“Reading Chic’s book really is like listening to him tell jokes and stories about anything he found funny; especially good jokes. I’ve known him through drag racing and hot rodding and when he dropped into my Snappy Snacks café for a rave whilst test driving funeral cars. Seriously, I didn’t realize he’d achieved so much and the memory of his life as a kid is amazing. It’s all in the 454 big block book. Unreal.”

John “”Stomper” Winterburn


I first met Chic Henry at Surfers Paradise Raceway in 1975. I was there taking photos and Chic was an official at the track and the rest is now history. Our lives were to continually cross at the drags, hot rod shows and street machine events as I became a drag racing photo journalist and Chic promoted events and started the Summernats.

I attended the first Summernats in 1988 and in 2009 wrote a book called “The History of the Summernats”. It was while researching this book that I learned of Chic’s early life in Tasmania and his life in the Army.

Late last year (2016) Chic rang me and said he had written his autobiography and wanted me to cast my eye over it. At the East Coast Thunder race at Sydney Dragway Chic handed over two large ring binders that were bursting at the seams. “Here ya go mate – tell me what you think”, he said as he handed me the draft of “I Remember One Time”.

That night I just had a peek at the first page and I was simply hooked. Basically from then on every waking moment over the next week was taken up reading one of the funniest books I’ve ever seen. Mid century kids like us were used to freedom that is so hard to find now. You had your breakfast and then played all day with your mates, you come home at sunset and you had the time of your life.  Some of the recollections that Chic has written about are just piss funny and it is amazing that he actually lived through school to be honest with you.

“I Remember One Time” took me back to my own childhood and while I won’t take you through a blow by blow description of the book suffice to say even if you aren’t into cars this is a wonderful yarn written in a down to earth way by a bloke who has a tremendous life in the performance car arena. Go out and order it now.

Jon Van Daal

Journalist, motorsport photographer, author.


“- – – one thing I’m particularly excited about is getting my hands on Chic Henry’s autobiography and he’s lived a 1000 lifetimes in one. I’ve always enjoyed his tales of the early years of street machining  and drag racing in the 70’s, so it should be a cracking read”.

Simon “Telfo” Telford.

Street Machine Editor

(From the Street Machine Editorial page July 2017)