Posts Tagged ‘november’

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!


As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

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

Sneak Peek: John Ward’s 1958 Corvette for Vette Magazine

07 Dec

A sneak peek at our photo shoot on John Ward’s incredible restomod LS-powered 1958 Corvette for Vette Magazine in the USA.


John Ward's 1958 Corvette

Feature Car: Matthew La Spada’s Holden VL Commodore

13 Nov

Our photo shoot and feature story on Matthew La Spada’s Holden VL Commodore is featured in the latest issue of Street Commodores magazine, which is on sale now! It’s been a labour of love, with plenty of work done by Matthew, his dad and brother at home. Be sure to pick up a copy of the mag’ to read all about it!


As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

Matthew La Spada's Holden VL Commodore

Matthew La Spada's Holden VL Commodore     Matthew La Spada's Holden VL Commodore

Feature Car: ‘Eleanor’-Inspired Mustang Fastback

06 Nov

We almost fell over when we first saw the cover of issue 16 of Gasoline magazine carrying two of our photo shoots on the front. One of those was this incredible ‘Eleanor’-Inspired Mustang Fastback that was unveiled at the 2013 MotorEx back in July.

The subject of an intensive two-year rebuild that saw the car worked on almost 24/7, there’s very little of the original car left besides some of the core beneath. And watch those body lines, because they’re sharp! Pick up a copy of issue 16 of Gasoline from all good newsagents – and probably some bad ones, too.

CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to view and download six FREE desktop wallpaper images of the Mustang! Photography fans will find our EXIF data on each image as well as our lighting information. Enjoy!

'Eleanor'-Inspired Mustang Fastback

'Eleanor'-Inspired Mustang Fastback     'Eleanor'-Inspired Mustang Fastback

Feature Car: Craig Lockhart’s 1964 EH Holden “Crewman”

09 Nov

Now for something a little different! Craig Lockhart owns what is probably the ONLY vehicle of its kind in the world in the form of this 1964 EH Holden ute. It boasts a stretched and massaged phantom body style, resembling the much more modern Crewman that Holden released with the advent of the VY model some years ago. You can read all about it and see some build shots in issue 50 of Brute Utes magazine, which is due to go on sale any day now.

It’s powered by a VT 304ci injected 5L V8 engine and features custom interior trim as well as immense detail no matter where you look; including under the car where everything has been painted and smoothed to a high sheen. Even the stainless exhaust system has been polished. Be sure to check it out when the magazine goes on sale.

As always, you’ll find our photos on Flickr complete with EXIF data and lighting information, however only the detail shots used any artificial lighting. The exterior shots were all shot using nothing but Mother Nature’s wonderful lighting from above. Sorry to all the strobist fans out there. CLICK HERE to view the entire gallery or on the thumbnails below:

Craig Lockhart's 1964 EH Holden

Craig Lockhart's 1964 EH Holden     Craig Lockhart's 1964 EH Holden

Interview: Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence for

14 Nov

Suicide Silence Interview with Mitch Lucker have just uploaded my interview with Mitch Lucker, singer with the USA death metal band Suicide Silence. Formed in Riverside, California as a side project in 2002, Suicide Silence have polarised opinions with their unique slant on death metal. Lumped in with the deathcore crowd, singer Mitch Lucker is keen to separate themselves from fractious sub-genres; preferring to be known simply as a heavy metal band. Currently touring on the back of their brilliant ‘No Time to Bleed’ album, Ben Hosking speaks with the affable vocalist about touring, their upcoming new album and live DVD, growing up with a metal head for a father and working with famed producer Machine.

CLICK HERE to read the entire interview.

CD Review: Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

02 Nov

Dimmu Borgir - AbrahadabraAny connections that Dimmu Borgir had left to the Black metal scene have been ripped to shreds with the release of their latest album, ‘Abrahadabra’. The Norwegian group has been both loved and hated for their willingness – nay, compulsion – to continually push the boundaries of what makes up the black metal genre.

With this, their ninth studio album, Dimmu Borgir stretch their creative mettle to the point where they can now no longer be convincingly linked to the blackened realms of Norwegian black metal. ‘Abrahadabra’ is a 50-minute journey full of bombast, pomp and ridiculous levels of texture – no doubt helped by a 100-piece orchestra and choir that the band have put to good use.

10,000 Hits! Bring on 20,000.

01 Nov

Our blog reached 10,000 hits tonight! Sure, the site as a whole has had more hits than that and our old blog had previously reached about 5,000 – but this… this feels like a momentous occasion.

Hosking Industries was founded on February 1, 2010 and life has been speeding up ever since. After working full time in the motoring media industry for seven years before going freelance, getting back into the creative nitty gritty of the industry was like a breath of fresh air. For too long I’d (I know, I keep using ‘I’, ‘Me’ and ‘My’ AND ‘We’, ‘We’re’ and ‘Our’) been delving deeper and deeper into the management side of things. I was really missing the creative element that goes with putting magazines together: writing, shooting and getting out into the scene to talk with car owners. Then there’s the music scene…

Even before I made my first steps into the motoring media industry in 2001 or 2002, I was having a blast interviewing most of my favourite metal bands, reviewing their CDs and going to their gigs so I could inform first the Newcastle and Hunter region public and later the fledgling interwebs – well, it was fledgling for me back in 1999. Do a quick search of our blog here and I explain my old street press 27wtelve in more detail. (more…)