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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 Thomason'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: 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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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: Charlton Sherry's 1956 Chevrolet BelAir

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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Feature Car: Image Conversions' 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

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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Feature Car: Smith Concepts' 1965 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside

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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Feature Car: Jonathan Danaskos' 1965 Ford Mustang

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

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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Feature Car: Steve Roussis' 1970 Ford XY Falcon

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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