The highpoint of the Australian Street Machine Federation (ASMF) came with the publishing of the 1988/1989 rulebook in the December 1988 issue of Street & Custom magazine. Below is the scanned image from the short history section of the rule book.
Everything was about to change with the ASMF, the magazine industry and the Street Machining movement. Chic Henry had already run the first Summernats in 1987 and the editor of Street & Custom a few issues later was to forewarn of this threat to the competing ASMF-sanctioned national event the Street Machine Nationals. After this point the spectacular synergy of Summernats/Street Machine Magazine would transform the Street Machining movement, and lead to the demise of the national club infrastructure and competing magazines. The editor of Street & Custom got the boot shortly after this issue and he started up his own (copy cat) publication called Super Street.
HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN STREETMACHINE FEDERATION
Over the Easter weekend of 1975 in Griffith N.S.W., the first STREET MACHINE NATIONALS were held, hosted by the 55-6-7 Chev Club of N.S.W.. Although this was a very casual weekend, it was due to the success of this 1 st Nationals that it should become an ongoing event. Consequently, at Easter 1976 the 55-6-7 Chev Club of N.S.W. once again hosted the 2nd Nationals, again at Griffith. The interest generated within Victoria from these Nationals led to a meeting of interested parties at the residence of Ian Cooper, which in turn led to a newspaper advertisement being placed asking for modified car enthusiasts to help pioneer the formation of a body catering for modified cars in Victoria. With the first off[i]cial meeting of the V.S.M.A., the foundations for Australia’s first Street Machine Association were laid. Following meetings saw the development of the Association guidelines, and the aims for the sport, along with a formal Constitution being imÂplemented.
The first V.S.M.A. run took place with the venue being Bundoora Park, at this run vehicles were scrutineered [sic], and trophies were presented during the day. With Ian Coopers involvement in the A.N.D.R.A. and his being unable to devote the necessary time to Street Machining, Dave Ryan stepped in as Chairperson. As interest and support for the V.S.M.A, materiÂalised, Dave along with Alan Hale and Rick Martin began forming the basis for the 3rd. Street Machine Nationals (1978) to be held at Shepparton (VIC). Despite adverse weather, the Nationals were a resounding success with the continuing growth of the sport instigating similar Street Machine Association bodies within other States. This could be seen in the organisation of the 4th Nationals (1980) at Narranderra, N.S.W.. These Nationals were once again led by Dave Ryan with the help of Chic Henry from Old. and Rowan Wilson from N.S.W.. This interaction of the various State Bodies generated discussion for the establishment of an Australia wide Street Machine Body.
The gradual planning towards this body (to be known as THE AUSTRALIAN STREET MACHINE FEDERATION) led to the organising of the 5th, Nationals at Canberra, A.C.T. (1982), being run by the four State Street Machine Associations. This was the christening of the A.S.M.F., with Chic Henry being the first Director. Although the States could see the benefits of joining together as a National Body, the Director had a mountanous [sic] task before him as each State Association wanted to keep their own individual identities. The 6th Nationals (1984) were fast approaching and the organising of the event was to be a combined effort of the five State Associations, using the name AUSTRALIAN STREET MACHINE FEDERATION Inc. up front (OLD. N.S.W. A.C.T. S.A. VIC)
For these Nationals, after a tight decision, it was decided that a professional Promoter would be used to promote this premier event. In March 1984 some dramatic changes took place within the A.S.M.F. Inc. and Jim Wolf was appointed the new National Director and Chic Henry was appointed as Special Events Director. The A.S.M.F. Inc. then raised STREET MACHINE NATIONALS PTY. LTD., this company would become the ‘professional arm’ to promote the STREET MACHINE NATIONALS in the future. The 6th Nationals (1984) were held and again proved to be a huge success. It showed that the Street Machine movement was advancing at a rapid pace. It was not until July 1984 that all state Associations finally came together under the National banner. What was once only a futuristic dream finally became reality and the AUSTRALIAN STREET MACHINE FEDERATION Inc. was born.
The 7th Nationals were once again held in Canberra (1986), for this event a professional Promoter was employed. Once again this event was a success with over 1300 Entrants. In July 1986 the then current National Director, Jim Wolf resigned. At the following A.G.M (Aug ’86), Ray Arrowsmith the then OLD State Director was elected to the National Directors’ position. With the need for the A.S.M. F Inc. to become self reliant, a decision was made to promote the 8th Nationals and all State Show’n’Shines using our own resources, therefore the 8th Nationals was promoted, BY STREET MACHINERS FOR STREET MACHINERS.