Archive for the ‘Feature Cars’ Category

Feature Car: Muss’ 1977 Holden LX SS Torana


19 Feb

Muss’ pristine 1977 Holden LX SS Torana hatch may just be the perfect mix of classic Aussie muscle and cutting edge horsepower. With the classic lines of the A9X hatch, complete with blackouts and flares, the two-door boasts a 600rwhp, Magnuson-blown L98 6L under the reverse-cowl hood – including fly-by-wire.
The Holden LX SS Torana was featured in the January issue of Street Machine.

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Muss' 1977 Holden LX SS Torana
Muss' 1977 Holden LX SS Torana
Muss' 1977 Holden LX SS Torana

Feature Car: Jovan Batar’s 1984 XE Ford Falcon


11 Feb

There’s now doubting that 1980s Ford Falcons are booming in popularity right now. I must have photographed four or five in the last couple of years that have all been stand-out quality and Jovan Batar’s 1984 XE Ford Falcon is no exception.
Boasting a 369ci Dart-based stroker, flawless Galaxy Grey metallic paint and a period-looking interior treatment, it’s all top notch stuff for Jovan Batar’s Ford Falcon. But it’s the attention to detail that really makes it shine.
The crazy thing is, that Jovan wasn’t even intending to build the Falcon to anywhere near the level that he has, because he’s already building an elite-level 1965 XP Falcon coupe!
The car was featured in the January issue of Street Machine.

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Jovan Batar's 1984 XE Ford Falcon
Jovan Batar's 1984 XE Ford Falcon
Jovan Batar's 1984 XE Ford Falcon

Front Cover: Pro Flo Performance Torana for Street Machine


31 Jan

See more of the incredible ProFlo Performance 940ci Holden Torana coupe that I photographed in the new issue of Street Machine, which is on sale now!

Street Machine, February 2020

Feature Car: Mark Cirillo’s 1974 Holden LJ Torana


31 Dec

Mark Cirillo’s 1974 Holden LJ Torana was living in his dreams for almost 20 years before he got the chance to actually own it. Now that it’s his, Mark has restored the LJ Torana coupe – transforming it into his perfect aussie muscle vision, including a tough 355ci Holden stroker and Ford 9in rear end.

Incredibly, Mark was able to preserve the car’s decades-old paintwork and the use of the Mawer three-piece 13in rims just adds to to the retro appeal. Step inside Mark Cirillo’s 1974 Holden LJ Torana and the vintage theme continues thanks to the largely GTR-spec’ upholstery.

The car was featured in the November issue of Street Machine magazine.

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Mark Cirillo's 1974 Holden LJ Torana
Mark Cirillo's 1974 Holden LJ Torana
Mark Cirillo's 1974 Holden LJ Torana

Feature Car: Paul Knowles’ Holden VK Commodore


19 Dec

I photographed Paul Knowles’ Holden VK Commodore years ago for Street Commodores when it was blue-over-silver and powered by a hot Holden V8. Several years later and the car has been fully rebuilt thanks to a horror smash.

Now resplendent in full white paint with contrasting black Simmons FR rims, the car looks totally on-trend. The old cream interior has been replaced with an all-black leather and suede affair to match the Simmons and the Warspeed 403ci L98-based stroker. Where most opt for a blower or turbos these days, Paul Knowles’ Holden VK Commodore is all motor, but looks the business with that tunnel ram poking through the bonnet, topped by a pair of 750cfm Holley carbs.

