Tag: commodore

Cover Car: Tim Laidler's HSV SV88

14/71-Blown 540ci HSV SV88

Tim Laidler’s insane HSV SV88 mixes rare HSV genes with stupendous mechanical prowess to forge something truly nutty.

It boasts the same slightly-odd two-tone metallic blue paint as the original, as well as a modified OEM-style trim… but the similarities end there. Gone is the Holden V8, replaced by a monster 540ci big-block, crowned by a mechanical injected 14/71-blown setup that Tim says he can remove to use the car on the street.

The mag is still on sale now, so go grab a copy today and read all about the build! 

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Private Shoot: PHT45S VF SS

Walkinshaw-Improved VF SS

I haven’t historically done a lot of private shoots over the last 13 years. Almost all the work I have done has been for magazine clients. It’s always a subtle change of pace and some very nice machines roll past my lens as a result – like this VF SS Commodore from the Hunter Valley.

If you’d like a photo shoot on your own pride and joy, drop me a line today! I’m offering private shoots in the greater Newcastle/Hunter Valley areas only.

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Feature Car: Stefan Tomevski's VL Calais

Top 60, 500rwhp+ RB30 = THEKNG

There’s no doubting the perennial-faveourite status of the VL Commodore/Calais. I’ve been writing about them and photographing them for over 20 years! 

When you see examples like Stefan Tomevski’s THEKNG, respendent in its glossy undercoat grey and red Coulsen-style trim, you can understand why. 

I photographed the 500+hp turbo sedan near Stefan’s home south of Sydney in late 2022 on a cold rainy evening. A shiny new pre-fab concrete industrial building gave us our backdrop and the rest is history.

You can see the shoot and read the story in the January 2023 issue of Street Machine.

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Cover Car: Ray's VN Commodore

Supercharged LS2 KNG GRP A

2022 didn’t exactly end the way I would have liked, with nerve damage as a result of surgery to my right arm. It meant I couldn’t use a mouse, play guitar or really do anything with my right hand.

Shortly before that happened though, I got to shoot Ray Elia’s latest creation – this gorgeous ode to the mighty VN Group A SS.

Powered by a blown and injected LS2, the VN is detailed to the hilt, no matter where you look. You’d be forgiven for thinking that all this detail would preclude Ray from driving the car, but even before the Nats this January, you could find Ray driving the car all over the place!

My shoot was featured on the front cover of the December issue of Street Machine. 

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Front Cover: Ray Elia's VN Commodore

Ray Elia's VN Commodore

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Ray Elia’s latest creation for the front cover of Street Machine’s December 2022 issue, which is on sale now.

Keen readers will remember his white blown LS-powered VK Brock-alike that I shot for Street Machine’s Commodore title a few years back.

Best of all, this beast is already getting driven on the street despite not yet being done with show season.

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Feature Car: Marcus Nikolic's Holden VL Calais

Blown LS2-Powered VL Calais

Marcus Nikolic is bound to make most people jealous. The fact that he’s a young guy will only exacerbate things. Marcus owns this super smooth, supercharged LS2-powered Holden VL Calais at an age where most folks are still lucky to be punting around in their first sub-$2000 shitbox.

With a strong and savvy work ethic, he built up enough coin to buy the VL with the LS2 conversion already done and he says the car was in immaculate condition when he found it for sale. But as you can imagine, a whole lot more took place before it came to be voted People’s Choice in the Top 60 hall at Summernats this past January.

The car now boasts a built LS2, topped with a Harrop TVS2650 blower and backed by a T400 and braced 9in. If that weren’t enough, the car now rides on 22in Simmons FR rims, measuring 12 inches wide under the ass.

I shot the car on a dismal rainy day at Marcus’ work and it featured in the May 2022 issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: Justin Schmidt's Holden VL Calais

Justin Schmidt's Twin-Turbo LS-Powered VL

The new issue of Street Machine (Feb 2022) is out on newsstands nationwide now. You’ll find my photo shoot on Justin Schmidt’s awesome, slammed Holden VL Calais inside.

Justin Schmidt’s VL Calais runs an L77-based 6L V8 with a pair of GTX3584 turbos that will have the car into the 8-sec range. To learn more about the build, be sure to pick up a copy of the latest issue!

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Feature Car: Phil Kerjean's Holden VC Commodore

Phil Kerjean’s Holden VC Commodore wagon is perhaps one of the country’s most recognisable custom cars. There has been a handful of instances where I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to photograph the same car on more than one occasion. To be honest, I think most auto shooters like me would give up their first born to have the chance at photographing a car as iconic as Phil Kerjean’s VC (yes, it’s a VC) Commodore wagon skid car.
I shot it about six years ago in his workshop/shed for the cover of Street Commodores (see it HERE).
I recently got asked to shoot it again for Street Machine magazine and the images appeared in its June 2021 issue. Despite a few touch-ups, which are par for the course for a skid car, the wagon is still looking great!

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Feature Car: Steve Sterjovski's Holden VL Calais

Steve Sterjovski’s Holden VL Calais wears license plates that pretty much sum up the entire build. From the insane butt-dragging stance and the nutso 22x13in Simmons FR rims to the monster 3.2L RB26-based turbo six that makes some 1000rwhp thanks in part to the massive 94mm Pro Mod turbo – this VL means ‘war’.
Things don’t settle down once you open the door and get in, either. Step inside and you’ll find a cabin drenched in bone leather, complete with cage, custom fibreglass dash and so much more.
The photo shoot was featured in the 2020 Street Machine Yearbook.

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Feature Car: Daniel Shannon's Holden VL Commodore

Daniel Shannon’s Holden VL Commodore was actually his first car. Purchased at the age of 16, he grew up in a Holden family and messed around with the car throughout his young years. Around a decade ago, Daniel decided to build the car right and this is what results from his hard work: a Walkinshaw-clad, RB26/30 turbo hybrid built by Maatouks that’s capable of some 1000hp and so much more.

My photo shoot on Daniel Shannon’s Holden VL Commodore appeared in the April 2020 issue of Street Machine.

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