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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.

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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… 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.

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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: 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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Customs 4 Cancer: Harley Davidson Raffle Bike

I haven’t photographed many motorcycles over the last few years. The number of magazines has dropped and budgets have continued to fall, so I went where the money still is instead. I really like shooting bikes, though. They’re usually easier for a start: smaller panels, smaller in general. That means less worry about reflections and the size of your locations.
Either way, I enjoyed shooting this custom Harley CVO from Norm Fraser’s. It’s being raffled off by Customs 4 Cancer soon, so hit them up for your chance to win it.
For the enthusiastic shooters out there, I lit this with a single flash in a large strip box and multiple hits, composited in Photoshop. There’s also a single bare flash hit from the left that is adding a bit of fill on the metallic grey paintwork. I would have done it in my usual fashion with an LED panel and long exposures, but the location was too bright. By using flash, I could run a much shorter exposure time and make the location seem darker than it was – helping the bike to pop.

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Cover Car: Dean Rickard's 1969 Holden HT Monaro

Car owners often ask me the same question when I’m shooting their own cars: “What is the best car you’ve ever photographed?”
It’s a ridiculously hard question to answer definitively. The best how? Best engine bay, best paint, best stance, best trim, best race car, best ‘cool’ factor, best… you get the idea. A lot of cars have been amazing for different reasons.
perhaps that was until I got tasked with photographing the latest creation from Down Town Kustoms in Taree, NSW. Dean Rickard’s 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS is off-the-charts in just about every regard. The bodywork still numbs my brain to this day; the interior is somehow understated, elegant and show-conquering all at the same time; the engine bay is to die for despite there being no blower or turbos in sight and the undercarriage is a work of art, even though it isn’t all glossy or chromed.
If you can find one, pick up a copy of the January 2021 issue of Street Machine to read the whole incredible story.

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Feature Car: John Dennis' 1973 Ford Escort

John Dennis’ 1973 Ford Escort is a genre-busting example of what can happen when you forget about current trends and build from your gut. powered by an old-school FJ20T and slammed on its arse, the Esky is making 260rwhp on a run-in tune (25psi planned on E85) and boasts a host of awesome engineering ideas.
Mini tubs (allowing 17x10in Foregline rims under the bum), pumped guards and a Spartan interior almost devoid of soft furnishings makes this one early small-Ford to remember! The shoot was featured in the January 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Cover Car: Michael Moit's Ford TD Cortina

I recently got to photograph a bit of a legend on the Sydney car scene from over the last 30 years. Michael Moit’s Ford TD Cortina used to terrorise drag strips like Oran Park where the car would wheelstand thanks to its hi-po Clevo and Windsor V8s – the latter of which took the car to a best of 8.4sec @ 155mph.
It recently scored a new lease on life with a makeover and a twin-turbo conversion for the original Clevo-headed Windsor. Making 850hp, this combo is incredibly considered the test mule before building a more serious bottom end down the track.
The shoot was featured on the cover of the 2020 Street Machine Yearbook.

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Cover Car: Image Conversion's 1964 Ford XM Falcon

My photo shoot on the Image Conversions’ Ford Falcon appeared on the cover of the December 2020 issue of Street Machine magazine!
Powered by a 1000hp Barra turbocharged straight six, the ’64 vintage sedan is full of high-tech mechanicals and interior components – right down to the one-off custom 3D-printed LED tail light assemblies.

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Feature Car: Sammy's 1956 Volkswagen Single-Cab Kombi

Believe it or not, this way-cool rusted and bent ’56 Volkswagen Single-Cab Kombi belongs to an 11-year-old boy! Sam and his dad pulled the raw carcass of this machine from a field out in the country and proceeded to bring it back to life, including a lot of rust repairs, a fresh 1641cc engine and that unique interior made up of patina’d signage.
My shoot was featured in issue 67 of VW Magazine Australia.

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