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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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Feature Car: Tim Saliba's Holden VP Commodore

Tim Saliba’s Holden VP Commodore was featured in the October issue of Street Machine. I’d shot the car once before for another magazine, but Tim has since made some further improvements, both to the parts list but also driveability improvements. The airbagged, 393ci Holden V8-powered sedan looks sweet in its HSV Senator body kit and riding super low on the Simmons FR19s. Inside, it’s all covered… in shale-coloured leather, that is. Dash, door trims, Recaro seats, centre console – everything is drenched in leather. Even the boot install that also boasts a pair of 12in subs is leather-clad. Tim Saliba’s Holden Commodore is one gorgeous machine!

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Feature Car: Shadi Tobaji's Ford TC Cortina

There’s no doubting that a Ford TC Cortina is one of the more unusual choices for a street machine. But when you build one as clean and tough as Shadi Tobaji’s 443ci Dart Windsor-powered sedan, you can’t argue with the validity of his choice! Making a solid 889hp on C85 ethanol-based fuel, this 8sec machine can get the front wheels high into the air if Shadi forgets to fit the wheelie bars!

Shadi’s Ford Cortina was featured in the October 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Cover Car: Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon

I was presented with a fresh challenge for this photo shoot on Joe Tyler’s – one that I’d been meaning to do more of for years: car-to-car tracking shots. The brief was to capture the balls-out, blown 416ci LS3-powered ’64 wagon on the street for the front cover of Street Machine. A ton of research on locations, technique and a borrowed lens with image stabilisation later and this is the result. The car appeared on the front of the October 2019 issue.

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Feature Car: Jason Pellett's Holden HT Kingswood

Jason Pellett built this pristine 1970 HT Holden Kingswood as a tribute to his late brother Michael. Powered by a 308ci Holden V8 within a clinically clean engine bay, the clean black and white theme is carried throughout the car, which is a great cruiser for Jason, his wife Ashley and twin boys. It was featured in the September 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: Gary Taylor's 1965 Ford XP Falcon

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this silver XP Ford Falcon. I previously shot the car for Street Fords magazine when old owner Andrew owned the car. Today, the car is owned by Gary Taylor and he’s spent plenty of time tidying it up and putting his own stamp on it. This photo shoot featured in the September issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: V Resto Garage 1971 Ford XY Falcon

The latest monster Falcon to leave the V Resto Garage workshop is this 438ci, 8/71-blown beast that I photographed for the September issue of Street Machine. With 934hp on tap, it’s no slouch for a street car!

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Cover Car: Mario Ciarrocchi's VH Valiant Charger

I had the pleasure of visiting the Hills & Co workshop in Taree NSW, for the first time in a few years to photograph Mario Ciarrocchi’s incredible elite-level VH Valiant Charger for the front cover of Street Machine. Powered by a 540 big-block and boasting all the modern electrical wonders you could imagine (including a CANBUS system), this car is on another planet in terms of custom car building.

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Feature Car: Jarrad Rogers' Holden LH G-Pak Torana

My shoot on Jarrad Rogers’ blown Holden 308ci-powered LH G-Pak Torana appeared in the August 2019 issue of Street Machine. I got to shoot it in one of my favourite locations on the mid-north coast of NSW, too! There aren’t many places like this left standing.

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