Out back, a braced, sheet-metal 9in houses 35-spline axles and 4.11:1 gears which should cope with any punishment Paul dishes out onto those poor FR20s and Pirelli P-Zero tyres. The car was featured in the November 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Paul Knowles' Holden VK Commodore
Paul Knowles' Holden VK Commodore
Paul Knowles' Holden VK Commodore

Feature Car: Lexus Aplin’s 2013 Volkswagen Beetle


17 Dec

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a number of Volkswagen Beetles over the years, but never one of the new generation. So I was pretty excited when I saw Lexus Aplin’s 2013 Volkswagen Beetle sitting with its belly on the ground at the 2019 VW Nationals. A call to Craig at VWMA secured the car a feature story and we got to work arranging a photo shoot.
With an extensive Maxton body kit, Airlift 3P Performance Suspension kit and TSW Sebring wheels, Lexus Aplin’s 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is completely transformed from the tired stocker it was when Lexus found the car. Inside, a Sirocco R interior makes things far more sporty and the whole car gets more oopmh thanks to a Stage 1 APR tune and intake upgrade that nets the car around 30kW extra power. Further improvements come from a custom 2.5in cat-back exhaust.
My photos were features in issue 64 of VW Magazine Australia.

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Lexus Aplin's 2013 Volkswagen Beetle
Lexus Aplin's 2013 Volkswagen Beetle
Lexus Aplin's 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Feature Car: Tim Saliba’s Holden VP Commodore


06 Dec

Tim Saliba’s Holden VP Commodore was featured in the October issue of Street Machine. I’d shot the car once before for another magazine, but Tim has since made some further improvements, both to the parts list but also driveability improvements. The airbagged, 393ci Holden V8-powered sedan looks sweet in its HSV Senator body kit and riding super low on the Simmons FR19s. Inside, it’s all covered… in shale-coloured leather, that is. Dash, door trims, Recaro seats, centre console – everything is drenched in leather. Even the boot install that also boasts a pair of 12in subs is leather-clad. Tim Saliba’s Holden Commodore is one gorgeous machine!

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Tim Saliba's Holden VP Commodore
Tim Saliba's Holden VP Commodore
Tim Saliba's Holden VP Commodore

Feature Car: Shadi Tobaji’s Ford TC Cortina


26 Nov

There’s no doubting that a Ford TC Cortina is one of the more unusual choices for a street machine. But when you build one as clean and tough as Shadi Tobaji’s 443ci Dart Windsor-powered sedan, you can’t argue with the validity of his choice! Making a solid 889hp on C85 ethanol-based fuel, this 8sec machine can get the front wheels high into the air if Shadi forgets to fit the wheelie bars!

Shadi’s Ford Cortina was featured in the October 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Shadi Tobaji's Ford TC Cortina
Shadi Tobaji's Ford TC Cortina
Shadi Tobaji's Ford TC Cortina

Feature Car: Tomi Vatavuk’s 1974 Ford XB Falcon


20 Nov

If there’s a nicer XB Ford Falcon out there, I certainly haven’t photographed it! I got to photograph Tomi’s incredible ‘SOKOL’ Falcon sedan for the October issue of Street Machine. Perhaps the best thing about the XB – which includes a custom rear splitter/air dam, smoothed engine bay and plethora of custom billet and carbon fibre pieces – is that Tomi was able to do a lot of the build himself!

On top of being able to hang out with such a nice car, and a nice owner (who also happened to play guitar and like heavy music!), was being able to shoot the car in such a clean workshop. I personally have never seen such a clean work space. Especially given that besides handling custom work, it also serves as a regular servicing workshop. Look at that floor!

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Tomi Vatavuk's 1974 Ford XB Falcon
Tomi Vatavuk's 1974 Ford XB Falcon
Tomi Vatavuk's 1974 Ford XB Falcon

Cover Car: Joe Tyler’s 1964 EH Holden Wagon


29 Oct

I was presented with a fresh challenge for this photo shoot on Joe Tyler’s – one that I’d been meaning to do more of for years: car-to-car tracking shots. The brief was to capture the balls-out, blown 416ci LS3-powered ’64 wagon on the street for the front cover of Street Machine. A ton of research on locations, technique and a borrowed lens with image stabilisation later and this is the result. The car appeared on the front of the October 2019 issue.

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Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon
Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon
Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon