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Feature Car: Ryan Pearson’s Holden HT Premier


18 Aug

Ryan Pearson’s Holden Premier – aka HOLDON – is a legend on the Aussie burnout scene. Formerly dressed in a sinister black suit, Ryan recently did a ground-up rebuild on the car after torching the rear half of the car in competition.
Now wearing a luminous DNA Emerald Green metallic, the Premier looks part show car, part skid monster with the large rear tubs housing a set of 20x12in billets (not used in competition, as you could imagine) and that big blower hat sticking through the bonnet.
The blower hat connects to a 1360hp dry-sumped, 377ci small-block and 8/71 supercharger. It sounds mental sitting at 9000rpm while cutting hoops, but Ryan says he’s even pushed the engine to 10,300rpm previously without issue!
My photo shoot on Ryan Pearson’s Holden Premier was featured in the August 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Ryan Pearson's HT Holden HOLDON
Ryan Pearson's HT Holden HOLDON
Ryan Pearson's HT Holden HOLDON
Ryan Pearson's HT Holden HOLDON

Feature Car: Manuel Thomason’s Ford XP Falcon


09 Aug

Sweet street cars don’t come much nicer than Manuel Thomason’s Ford XP Falcon. It’s an old-school build: no late-model alloy V8s and no turbos or modern blowers. Instead, what you get is a tunnel ram and twin carbs through the bonnet, ‘small’ 17in alloy rims and about 500hp from its 347ci V8. Plenty enough for any street cruiser.
Best of all, almost the entire build on Manuel Thomason’s Ford XP Falcon was done in the shed you see here by Manuel and his mate Wazza. My photo shoot and feature story on the build was featured in the July 2021 issue of Street Machine magazine.

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Manuel Thomason's Ford XP Falcon
Manuel Thomason's Ford XP Falcon
Manuel Thomason's Ford XP Falcon

Feature Car: Glenn Smith’s 1979 Ford F100


20 Jul

Classic trucks are huge in Australia right now. Last time I asked Graeme at Down Town Kustoms what his forward bookings looked like for the next couple of years, he said it was all trucks! Ryan over at United Speed Shop says it’s a similar story for him.
They’re coming in all sorts of styles, too. I’ve photographed some absolute show-stopping stunners over the last few years, as well as some examples with more patina for that ‘get in and drive’ feel.
Glenn Smith’s awesome 1979 Ford F100 falls into the latter category. However, that rough and ready aesthetic is only skin deep: peer under the snake-belly-low sill panels and you’ll find that this ’79 F-truck is hiding a whole lot under that old paintwork.
Down Town Kustoms computer designed and built an entirely new chassis for Glenn Smith’s 1979 blown Ford F100, as well as airbag suspension and floor pan. It’s literally more ‘new car’ than classic and is based around a 315kW Aussie Ford Miami supercharged, quad-cam V8.
My photo shoot (which coincidentally took place the same day as my shoot of Peter Sharp’s mind-blowing HQ Monaro on the cover of the same issue) appeared in the July 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Glenn Smith's 1979 Ford F100
Glenn Smith's 1979 Ford F100
Glenn Smith's 1979 Ford F100
Glenn Smith's 1979 Ford F100

Feature Car: Nick Knight’s 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood


29 Jun

I took a nice scenic drive down south past Sydney a few months back to grab some images of Nick Knight’s ass-dragging 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood for Street Machine magazine.
It had taken the best part of a year to actually get the shoot done thanks in part to COVID and also just life in general. But I’m glad we waited, because by the time I got down there, Nick Knight’s 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood had ditched the small-block in favour of a 598ci Dart-based big-block thumper!
Its old-school aesthetic suits the car perfectly, with simple black interior, reverse-cowl scoop and gorgeous Chlorophyll Blue Green metallic paint.
The shoot appeared in the June 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Nick Knight's 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood
Nick Knight's 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood
Nick Knight's 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood

Feature Car: Chad Ribbons’ 1965 Holden HD Ute


24 Jun

Chad Ribbons’ 1965 Holden HD Ute was built as a tribute to his late father. Boasting a custom ‘toilet wall’ green finish and sitting on its belly thanks to a Slam Specialties airbag system, Chad Ribbons’ 1965 Holden HD Ute is packed with ‘cool’ and garners plenty of attention wherever it goes.
The ute runs a built 202ci Holden six with a set of triple SU carbs, backed by a Trimatic and Volvo diff’ housing with 3.7:1 gears. Rolling low on the raked 17- and 19in billet rims, it looks fantastic.
My photo shoot on the car was featured in the June 2021 issue of Street Machine magazine.

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Chad Ribbons' 1965 Holden HD Ute
Chad Ribbons' 1965 Holden HD Ute
Chad Ribbons' 1965 Holden HD Ute

Feature Car: Phil Kerjean’s Holden VC Commodore


21 Jun

Phil Kerjean’s Holden VC Commodore wagon is perhaps one of the country’s most recognisable custom cars. There has been a handful of instances where I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to photograph the same car on more than one occasion. To be honest, I think most auto shooters like me would give up their first born to have the chance at photographing a car as iconic as Phil Kerjean’s VC (yes, it’s a VC) Commodore wagon skid car.
I shot it about six years ago in his workshop/shed for the cover of Street Commodores (see it HERE).
I recently got asked to shoot it again for Street Machine magazine and the images appeared in its June 2021 issue. Despite a few touch-ups, which are par for the course for a skid car, the wagon is still looking great!

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Phil Kerjean's Holden VC Commodore
Phil Kerjean's Holden VC Commodore
Phil Kerjean's Holden VC Commodore

Feature Car: Charlton Sherry’s 1956 Chevrolet BelAir


02 Jun

Charlton Sherry’s 1956 Chevrolet BelAir perfectly mixes the classic with the modern. outside, it looks like a perfectly restored ’56 Chev rolling low on some large-diameter billets. But under the surface, Charlton has thoroughly updated the car. it’s powered by a 6L L98-based LS, topped with a Magnuson 1900 supercharger. It boasts air-con and a stereo, too.
A body guy by trade, the pearl black paint on Charlton Sherry’s 1956 Chevrolet BelAir is mirror smooth and with a set of steelies with wide whites waiting in the garage, it can look perfectly old-school, as well.
The photo shoot was featured in the May 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Charlton Sherry's 1956 Chevrolet BelAir
Charlton Sherry's 1956 Chevrolet BelAir
Charlton Sherry's 1956 Chevrolet BelAir
Charlton Sherry's 1956 Chevrolet BelAir

Feature Car: Tony Moit’s 1976 Datsun 260Z


07 May

While the name of Moits has historically been synonymous with high profile drag racing, the family name also has a rich history when it comes to performance street cars. I photographed Michael Moit’s killer twin-turbo Ford Cortina for the front cover of Street Machine late in 2020 (see it HERE) and recently I travelled back to the Moits Racing workshop to photograph Tony Moit’s 1976 Datsun 260Z.
Both cars have a long history in the family and the scene. This 260z even spent some time acting as the pizza delivery car in the TV show Fat Pizza.
Having recently undergone an extensive restoration and update, the 260z now slays with fresh Sting Red paint, a fresh EFI-controlled 347ci Windsor V8, fresh OE-style interior retrim and those gorgeous Watanabe eight-spoke 17in rims.
The shoot on Tony Moit’s 1976 Datsun 260Z was featured in the April 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Tony Moit's 1976 Datsun 260Z
Tony Moit's 1976 Datsun 260Z
Tony Moit's 1976 Datsun 260Z

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

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