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Feature Car: Ryan Pearson's Holden HT Premier

Ryan Pearson’s Holden Premier – aka HOLDON – is a legend on the Aussie burnout scene. Formerly dressed in a sinister black suit, Ryan recently did a ground-up rebuild on the car after torching the rear half of the car in competition.
Now wearing a luminous DNA Emerald Green metallic, the Premier looks part show car, part skid monster with the large rear tubs housing a set of 20x12in billets (not used in competition, as you could imagine) and that big blower hat sticking through the bonnet.
The blower hat connects to a 1360hp dry-sumped, 377ci small-block and 8/71 supercharger. It sounds mental sitting at 9000rpm while cutting hoops, but Ryan says he’s even pushed the engine to 10,300rpm previously without issue!
My photo shoot on Ryan Pearson’s Holden Premier was featured in the August 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: Manuel's Ford XP Falcon

Sweet street cars don’t come much nicer than Manuel Thomason’s Ford XP Falcon. It’s an old-school build: no late-model alloy V8s and no turbos or modern blowers. Instead, what you get is a tunnel ram and twin carbs through the bonnet, ‘small’ 17in alloy rims and about 500hp from its 347ci V8. Plenty enough for any street cruiser.
Best of all, almost the entire build on Manuel Thomason’s Ford XP Falcon was done in the shed you see here by Manuel and his mate Wazza. My photo shoot and feature story on the build was featured in the July 2021 issue of Street Machine magazine.

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Feature Car: Nick Knight's 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood

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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Feature Car: Mendo's Holden LX Torana

In storage out west for some 20 years, Mendo’s barn-find Holden LX Torana mixes modern mumbo with classic styling for the perfect street car recipe.
Powered by a 454ci LSX-based V8 and backed by a T400 and 9in, the Contessa Gold sedan sits nice and low thanks to a set of mini tubs.
The car was featured in the Street Machine 2020 Yearbook.

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Feature Car: David Galea's 1970 Holden Monaro

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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Feature Car: Alex Fenech's Holden LX Torana

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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Feature Car: Tony Rohr's Holden VH Commodore

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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Feature Car: Muss' 1977 Holden LX SS Torana

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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Feature Car: Mark Cirillo's 1974 Holden LJ Torana

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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Feature Car: Paul Knowles' Holden VK Commodore

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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