MOVING VIOLATION – holden torana

Built entirely in their back shed in Serpentine, Connor and Bailey McClure’s Barra-powered Torana has caused a stir with purists and fans alike. The McClures are a drag racing family, with the boy’s old man Al, having raced everything from streeters to funny cars over his 30-year career in the sport. It was inevitable that […]

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SILVER BULLET – 1970 XW Falcon

As tough as they come!   Ben Schramm’s 1970 XW Falcon packs an E85-fuelled 451ci Dart motor, which features JE Pistons, Molnar rods, a Camtech cam and Higgins race heads. A Quickfuel carb and a 250-shot nitrous plate system live up the top. Behind the donk is a Powerglide ‘box with a transbrake and a […]

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LOCK & LOAD – HQ Holden

  I’m a bit of a sucker for HQs, so I’ll always stroll up to one to check it out, especially if it’s in the Elite lane for judging at Summernats. That’s where I initially spied this stunning HQ ute. One of the first things I noticed was the beautifully detailed engine bay, chock-a-block full […]

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WHITE KNIGHT – FORD FG XR6

It seems to be a common occurrence with the customers at Monsta Torque – once they experience their first round of modifications and get a taste of power, they want more. It is part of human nature, and well, as you know, horsepower can become very addictive. Nikola Cvetkoski is one such individual that has […]

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STYLE GUIDE – MAZDA RX7

I couldn’t have picked a worse day to shoot Nat Graham-Helwig’s slick FD RX7 – the last thing I was expecting was a torrential downpour in the middle of the Western Australian summer. We both agreed the worst was past us, so we planned on meeting up at 8 PM. We hadn’t even set up […]

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HELLRAISER – E55 Charger

Sometimes it’s nice to dream. The US-based Ramchargers were a group of Chrysler engineers that campaigned a string of drag cars back in the day – all with the blessing of Mother Mopar – so imagine if Chrysler Australia had the coin and interest to have supported something similar here? A factory-backed Charger would have […]

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BACK IN BLACK – 1982 VH COMMODORE

It’s undergone quite a few changes in the 21 years he’s owned it, but Shane Platts’s VH SL/E Commodore is still his first love. Like all first loves, it has ripped out his heart a time or two, but it’s a bond that’s tough to break. “I bought it with my dad back in 1998 […]

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V10 VIPER-POWERED CHARGER TO CROSS THE NULLARBOR FOR SUMMERNATS 33

For the past four years, Lennard Vidot has been building this ’68 Dodge Charger, and it’s a much different animal to the wild methanol-fuelled Holden he built 10 years ago. “I got the Charger out of California. It was an old drag car and it had a half cage and gutted interior. It was a […]

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BLACK BEAUTY – VK Calais

  As an early teen, Demi Newcombe’s bedroom walls were plastered with early-Commodore posters, and she later purchased a Calais of her own before she’d even learnt to drive! Buying one eight years ago – well before the price of early Commos headed north – has allowed Demi to put her hard-earned into a raft […]

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BLUE ANGEL – Giocattolo Group B

Talk About A Rare Occurrence Down at West Racing in Perth, Western Australia, I was fortunate enough to photograph not one, but two very unique Giocattolo Group Bs. How rare are these cars? Try only 12 production versions and three prototypes in Australia. The Giocattolo was the brainchild of Aussie Paul Halstead who was an […]

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