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Feature Car: Nick Knight's 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood

I took a nice scenic drive down south past Sydney a few months back to grab some images of Nick Knight’s ass-dragging 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood for Street Machine magazine.
It had taken the best part of a year to actually get the shoot done thanks in part to COVID and also just life in general. But I’m glad we waited, because by the time I got down there, Nick Knight’s 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood had ditched the small-block in favour of a 598ci Dart-based big-block thumper!
Its old-school aesthetic suits the car perfectly, with simple black interior, reverse-cowl scoop and gorgeous Chlorophyll Blue Green metallic paint.
The shoot appeared in the June 2021 issue of Street Machine.

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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: 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: Alex Fenech's Holden LX Torana

I love it when I get to shoot cars that nail the ix between new-school and old-school. Alex Fenech’s Holden Torana does just that with a classy, classic black exterior with 15in Weld rims and a Weiand blower out the bonnet. But peer a little deeper and you’ll find the blower bolted to a 6L L98-based LS motor. Just magic!

Alex Fenech’s Holden Torana was featured in the February 2020 issue of Street Machine.

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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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Cover Car: Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon

I was presented with a fresh challenge for this photo shoot on Joe Tyler’s – one that I’d been meaning to do more of for years: car-to-car tracking shots. The brief was to capture the balls-out, blown 416ci LS3-powered ’64 wagon on the street for the front cover of Street Machine. A ton of research on locations, technique and a borrowed lens with image stabilisation later and this is the result. The car appeared on the front of the October 2019 issue.

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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 Cars: Ray and Tony Elia's Holden VK Commodores

About the only thing better than one tough, tubbed HDT-style VK Commodore is two and between brothers Ray and Tony Elia, that’s exactly what I got to photograph a few months ago for the return issue of Street Machine Commodores! Ray’s white machine is blown, while Tony’s Blue Meanie replica BT1 boasts a wicked Injection Perfection trumpet setup.

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