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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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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: 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: 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: Peter Robson's Holden VE Ute 'UDLO5E'

Late-model Commodores haven’t come in for the same level of customisation as most older models… well, with exceptions. Like Peter Robson’s crazy VE Commodore ute for example.
With a big turbo on its 403ci stroker, suicide doors, custom trim, smooth engine bay and 24x12in billets under its tubbed arse… this is one very custom late-model Commodore and it was featured in the August 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: Peta Psaras' Holden VE SS-V Wagon

Not so long ago, cars loaded with fancy interior trim and in-car entertainment hardware like this were almost always under-powered and slow. Peta Psaras wasn’t having any of that with her Holden VE SS-V wagon. Nope, hers makes 617hp at the wheels thanks to a stout combo from Sam’s Performance and that last piece of the puzzle is part of the reason why the car made it into the return issue of Street Machine Commodores!

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Feature Car: Luke Bailey's Wide Body Holden VE Commodore Ute

Now for something a little different! So good to see the late model stuff getting the full kustom treatment. In this case Luke Bailey’s Holden VE Commodore ute doesn’t just come with fancy interior trim and car audio gear, but it’s also slammed into the ground on airbags. On top of that, the guards and bodykit has been pumped to accommodate those massive 22×9.5in Simmons rims! Oh, yeah, then there’s the Vortech-blown Alloytec V6 up front. Sweet! The shoot was featured in the return issue of Street Machine Commodores, which is still on sale now.

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