came a steep learning curve on how to get it. Now, another 18 years later, he has ...

Ray Heidrich's Holden VK Commodore

“MY VK pretty much started my interest in cars. My old man bought me this when I was 14 for $200. It was a bog-stock Executive SL with a 202 and Trimatic, completely original and clean. First published in the ...

Drag competitor Kylie Langley and her Holden street racers

KYLIE Langley and I first met at the Drag Racing Tri-Series competition around 10 years ago, where she was piloting hubby Paul’s tough HX sedan. It was clear that Kylie had petrol running through her veins, though her calm demeanour ...

Holden 355-powered 1970 HG ute streeter

IT TAKES a determined person to chase the project car snowball down the hill. You go in thinking you’re just repairing rust in the battery tray, which leads to a multi-year saga as the project is reconfigured into something far ...

Tim McEwan's big-block Holden HQ

WHEN we spotted Tim McEwan’s mean HQ terrorising its Super Street peers at the South Coast 660, we knew it was right up our alley. We tracked down the Portland local after the qualifying round to find out what makes his ...

Track-inspired Holden LC GTR Torana 'XU3'

This feature on Gerrard McCrostie’s Torana first appeared in the April 2021 issue of Street Machine. Gerrard passed away on 23 May. Our thoughts are with his family and we’re gald we were able to showcase his pride and joy. ...

800hp Holden VL Commodore SL turbo sleeper

CUTTING a walking lap of Roni Haddad’s VL Turbo SL, there’s nary a hint of the 800hp it has on tap. And that’s exactly how Roni intended it. After receiving a few too many defects for his old car, a ...

598-cube big-block Holden HQ Kingswood

WE ALL do it: scroll the ‘for sale’ section on social media, looking for our next project. Usually we’re just dreaming. Nick Knight took the next step. First published in the June 2021 issue of Street Machine “I was on ...

900rwhp blown LQ9-powered 1977 Holden LX Torana hatch

WHILE he already carries the keys to a blue, 700rwhp, turbo-LS1 Torana hatch (Street Machine LSX Tuner #7), Queensland’s Marc Palmer couldn’t shake the memories of his first car, a Mint Julep LX sedan. However, that four-door P-plate chariot was ...

Two-door EH Holden custom

NOTHING beats a well-turned-out, genre-busting ride, and Eddy Ramsbottom’s 1964 EH Holden thoroughly kills it. The EH is now a two-door sedan, and a well-executed one at that – a far cry from the sad and sorry state it was ...

Turbo LS3-powered 1976 Holden HJ ute

FOR Matthew Cerantola, his HJ ute is more than just a 765rwhp, nine-second turbo-LS monster. It’s a member of the family, the very car that seeded his love affair for four wheels when he was barely out of nappies. First ...

Jeff Briffa's Holden 355 stroker-powered VL Calais - flashback

WHEN Jeff Briffa’s radical VL Commodore exploded off the July/August 1999 cover of Street Machine, it was a revelation, demonstrating that it was possible to turn a late-model car into a head-turning showstopper. First published in the May 2021 issue ...

Anton Brown's Holden HQ ute

“I ALWAYS promised myself that if I was ever fortunate enough to put a street machine together, it would be in the vein of the cars from the glory days, drawing inspiration from such icons as Ron Barclay’s SMOTY HQ and ...

Richard Bell's custom EH Holden 'Nomad' - flashback

ROCK up to just about any US car show and you’ll find almost as many lead sleds and customs as you will hot rods, muscle cars and street machines. While Australia has had its fair share of stylish customs, we’re nowhere ...

Holden EH wagon ex-show car reborn

FEASTING my eyes on Tim Kress’s striking ’64 EH Holden wagon at the Adelaide Auto Expo earlier this year, I was intrigued by the mix of styles on what looked to be a fairly fresh build. Bubble windows; sunroof; flares ...

627hp 350ci Holden V8 combo - Mill of the Month

According to Damian Baker of BG Engines, the Iron Lion is still alive and kicking. “The Holden side of things is still extremely strong; at any given time we probably have six to 10 of them in the shop,” he ...

Readers' rockets: Buick Invicta, HX Holden ute, 1968 Camaro plus more

Dylan Welsh1959 Buick Invicta “HERE is my Buick Invicta coupe. I’ve airbagged the car with Slam Specialities ’bags and AccuAir e-Level, using hardline air lines. It has the Buick 401ci Nailhead V8 and Dynaflow trans. I love this car and ...

Phil Kerjean's blown Holden VC burnout wagon

PULL up a pew with burnout stalwart Phil Kerjean in his backyard bar, ‘The Smokin’ Roo’, and you quickly begin to realise that he and his VC Commodore wagon have a hell of a story to tell. And he’ll happily ...

