Posts Tagged ‘aussie muscle’

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

Feature Car: Alex Fenech’s Holden LX Torana


09 Apr

I love it when I get to shoot cars that nail the ix between new-school and old-school. Alex Fenech’s Holden Torana does just that with a classy, classic black exterior with 15in Weld rims and a Weiand blower out the bonnet. But peer a little deeper and you’ll find the blower bolted to a 6L L98-based LS motor. Just magic!

Alex Fenech’s Holden Torana was featured in the February 2020 issue of Street Machine.

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Alex Fenech's Holden LX Torana
Alex Fenech's Holden LX Torana
Alex Fenech's Holden LX Torana

Feature Car: Tony Rohr’s Holden VH Commodore


03 Apr

My photo shoot of Tony Rohr’s twin-turbo Holden VH Commodore drag car was featured in the February 2020 issue of Street Machine magazine. 77-year-old Tony built the 427ci LS-powered monster in his shed at home from a rusty hulk.

Dressed in Tony’s favourite Sting Red paint, the car boasts a big-cube LS that utilises an RHS block, supported by a pair of Garrett GTX3582R turbos and a T400 auto. There’s a Ford 9in rear out back and a cage weaves right through the car from front to back.

When was the last time you heard about a 77-year-old building – and driving – an eight-second race car!? Tony Rohr’s Holden VH Commodore is one slick beast!

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Tony Rohr's Holden VH Commodore
Tony Rohr's Holden VH Commodore
Tony Rohr's Holden VH Commodore

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: 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: 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

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

Feature Car: Jason Pellett’s Holden HT Kingswood


22 Oct

Jason Pellett built this pristine 1970 HT Holden Kingswood as a tribute to his late brother Michael. Powered by a 308ci Holden V8 within a clinically clean engine bay, the clean black and white theme is carried throughout the car, which is a great cruiser for Jason, his wife Ashley and twin boys. It was featured in the September 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Jason Pellett's Holden HT Kingswood
Jason Pellett's Holden HT Kingswood
Jason Pellett's Holden HT Kingswood

Feature Car: Gary Taylor’s 1965 Ford XP Falcon


04 Oct

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this silver XP Ford Falcon. I previously shot the car for Street Fords magazine when old owner Andrew owned the car. Today, the car is owned by Gary Taylor and he’s spent plenty of time tidying it up and putting his own stamp on it. This photo shoot featured in the September issue of Street Machine.

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Gary Taylor's 1965 Ford XP Falcon
Gary Taylor's 1965 Ford XP Falcon
Gary Taylor's 1965 Ford XP Falcon