Cover Car: Dean Rickard’s 1969 Holden HT Monaro

03 Mar

Car owners often ask me the same question when I’m shooting their own cars: “What is the best car you’ve ever photographed?”
It’s a ridiculously hard question to answer definitively. The best how? Best engine bay, best paint, best stance, best trim, best race car, best ‘cool’ factor, best… you get the idea. A lot of cars have been amazing for different reasons.
perhaps that was until I got tasked with photographing the latest creation from Down Town Kustoms in Taree, NSW. Dean Rickard’s 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS is off-the-charts in just about every regard. The bodywork still numbs my brain to this day; the interior is somehow understated, elegant and show-conquering all at the same time; the engine bay is to die for despite there being no blower or turbos in sight and the undercarriage is a work of art, even though it isn’t all glossy or chromed.
If you can find one, pick up a copy of the January 2021 issue of Street Machine to read the whole incredible story.

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Dean Rickard's 1969 HT Holden Monaro GTS
Dean Rickard's 1969 HT Holden Monaro GTS
Dean Rickard's 1969 HT Holden Monaro GTS
Dean Rickard's 1969 HT Holden Monaro GTS

Feature Car: John Dennis’ 1973 Ford Escort

22 Feb

John Dennis’ 1973 Ford Escort is a genre-busting example of what can happen when you forget about current trends and build from your gut. powered by an old-school FJ20T and slammed on its arse, the Esky is making 260rwhp on a run-in tune (25psi planned on E85) and boasts a host of awesome engineering ideas.
Mini tubs (allowing 17x10in Foregline rims under the bum), pumped guards and a Spartan interior almost devoid of soft furnishings makes this one early small-Ford to remember! The shoot was featured in the January 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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John Dennis' 1973 Ford Escort
John Dennis' 1973 Ford Escort
John Dennis' 1973 Ford Escort

Feature Car: Steve Sterjovski’s Holden VL Calais

18 Feb

Steve Sterjovski’s Holden VL Calais wears license plates that pretty much sum up the entire build. From the insane butt-dragging stance and the nutso 22x13in Simmons FR rims to the monster 3.2L RB26-based turbo six that makes some 1000rwhp thanks in part to the massive 94mm Pro Mod turbo – this VL means ‘war’.
Things don’t settle down once you open the door and get in, either. Step inside and you’ll find a cabin drenched in bone leather, complete with cage, custom fibreglass dash and so much more.
The photo shoot was featured in the 2020 Street Machine Yearbook.

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ITSWAR VL Calais
ITSWAR VL Calais
ITSWAR VL Calais

Cover Car: Michael Moit’s Ford TD Cortina

05 Feb

I recently got to photograph a bit of a legend on the Sydney car scene from over the last 30 years. Michael Moit’s Ford TD Cortina used to terrorise drag strips like Oran Park where the car would wheelstand thanks to its hi-po Clevo and Windsor V8s – the latter of which took the car to a best of 8.4sec @ 155mph.
It recently scored a new lease on life with a makeover and a twin-turbo conversion for the original Clevo-headed Windsor. Making 850hp, this combo is incredibly considered the test mule before building a more serious bottom end down the track.
The shoot was featured on the cover of the 2020 Street Machine Yearbook.

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Michael Moit's Ford TD Cortina
Michael Moit's Ford TD Cortina
Michael Moit's Ford TD Cortina

Feature Car: Mendo’s Holden LX Torana

15 Jan

In storage out west for some 20 years, Mendo’s barn-find Holden LX Torana mixes modern mumbo with classic styling for the perfect street car recipe.
Powered by a 454ci LSX-based V8 and backed by a T400 and 9in, the Contessa Gold sedan sits nice and low thanks to a set of mini tubs.
The car was featured in the Street Machine 2020 Yearbook.

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Mendo's Holden LX Torana
Mendo's Holden LX Torana
Mendo's Holden LX Torana

Cover Car: Image Conversion’s 1964 Ford XM Falcon

04 Jan

My photo shoot on the Image Conversions’ Ford Falcon appeared on the cover of the December 2020 issue of Street Machine magazine!
Powered by a 1000hp Barra turbocharged straight six, the ’64 vintage sedan is full of high-tech mechanicals and interior components – right down to the one-off custom 3D-printed LED tail light assemblies.

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Image Conversions' 1964 Ford XM Falcon
Image Conversions' 1964 Ford XM Falcon
Image Conversions' 1964 Ford XM Falcon
Image Conversions' 1964 Ford XM Falcon

Feature Car: Sammy’s 1956 Volkswagen Single-Cab Kombi

08 Dec

Believe it or not, this way-cool rusted and bent ’56 Volkswagen Single-Cab Kombi belongs to an 11-year-old boy! Sam and his dad pulled the raw carcass of this machine from a field out in the country and proceeded to bring it back to life, including a lot of rust repairs, a fresh 1641cc engine and that unique interior made up of patina’d signage.
My shoot was featured in issue 67 of VW Magazine Australia.

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Sammy's 1956 Volkswagen Single-Cab Kombi
Sammy's 1956 Volkswagen Single-Cab Kombi
Sammy's 1956 Volkswagen Single-Cab Kombi
Sammy's 1956 Volkswagen Single-Cab Kombi

Feature Car: David Galea’s 1970 Holden Monaro

06 Nov

Thanks to COVID-19 and having our first baby, 2020 has been a pretty slow year for photo shoots. However, I did get commissioned to shoot David Galea’s gorgeous and ballsy 1970 Holden Monaro for the October 2020 issue of Street Machine.
Boasting a Motown 400ci SBC, Powerglide and narrowed 9in rear end, the car is old-school, but not stuck in the past. Smooth and slammed, but not stock.

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David Galea's 1970 Holden Monaro
David Galea's 1970 Holden Monaro
David Galea's 1970 Holden Monaro

Cover Car: Image Conversions XM Falcon for Street Machine

05 Nov

Stoked to have had the opportunity to photograph the latest balltearer from the Image Conversions workshop for the front cover of the new issue of STREET MACHINE! Be sure to pick up a copy of it on newsstands around the country from today!And a huge congratulations to Aaron for taking out the big gong Street Machine of the Year! Awesome to see an ever-evolving, 100% street driven car win the award. Good voting everyone!

Street Machine - December 2020

2021 Automotive Calendars are GO!

28 Oct

I’ve been very quiet around here of late. For that I apologise, but I suppose it happens when you have your first kid and a global pandemic stops business almost in its tracks! I promise there is some new content coming very soon.

In shinier news, there’s a range of seven (count ’em, 7!) 2021 automotive calendars on sale nationwide now through Universal Media Company that are filled to the brim with photos from my archives! They include Holdens, Fords, Mustangs, Monaros, Toranas, American Muscle and Aussie Muscle and can be found in newsagencies everywhere. Go forth and buy!

2021 Automotive Calendars