598-cube big-block Holden HG Monaro GTS

FOR plenty of people, owning a Monaro is a lifelong goal, something they’ve dreamed of since they were kids. Perth’s Brad Durtanovich, on the other hand, was always more of a Torana guy: “My first car at 17 years old ...

Vinnie Pratico's 434-cube Holden HK Premier

TURBOS and LS engines may be the go in this new age of making horsepower, but it’s refreshing to see some people sticking to the old-school street machining recipe of big, carby-fed V8s sucking down pump fuel, ramping up on ...

Lonsdale Autoshop Pro Street EH Holden

ADELAIDE’s Lonsdale Autoshop has been pumping out killer builds for a few years now. Jason Riding is the main man on the spanners, and in recent years, he’s repowered Mick Cox’s AP6 Safari with late-model Hemi goodness and installed a Coyote ...

Stephen Booth's HR Holden Premier

This story was originally published in the October 2012 issue of Street Machine magazine MAKING the cut for the Street Machine Summernats Elite Top 60 means you own one of the most drool-worthy show cars on Australian soil. It’s the ...

Expression Session: EH Holden/El Camino concept

WHEN it comes to EH utes and panos, I can’t help but feel a little sad that they didn’t get the sexy rear end that EH sedans and wagons did. Sure, the guys at GM-H had their reasons for ...

Video: Six wheel HT Holden hearse and HK Brougham mourning coach

One man’s 20-year quest to ensure you take your final cruise in style This article on funeral cars was originally published in the November 2016 issue of Street Machine AS WELL as being a sad occasion, a funeral serves ...

Chopped HQ Holden: TOXICQ

LOU Ackovski’s double garage is, at first glance, typical of most you’ll find in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, but it’s anything but usual. There are a couple of sturdy workbenches, some big toolboxes and a pretty serious lathe. On one wall, ...

Old School HZ Holden ute - Grunta

THIS article on Shane Harvey’s GRUNTA HZ Holden ute was originally published in the March 2015 issue of Street Machine magazine. AFTER a five-year build, Shane Harvey’s mega-tough HZ ute, GRUNTA, stunned the crowd with its pin-sharp panels and traditional ...

Twin-turbo Holden V8-powered VH Commodore at Drag Challenge Weekend 2020

SHANE Baker’s 1982 VH Commodore sedan carries a couple of turbos on its Holden-based powerplant. On around 23psi of boost, it develops close to 1000hp, although Shane (who builds performance hardware at his business, Shane’s Bikes, Boats & Performance in ...

Holden HQ GTS Monaro ready for Drag Challenge Weekend 2020

STREET Machine photographer and all-round good guy Rick Welch has been around the Drag Challenge circus since its genesis, working as both a photographer and first aid officer at the first running of DC in 2014. “I really enjoyed doing ...

383ci Holden-powered LX Torana wins Tuff Mounts 235 Aspirated – Drag Challenge Weekend 2020

SURELY one of the classiest cars at Drag Challenge Weekend was Brodie Olsen’s LX Torana hatch. In fact, with its terrific paint and well-trimmed interior, it looked too good to be abused on the race track. “Yeah, a few people ...

Blown, turbo and nitrous-assisted HT Holden at Drag Challenge Weekend 2020

SIX-time ANDRA Champion Juan Kudnig brought a killer left-of-field combo to the Tuff Mounts 235 Blown class with his triple-charged HT Kingswood. “I have been racing these cars since the 1980s, so I know how to make them work,” Juan ...

Blown, injected HQ Holden at Drag Challenge Weekend 2020 – Video

TOOWOOMBA’S James Gardner snagged this HQ at a price he couldn’t refuse. Paying just $5000 for the car in 2019, the 25-year-old first gave the six-cylinder sedan a birthday in the form of a respray in factory white and a ...

LS3-powered 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS

TAKING an iconic Aussie classic car and enhancing it while simultaneously retaining the essence of its style is a Herculean task. It requires a balanced eye, plenty of grey matter, huge amounts of talent and drive, and a big pair ...

Results & Gallery from Holden Nationals 2021

WITH racing well and truly back and alive in Victoria, it was no surprise that the 2021 running of Tuff Mounts Holden Nationals was action packed, with PBs, close racing and carnage aplenty at Heathcote Park Raceway. Photos: Chris Thorogood ...

Graeme Miller's EH Holden van at Rockynats

As covers came off Graeme Miller’s epic new EH van at Rockynats, it’s hard to believe the week before its owner watched helplessly as its roof was crushed in. Bleary eyed and so tired he could hardly speak, the reigning ...

Steve Grima's turbo LS2-powered 1988 Holden VN Commodore

WHILE we’re used to seeing Sydney’s Steve Grima behind the wheel of his 02KRUZ turbo LS VK Calais, the Drag Challenge Dial Your Own veteran will be bringing a VN along to this year’s event. Packing an LS2 6.0-litre inflated ...

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