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

Cover Car: Louis Younis Holden LJ Torana

11 Jun

Man, there have been so many killer Holdens coming out right now – I don’t quite remember the last Ford I shot. Oh, yeah I do! The nutso 1000hp Barra-powered XM from Image Conversions!
Louis Younis will be a familiar name to custom car fans in Australia. His latest build/refresh is this crazy ‘street’ LJ Holden Torana boasting a 377ci SBC with a 14/71 and trick EFI setup that was built by Louis’ dad Tony. Final assembly of the car was done by the crew at Pro Flo Performance and keen eyes would have seen a snap of the car in the Pro Flo workshop in my recent workshop tour pics in Street Machine.
My shoot on the Torana appeared on the front cover of the May 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Louis Younis Holden LJ Torana
Louis Younis Holden LJ Torana
Louis Younis Holden LJ Torana
Louis Younis Holden LJ Torana

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: Image Conversions’ 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

27 Apr

I’ve been lucky enough to photograph a few of the vehicles to roll out of the Image Conversions doors, including the 1000hp Barra-powered XM Falcon on the cover of the December 2020 issue of Street Machine and Michael Ellard’s own LS-powered Rodeo minitruck.
In a similar vein, Image Conversions’ Chev Camaro, belonging to ‘David’, packs plenty of punch in numerous categories: power, handling, looks and wow-factor. Perhaps the most notable thing about the car is its choice of power plant: a Mercury Marine 7L SB4 (meaning small-block, 4-valves per cylinder). It’s an LS7 bottom end with unique twin-cam heads that costs a ton, but produces a reliable 750hp with 11.7:1 compression and even sounds unique.
Underneath, there’s an Art Morrison Corvette-style front end and a matching Art Morrison IRS at the back. The shoot on Image Conversions’ Chev Camaro was featured in the April 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Image Conversions' 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Image Conversions' 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Image Conversions' 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Image Conversions' 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Feature Car: Smith Concepts’ 1965 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside

13 Apr

Check out Smith Concepts’ 1965 Chevrolet C10. I’ve had the pleasure of photographic the work of Kyle Smith at Smith Concepts many times over the last decade or so. In fact, I think my second ever photo shoot in 2010 was of Kyle’s white Valiant ute and his funky Yamaha rat bike (he’s progressed onto big twins since).
Since then I’ve had several custom bikes, a few hot rods and workshop shoots out at his Brookvale, NSW shop. But it’s this ’65 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside that Kyle is perhaps most proud of – at least until the next one is built.
Slammed on its arse and painted in a deep, deep DNA Cherry Black, Smith Concepts’ 1965 Chevrolet C10 is powered by a 350ci SBC and boasts a ton of incredible detail. It was also built largely by, and managed by Smith Concepts – the shop’s first big all-in project. Plus, it was completed in just 12 months! No wonder Kyle is so proud.
The shoot featured in the March 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Smith Concepts' 1965 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside
Smith Concepts' 1965 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside
Smith Concepts' 1965 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside
Smith Concepts' 1965 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside

Feature Car: Danny Probert’s Ford XD Falcon

07 Apr

Danny Probert’s Ford XD Falcon has certainly been one of the more original builds I’ve had the task of photographing recently. From the outside it might look like a pretty typical XD Falcon that’s been slammed on its arse. But before long you’ve been pulled into a black hole of detail and clever engineering.
It’s a drift car, so yeah, it’s a bit rough around the edges. Don’t go looking for tidy panel gaps. instead, concentrate on what it DOES have: a 600hp Barra turbo six, ridiculous steering lock, a full cage, no boot floor and custom front and rear suspension (the rear is IRS).
My shoot was featured in the March 2021 issue of Street Machine. For the photography fans, the main exterior shots were lit with a single Godox AD600 through a large strip box, lighting painting with multiple exposures and edited and composited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

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Danny Probert's Ford XD Falcon
From the outside, free from its normal race-livery, it looks like your average slammed XD.
Danny Probert's Ford XD Falcon
The wheels were new for the shoot. Don’t expect them to look like this for long!
Danny Probert's Ford XD Falcon
It’s all non-flammable, Spartan steel in here
Danny Probert's Ford XD Falcon
The custom IRS is designed and fabricated by Danny’s business