Rotary Refugees

I’ve collected the first three years or so (with a few exceptions) of one of the first non-V8-based mass-enthusiast magazines of the contemporary period of modified-car culture in Australia, Fast Fours and Rotaries. Here is one of the more interesting magazine covers: Rotary powered cars were understood by the largely anglo-Australian modified-car enthusiast circles as […]


I had not mentioned it before cause I didn’t want to jinx anything but I have just received (via courier) an entire Street Machine Magazine and Supercar Magazine collection bought on eBay. I have nearly every single Street Machine Magazine of the 1980s and almost all the Supercar Magazines, too. Supercar was a competitor to […]

Enthusiasm, Affect

The Very Best of Street Machine, Volume 1, was published in 1986 and represents a point of inflection in contemporary modified-car culture in Australia. It covered the last (7th, 1986) Street Machine Nationals before the rise of Summernats in 1987. It is the tipping point for the transformation of an amatuer activity into something else. […]