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The Australian Street Machine Nationals was recently held at Sydney Dragway and was one of the best with a full program of racing, burnouts, show and shine and much, much more.

To gain a better understanding of Australia’s brand of Street Machining lets start with a bit of history. The inaugural Street Machine Nationals was held in 1975 at Griffith in central New South Wales. While the scene in Australia was nowhere near the size of America, the energy and quality of the cars made up for it. The event turned professional in 1986 when a number of state-run Street Machine Associations got together to run the Australian Street Machine Nationals in Canberra over Easter. Fast forward another eleven years and with a huge surge in the import scene the event lost its way and then last year promoter, Paul Beck picked it up again.

While the American car industry was basically built around the V8 engine, in Australia it was the straight six with the two largest manufacturers, Ford and General Motors (Holden) mainly selling their bread and butter models with a six cylinder engine. Similarly the most popular models for these manufactures were based around the Ford Falcon and GM’s Holden sedans. The latter built their own version in 1948 based on pre-war American plans for a mid-sized Chevy. While this was ruled unsuitable for the US market it did go ahead down here and the FX model Holden was born.

Following the FX in 1953 was the FJ model and as can be seen here this is one special version. It is actually owned by the event promoter, Paul Beck with this car being a wedding anniversary gift to his wife Kathy. Finished in Champagne Celebration and Not Quite White Pearl paint the car is powered by an electronic fuel injected 202 Holden six with Powerglide and a Chev 10-bolt rear end out the back. A very sweet ride.

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