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Feature Car: Ian Wood's Holden EH Van

Gen IV-Powered EH Panel Van

Street Machines are often an extension of an owner’s personality and they come in all shapes, sizes and colours (well, maybe except the trendy builds like VK Blue Meanies and the seemingly ageless Falcon GT clones).¬†

Ian Wood’s 1964 EH van is a great example of a personality shining brightly. Sure, it’s got a modern powertrain… but look at the aesthetic treatment. Gorgeous HOK Emperor orange metallic paint mixed with a cream leather trim may not seem so out of the ordinary. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find the Mexican-style airbrushing, sugar skull buttoned seats and western-style embossing/carving in the leather.

Either way, the shoot was pretty extensive, given the addition of the chandeliers (installed just for the shoot on aluminium trussing from Ian’s company) and orange lighting out back. But I think you’ll agree that the finished images were worth the effort.

This shoot appeared in the December 2022 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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Feature Car: Jason Pellett's HR Holden

Jason Pellett's 1966 HR Holden

I’ve come across a number of car guys like Jason Pellett in my time shooting cars. Indeed, many of them know each other quite well. What type of car guy am I talking about? Prolific self-builders that churn out brilliant street cars like their lives are depending on it.

One of the first cars I ever photographed was Jason’s partner Ashley’s pink Commodore in 2011 or so. More recently I photographed Jason’s clinically-clean white HG Holden sedan and not that long after, Jason let me know he’d just finished another Holden: this LS-powered two-tone HR.

Jason has a certain style to his builds so far: super clean, no unnecessary bling, smooth engine bays and clean interior trims. This grey and black HR Premier sedan is no exception to those rules. It even wears the Showwheels Streeter rims like his old HG did.

What’s most impressive is that all his machines are built in the shed at home. According to Jason “Our projects never leave the shed. We roll them in and they drive out under their own power”.

My photo shoot was featured in the April 2022 issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: Louis Younis' 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Tubbed, blown and slammed...

My photo shoot on Louis Younis’ 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air marks the third vehicle I’ve photographed that belongs to this prolific car builder… and they’ve all been black! You probably remember his blown LJ Torana from a recent cover of Street Machine. But I also photographed his Turbo LS-powered VK sedan few years back.

Powered by a 6/71-blown 383ci small-block, the car actually rides on a 1955 chassis that boasts Strange coil-overs front and rear along with tubular front arms, drop spindles and rack and pinion steering. It’s built to drive and Louis plans to get the beast out regularly, as evidenced by the trio of baby seats across the rear bench!

The images appeared in the January 2022 issue of Street Machine magazine.

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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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Front Cover: Street Machine Jan 2022

Jason Mansweto's XY Falcon '2ENIL8'

The January 2022 issue of Street Machine is on sale now and features my photoshoot of Jason Mansweto’s Ford XY Falcon on the front cover. Also featured inside this issue is my photo shoot on Louis Younis’ ’57 Chev. It’s a big issue, complete with a Summernats guide and history of the event. A must-have for people attending and nostalgia buffs who want to look at a ton of great images from previous years. Grab your copy today!

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Cover Car: Ricci Camilleri's LX Holden Torana

Ricci Camilleri's 8/71-Blown LX Torana

Ricci Camilleri’s Holden Torana and I go back to 2014. That’s when I first photographed his LX sedan. Although back then, the car was bright yellow and running a naturally-aspirated 355ci stroker from Pro Flo Performance.

Fast forward to 2021 and Ricci Camilleri’s Holden Torana is back and looking nothing like its former self. Featured on the front cover of the November 2021 issue of Street Machine, the Torana now wears a thick coat of Audi red and is running a 754rwhp 383ci 8/71-blown Holden V8, also built by the team at Pro Flo.

It’s also got a lot more refinement underneath, where you’ll find a Magnum IFS and a Pro Flo sheet metal 9in with 4-link. Combined with the new interior (including the sweet 3D-printed dash fascia), wheels, brakes and tyres… it’s an entirely new machine.

Enjoy the gallery of images and be sure to grab a copy of the January 2022 issue of Street Machine for my next cover shoot ūüôā

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Feature Car: Manuel'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.


As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

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Cover Car: Peter Sharp's SHQRP Holden HQ Monaro

Peter Sharp’s Holden HQ Monaro, known as SHQRP, has been in the build now for around a decade. I photographed the car in bare metal around six years ago for its owner on a trip to the team at Down Town Kustoms. The wait has been worth it.
This is no ordinary HQ Monaro. While its front end may be divisive, there’s no disputing the incredible innovation and attention to detail to be found no matter where you look. From the exterior with its coach-built steel wide body to the custom chassis, floor pan and airbag suspension‚Ķ right through to its award-winning interior that uses bits from a late-model Commodore – Peter Sharp’s Holden HQ Monaro is truly one of a kind and a piece of automotive art that’s been built to drive.
There’s simply too much to list properly, suffice it to say that you can see and read all about it in the July 2021 issue of Street Machine.


As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

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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.


As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

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