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BUILT TO SKID: Warren Fleck’s VR Commodore Burnout Monster


12 Apr

Warren Fleck's Holden VR Commodore Ute

BUILT TO SKID

This sparkling VR ute has transformed from V6-powered first car to tyre-mashing LS-powered killer over 14 years and a lot of beers
Story and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Warren Fleck's Holden VR Commodore UteThis is 31-year-old Sydneysider Warren Fleck’s first car. Bought 14 years ago, it was what you might expect for a first car: pre-Ecotec V6, slush box, open-centre diff’ and nothing much to report home about. However, it wasn’t long before Warren got busy making it something brawnier – bolting on a Vortech blower. “I blew the motor up,” Warren says, succinctly, adding that “I had just started seeing my now-wife Shannan and I was showing off a bit… massive fail!”.

From here he performed a 5L V8 conversion, later swapping the ‘bunch ‘o’ bananas’ for a twin throttle manifold and a 100-shot of nitrous – finally converting to a carby setup. Still not satisfied with the level of performance, Warren got talking to fellow western sydney local Matt Sims about building a 333ci stroker motor, but Matt set Warren straight and pointed him in the direction of an LS conversion.

“He suggested it as a cheaper, easier alternative,” Warren says. “It was out with the 5L and in with the LS.”Warren Fleck's Holden VR Commodore Ute

Warren says the LS engine swap was one of the most enjoyable parts of the build process, watching it all come together on the weekends as he and his mates bolted it together. “My mate Matt Sultana did all the fab’ work,” he says. Indeed, most of the work on the VR has been done by Warren and his mates, with Warren handling plenty of the tasks himself – even some of the paintwork.

“Lots of hours went into sanding, bogging and sanding the Aero kit to get it as straight as possible,” he says. “If I were to do it again, I wouldn’t fit the kit. As a purpose-built burnout car, I don’t think fibreglass is going to hold up too well.”

Inside, the ute is a little more utilitarian than the two-tone, flaming Alpine white/HOK kandy blue combo you’ll find dripping over the exterior. But considering the amount of thick, noxious smoke and rubber chunks this machine will see into the future, a largely black trim is the best idea. Still, it does boast a pair of grippy Recaro seats, B&M shifter and Autometer gauges amongst its sea of black carpet, painted finishes and roof lining. Pop the glove box and you’ll find the MSD ignition controller, too. Despite the heavy work the ute has to do, the fact that Warren took the time to hide the fuses and wiring is certainly commendable.

Warren Fleck's Holden VR Commodore UteSadly Warren didn’t have the final tune dialled in on the day of the shoot, hence the lack of driving or skid shots here. However, you can bet we’ll bring you some photos of the ute in action as soon as we can. “I took it to Summernats in January and had a blast cruising around with my wife and two kids riding shotgun,” he says.

14 years into Warren and his VR’s relationship, the future looks bright and he still has plans for more development down the track. “I would love to go blown with it,” he says. “Maybe a 6/71 with a mechanical injection hat on top!” Let the tyre destruction begin!

Owner: Warren Fleck
Model: 1994 VR Commodore
Bodywork: VR Aero kit
Colour: Alpine white / HOK Cobalt kandy blue
Block: 2001 LS1
Engine Mods: Lunati double valve springs, decked heads, 2x K&N breathers, Lunati hydraulic roller cam’ (0.651in lift), Rollmaster double-row timing chain, Davies Craig thermo fan, alloy radiator, Quick Fuel 750cfm carb’, Edelbrock Super Victor single-plane manifold, MSD spark amp’ and ignition controller, hidden coil packs, hidden wiring, Barry Grant 220 fuel pump, Holley FPR, Aeroflow fuel filter, custom stainless fuel cell, dash-8 braided fuel lines
Power: Untested (final tune not yet done)
Exhaust: Custom 4-into-1 headers, 3in system dumped at door length, no mufflers
Gearbox: T400, B&M 3500rpm stall, manualised valve body
Diff: 3.91:1 final drive, mini spool, narrowed housing
Brakes: Stock front, deleted rear
Suspension: King springs, Monroe shocks and struts, VL manual steering rack, mini tubs
Wheels/Tyres: 20in DTM rims (8.5in front, 10in rear)
Interior: Recaro seats, black carpets and roof lining, painted lower dash, trimmed instrument fascia and centre console, B&M shifter, rocker switches, Autotecnica steering wheel, Autometer gauges
Stereo: Pioneer head unit, Pioneer speakers
Build time: Ongoing
Cost: Undisclosed
Contacts: White Magic, Lowe Fabrications, Azzfab, “My wife Shannan for keeping me and my mates fed while working on the car, mum and dad for letting me leave the car in their shed, Matthew Sultana, Matt Pisani, Dave Pendlebury, Troy Bates, Nathan Magri, Jason Sutton, Matt Sims, Johnny”

