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

Feature Car: Jonathan Danaskos’ 1965 Ford Mustang

01 Apr

Not many cars succeed in being more than one or two things. Some cars make a boatload of horsepower but look pretty ordinary. Others have immaculate interiors but the engine bay lets it down… you get the idea.
Jonathan Danaskos’ 1965 Ford Mustang ticks just about any box you might like to mark it against: it has smooth paint and a smooth engine bay, it has a great interior (custom, yet off the shelf from the USA!), it boasts an awesome stance on those 15in Weld V-series rims and yeah… it makes a ton of power, too. 620rwhp, to be exact. On an earlier, less powerful combo the car ran a 10.9sec ET and he’s hoping to deep into the 10s next time out. What a street car!
My photo shoot on the coupe was featured in the March 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Jonathan Danaskos' 1965 Ford Mustang
Jonathan Danaskos' 1965 Ford Mustang
Jonathan Danaskos' 1965 Ford Mustang

Customs 4 Cancer: Harley Davidson Raffle Bike

23 Mar

I haven’t photographed many motorcycles over the last few years. The number of magazines has dropped and budgets have continued to fall, so I went where the money still is instead. I really like shooting bikes, though. They’re usually easier for a start: smaller panels, smaller in general. That means less worry about reflections and the size of your locations.
Either way, I enjoyed shooting this custom Harley CVO from Norm Fraser’s. It’s being raffled off by Customs 4 Cancer soon, so hit them up for your chance to win it.
For the enthusiastic shooters out there, I lit this with a single flash in a large strip box and multiple hits, composited in Photoshop. There’s also a single bare flash hit from the left that is adding a bit of fill on the metallic grey paintwork. I would have done it in my usual fashion with an LED panel and long exposures, but the location was too bright. By using flash, I could run a much shorter exposure time and make the location seem darker than it was – helping the bike to pop.

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Custom Harley Davidson CVO Bagger
Custom Harley Davidson CVO Bagger
Custom Harley Davidson CVO Bagger
Custom Harley Davidson CVO Bagger

Feature Car: Steve Bowman’s 1965 Chevy II Nova Sport

17 Mar

I photographed Steve Bowman’s classic and gorgeous 1965 Chevy II Nova Sport Coupe for the February 2021 issue of Street Magazine. This car boasts a truly timeless combination of parts and colours that should mean Steve can simply cruise and enjoy this sweet machine for many years to come.
An original 327 car, it’s now powered by a 525hp 383ci SBC and backed by a T700 and 9in, the coupe features a smooth engine bay, Weld Draglites and a smooth , colour-coded metal dash with classic black leather trim.

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Steve Bowman's 1965 Chevy II Nova Sport
Steve Bowman's 1965 Chevy II Nova Sport
Steve Bowman's 1965 Chevy II Nova Sport
Steve Bowman's 1965 Chevy II Nova Sport

Feature Car: Steve Roussis’ 1970 Ford XY Falcon

09 Mar

My photo shoot on Steve Roussis’ 1970 Ford XY Falcon appeared in the January 2021 issue of Street Machine magazine. Powered by a 880hp 443ci Windsor from BK Engines, it’s a potent street car that has run a PB of 9.17sec @ 146mph.

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Steve Roussis' 1970 Ford XY Falcon
Steve Roussis' 1970 Ford XY Falcon
Steve Roussis' 1970 Ford XY Falcon
Steve Roussis' 1970 Ford XY Falcon