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Since Street Machine was founded in 1981, we've featured over 1500 customised Holdens from the very first 1948 FX to the final VFII Commodore.

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427ci twin-turbo VL: WALKE

First-time drag racer Trent Blainey runs eights on debut in his wild, 1800hp Walkinshaw replica

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1000hp Harrop-blown 440ci VL Calais

Nick Samuel threw lashings of gorgeous Candy Raspberry paint and 1000hp of blown LS grunt at his genuine VL Calais. This is the result

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1TUFGM: RB30-powered LC Torana

A classic mid-sized Aussie muscle car stuffed full of stove-hot Japanese six-pot is a sure-fire recipe for a good time

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Turbo 202-powered LC GTR Torana

Jeremy Cullen's GTR Torana has had a turboed 202 for over 20 years, but now it's been dragged into the 21st century

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Young gun Zach Gallahar's VK Calais

16-year-old Zach Gallahar blew minds at Summernats 35 with his powerhouse VK Calais

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The badness: Greg Eslick's HQ Monaro

With an LS3 up front, Greg Eslick's black-as-night HQ coupe is a Summernats Top 60 stunner built for the street

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Peter Fitzpatrick's Broomstick HK Brougham - flashback

Looking back on the multiple Summernats Grand Champion award winner's first iconic build

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1100rwhp VE Commodore SS-V wagon

Glenn-john Tronc’s 1100hp VE street demon is HIS idea of the ultimate show-and-go wagon

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Blown LSX-powered HK GTS Monaro

A perfect finish and blown LSX376 grunt define Tim Martenstyn’s ultimate HK GTS

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Billy Shelton's SICKEST VL cracks the sevens

Billy Shelton's VL Commodore is a show and go champion once more

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Phil Rillotta's Pro Street Holden LC Torana flashback

We throw back to Phil Rillotta’s legendary Pro Street 1 LC Torana

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Drag Challenge

Stealth Mode: VR Commodore is not what it seems

Think this VR Commodore is rocking a good ol' five-o Holden donk? Think again...

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Jake Willis's 6/71-blown, Chev six-powered EH

Jake's got 10-second dreams for his killer patina'd wagon

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Badge of Honour: The history of hot Holdens with bowties

Simon schools some young ’uns about a time when running a Chev badge on your Holden didn’t necessarily make you a wanker

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The wild times of Greg Trapnell's AGROHQ

Greg Trapnell’s wild Drag Week conquering Holden HQ Monaro

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Holden HZ panel van in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Brock Clayton's awesome HZ panel van combines new-school grunt with old school custom vanning style

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Holden HJ One Tonner in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Blake Attard brings old-school steeze to the YSMOTY stage

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Craig Taylor's Harrop-blown HSV VZ Clubsport

Craig Taylor has owned his R8 Clubsport for 10 years and after some custom mods, debuted his dream car at last year's Autofest in New Zealand

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Drag Challenge

Turbo V6-powered VB Commodore cracks the eight-second zone

Josh Grant’s Drag Challenge-proven VB Commodore proves Ecotec V6s are no joke

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Show 'N' Shine

1FATHR: wild custom HR Holden ute ready for MotorEx

Craig McKenzie's take on the former Ditch Jones ute just keeps getting better

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Carolyn Hayes's 275NOS LH Torana

Carolyn Hayes sets out to build an eight-second Drag Challenge car and ends up with a Summernats Top 20 showstopper

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Taylah Louise's Holden 355-powered VK Commodore

We caught up with Taylah Louise and her plastic-powered VK Commodore at Summernats 35

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Mark Bartyn's 434-cube Holden HK Kingswood

Over seven years, young gun Mark Bartyn transfomed his HK Kingswood from relic to riot

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Holdens of Milwaukee Young Street Machine of the Year 2023

A sample of some of the awesome submissions from the lion pride for our 2023 Milwaukee Young Street Machine of the Year

About Custom Holdens

Since Street Machine was founded in 1981, we've featured over 1500 customised Holdens from the very first 1948 FX to the final VFII Commodore.

These include some of the most iconic builds in history, starting with pioneering cars like John Zeigler's HJ ute and the infamous Invader 2001 panel van, through to game-changers such as Rex Webster's FJ and Ron Barclay's HQ ute.

We also always kept track of the fastest Holden street cars throughout the ages, from the early days of Geoff Paton's King Rat A9X, through to modern-day legends such as Quentin Feast's multiple Drag Challenge-winning Torana.

And while Holden has stopped making new cars, car builders from Australia, New Zealand and beyond keep finding new ways to modify them - and we'll do our best to bring you the latest and greatest examples each year.