Author: Ben Hosking

POSTER PRINTS: Store Open Now!

BUY PREMIUM PRINTS DIRECT

I’ve had a shop front on Redbubble.com now for some 14 years and somewhat shamefully admit to having no knowledge of Etsy’s power or size, until very recently.

So, I’ve now opened a new store front on Etsy called Motor Mania Prints and I’ll be selling poster prints of many of the vehicles I’ve photographed over the last 14 years.

Each image is available in three sizes, printed on-demand in semi-gloss and ready to frame (or Blu-Tac… depending on how you roll). 

CLICK HERE to check it out. New images are being added daily. 

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Cover Car: Tim's 1000hp Ford Falcon

1000hp Blown and Injected Cover Star

I got to end the year with a bang, shooting my second front cover in a row for Street Machine magazine. Not yet seen by the public at the time, the car was unveiled at Summernats this month.

Stay tuned for some more images from the shoot soon. 

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Front Cover: Street Machine 2023 Yearbook

Rob's 615ci Monster LX Torana Hatch

I got a nice Xmas surprise in the mail yesterday! The new issue of Street Machine goes on sale today and features my shoot on Rob’s ballistic Sonny’s-powered Torana hatch on the cover!
 
Grab your copy today and check it out. 
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New Products - Automotive Graphic Illustrations

Over 30 New Products for Xmas

We’ve got you covered for automotive-themed gifts this xmas. With over 30 new designs to choose from (and more coming), across more than 60 different products, the biggest problem will be deciding what to choose!

We’ve got the new ‘Wheel’ seriesthat features large-format prints of iconic and modern wheels. And the newest line boasts illustration-style designs of iconic Australian cars and American muscle, too.

CLICK HERE to check out the store and browse through our huge range of more than 700 designs and images. You’ll find a variety of print options, lots of clothing items, mugs, phone covers, aprons for the BBQ, jigaws and so much more.

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Feature Car: Adam Francica's Ford Fairmont

451ci 825hp Street Weapon

This isn’t the first time Adam Francica’s gorgeous blue Ford Fairmont has been in front of the cameras for Street Machine magazine. It first appeared back in 2007 when Adam was still a teenager.

Plenty has changed since then, with the car undergoing an almost complete rebuild. It now boasts an 825hp naturally-aspirated 451ci Clevor setup and beautiful attention to detail.

I photographed the car in Adam’s then-brand-new shed before any tooling or cabinets had been installed – a rare thing!

The November issue of Street Machine is currently still on sale. Go grab a copy now and read the whole story. 

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Cover Car: Tim Laidler's HSV SV88

14/71-Blown 540ci HSV SV88

Tim Laidler’s insane HSV SV88 mixes rare HSV genes with stupendous mechanical prowess to forge something truly nutty.

It boasts the same slightly-odd two-tone metallic blue paint as the original, as well as a modified OEM-style trim… but the similarities end there. Gone is the Holden V8, replaced by a monster 540ci big-block, crowned by a mechanical injected 14/71-blown setup that Tim says he can remove to use the car on the street.

The mag is still on sale now, so go grab a copy today and read all about the build! 

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Band Pics: Where the Devil

Fresh Shots for Where the Devil

With the introduction of a new bass player in the shape of Dan Johnson, it was time again to shoot some new promo shots. Out came the beauty dish, C-stand and a couple of gelled speedlights. Next minute: done 🙂

The band were standing in front of its huge backdrop, however the guys covered half the logo, so I grabbed the logo file and blended the lower half over the band and thought it looked pretty cool. 

If your band needs fresh promo shots, drop me a line and we can discuss the project. CONTACT HERE

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Feature Car: Steven Thrift's EH Holden

350ci EFI Small-Block EH Streeter

The NSW Central Coast has always been a hot spot for custom cars and Steven Thrift’s EH Holden sedan is a fine example of the quality street cars that lurk in garages all over the coast.

Wearing a super dark Cherry Black paint scheme, coupled with a black interior and largely blacked-out engine bay, the car is almost sinister. Add to that an injected 350ci small-block that is expected to run 10s and it’s a formidable street car, to be sure.

The shoot was featured in the August 2023 issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: Ray Elia's VH Valiant

Blown and Injected 543ci Monster!

I haven’t photographed a whole lot of Valiants over the last 14 years. Regardless, it would be safe to say that Ray Elia’s VH Valiant is the wildest. With its blown and injected 543ci monster up front positively chugging E85, it needs every inch of those mammoth hoops under the bum.

I photographed the car for the August 2023 issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: Rocky Sarkis' LH Torana

388ci Dart Turbocharged LS Torana

It can be very hard to stand out from the crowd when it comes to building a Torana. Generally, it’s all been done before. And while it sits there on a set of Simmons FRs in a suit of dark metallic red, you’d think the exterior combo would make Rocky Sarkis’ LH blend into the mass as well, but the execution is perhaps what sets it apart.

The stance, for a start, it not messing about. It sits perfectly. The diameter and offset of those 20x10s. The subdued – kinds of mature looking – dark red and lack of flares… it all combines to make this Torana seem head and shoulders above so many others.

Open the bonnet and you’re faced with a 388ci Dart-based LS force fed by a big BW S480 turbo. The combo hasn’t been fully pushed yet (Rocky has only recently welcomed his first child), but it’s fair to say the combo will be good for some serious numbers.

With it’s simple satin balck aesthetic, it’s again, seemingly more mature and refined. The same thing happens inside, where a brownish-tan leather and suede interior, complete with a few billet additions makes for a serious, adult cabin. It’s almost like some foreign exotic housed within a humble 70s Aissue shell.

The shoot appeared in the July 2023 issue of Street Machine.

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