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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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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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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: 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: Tony Moit's 1976 Datsun 260Z

While the name of Moits has historically been synonymous with high profile drag racing, the family name also has a rich history when it comes to performance street cars. I photographed Michael Moit’s killer twin-turbo Ford Cortina for the front cover of Street Machine late in 2020 (see it HERE) and recently I travelled back to the Moits Racing workshop to photograph Tony Moit’s 1976 Datsun 260Z.
Both cars have a long history in the family and the scene. This 260z even spent some time acting as the pizza delivery car in the TV show Fat Pizza.
Having recently undergone an extensive restoration and update, the 260z now slays with fresh Sting Red paint, a fresh EFI-controlled 347ci Windsor V8, fresh OE-style interior retrim and those gorgeous Watanabe eight-spoke 17in rims.
The shoot on Tony Moit’s 1976 Datsun 260Z was featured in the April 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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Feature Car: Danny Probert's Ford XD Falcon

Danny Probert’s Ford XD Falcon has certainly been one of the more original builds I’ve had the task of photographing recently. From the outside it might look like a pretty typical XD Falcon that’s been slammed on its arse. But before long you’ve been pulled into a black hole of detail and clever engineering.
It’s a drift car, so yeah, it’s a bit rough around the edges. Don’t go looking for tidy panel gaps. instead, concentrate on what it DOES have: a 600hp Barra turbo six, ridiculous steering lock, a full cage, no boot floor and custom front and rear suspension (the rear is IRS).
My shoot was featured in the March 2021 issue of Street Machine. For the photography fans, the main exterior shots were lit with a single Godox AD600 through a large strip box, lighting painting with multiple exposures and edited and composited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

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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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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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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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