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Feature Car: Glenn Smith's 1979 Ford F100

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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Cover Car: Louis Younis Holden LJ Torana

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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Feature Car: Brendyn Wardell's Holden VL Commodore

Brendyn Wardell has had a long history in the Aussie car scene, starting with his well-known and loved black VK Commodore known as STR8AZ back in the early ’00s. In fact, this feature on his latest blown LS-powered VL, 2NGRY2, marks his fourth Street Machine feature (appearing in the March 2020 issue). He also had cars appear in Street Commodores and others.
Brendyn’s latest car started as an original N/A Calais and today plays host to a 421ci LQ9-based LS stroker with an injected 8/71 supercharger on top. Built almost entirely in the shed with mate Billy Shine, the VL features die-straight panel work and sumptuous blood-red leather trim.

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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: 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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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: 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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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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Feature Car: Stephen Sherry's Holden LJ GTR Torana

Shephen Sherry’s LJ Holden GTR Torana, known as GRNADE, is a fresh build but is already well known in the scene and with good cause – it packs a 680hp, 6/71-blown 383ci SBC-powered punch! I got to photograph the car for the March 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: Ben Hiles' 622rwhp Holden VE Calais V

Most of my photo shoots take place away from home. Typically in areas like Sydney or further afield. So it was nice, not only to shoot a vehicle within an hour from my house, but also to get a close look at Ben Hiles’ sleeper VE Calais V. I shot it for the latest issue of Street Machine’s LSX Tuner magazine. With a rebuilt, forged 6L LS under the bonnet, fettled further thanks to a Magnusson MP2300 blower, this grandpa-coloured VE makes 622rwhp! I bet this thing surprises some folks at the traffic lights.

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