Feature Bike: Paul Bailey’s 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute


08 Jan

Paul Bailey has built a lot of bikes, but this one is particularly special as it pays tribute to the Harley Davidson Knucklehead that set a world land speed record in 1937 that stood for 11 years at 136.183mph on Daytona Beach.
This bike uses a 1939 frame with an S&S Knuckle engine powering it. Pretty, ain’t she!? It was featured in issue 155 of Heavy Duty.

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Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

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22 Nov

Just a little something I strung together with my favourite shots of last year.

Feature Car: KNG57L VZ Holden Commodore SS


11 Sep

I had the pleasure of spending a few hours in the Russo Performance workshop some months ago, committing three of their recent Commodores to ones and zeros for Street Machine magazine’s LSX Tuner special issue. This one, a VZ Holden Commodore SS, makes over 1050hp at the treads thanks to a massive 88mm BW turbo.

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KNG57L VZ Holden Commodore

KNG57L VZ Holden Commodore     KNG57L VZ Holden Commodore

Feature Bike: Jimmy Alameddin’s Harley Davidson Nightrod Special


04 Aug

My photo shoot on Jimmy Alameddin’s blacked-out gold carbon and air-bagged 2015 Nightrod Special is featured in the latest issue of Heavy Duty magazine, which is on sale nationwide now.

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Jimmy Alameddin's Harley Davidson Nightrod Special

Jimmy Alameddin's Harley Davidson Nightrod Special    Jimmy Alameddin's Harley Davidson Nightrod Special

Feature Bike: Josh James’ (HD Hooligans) 2006 Harley Davidson Dyna


19 Jun

I photographed Josh James’ beautifully custom painted 2006 Harley Davidson Dyna Street Bob for issue 151 of Heavy Duty magazine, which was on sale last month. Smith Concepts handled the amazing retro custom paintwork and Josh set the bike up for doing wheel stands and other stunts you wouldn’t expect to see a Harley doing.

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Josh James' (HD Hooligans) 2006 Harley Davidson Dyna

Josh James' (HD Hooligans) 2006 Harley Davidson Dyna     Josh James' (HD Hooligans) 2006 Harley Davidson Dyna

Feature Bike: Kyle Smith’s Rigid Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster


20 Apr

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Kyle Smith at Smith Concepts in Brookvale, NSW a number of times over the last seven years. The prolific builder and custom painter’s latest personal project is this awesome rigid-frame 1200 Sportster that is featured in the latest issue of Heavy Duty, which is on sale now.

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Kyle Smith's Rigid Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster

Kyle Smith's Rigid Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster     Kyle Smith's Rigid Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster

Sneak Peek: Jay’s Custom Harley Davidson V-Rod


30 Mar

A sneak peek at a shoot I did on Jay’s custom, airbagged Harley Davidson V-Rod, photographed for Heavy Duty magazine in Sydney. Despite plenty of mechanical and aesthetic mods, Jay still rides the machine regularly. Looking forward to seeing the rest in print soon! CLICK HERE or on the photo for a free wallpaper!

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Jay's Custom Harley V-Rod

Feature Bike: Ron’s 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer


08 Sep

Our photo shoot and feature story on Ron’s wicked and street-legal 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer is in this month’s issue of Heavy Duty magazine, which is on sale now! Built by One Off Customs (formerly Bub’s Customs) on the Central Coast of NSW, it boasts a big-cube heart and all the custom mods you could want in a brute of a weekend cruiser.

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Ron's 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer

Ron's 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer     Ron's 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer

Feature Bike: Dominic Garreffa’s 1975 Shovel Custom


25 Jul

Our photo shoot and feature story on Dominic Garreffa’s 1975 Shovel Custom is in the latest issue (147) of Heavy Duty magazine, which is on sale now! It’s a gorgeous, modern-retro machine featuring airbags in the rear, chunky metal flake paint and all the attitude you could want out of a street cruiser.

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Dominic Garreffa's 1975 Shovel Custom

Dominic Garreffa's 1975 Shovel Custom     Dominic Garreffa's 1975 Shovel Custom