A Little History
I started buying car magazines at the age of 15 years old, back then there were a multitude of titles available, my favourites were Street Machine and Custom Car although I did buy Hot Car and some of the other publications occasionally. Once I was old enough to drive, rather unsurprisingly, I was keen to modify the cars I had, my first couple of vehicles weren’t that inspiring but hey, we’ve all got to start somewhere haven’t we? In my twenties I bought my first American car, a 1976 Chevrolet Camaro that had the 2.8 litre straight six engine, it was a bit crusty around the edges but had the honeycomb wheels off a Trans Am and I loved it! From there cars came and went and I eventually got my first V8, my last Yank was a 1972 Dodge Dart that featured a modified 5.4 litre engine and was resplendent in it’s bright, Top Banana, yellow paint, it’s on the homepage.
It took over
I took part in an underground event in London called a Tunnel Run, a friend also was involved and was so taken with the event he decided to put on one for just American and Custom cars, that took place in 2008, I attended, took photos and wrote a piece that was subsequently published in Custom Car, imagine how chuffed I was. I had a few other pieces included after that and also managed to get a rare Camaro that was owned by a friend into Classic American magazine. For various reasons I sold my Dodge and bought a 1994 Volkswagen T4 instead, that was a bit of shock but it turned out to be a good move as my purchase coincided with the launch of VW Bus T4&5+ magazine, I of course contacted the Editor and offered my services. My first contribution was included in Issue 2 and I’ve been fortunate to have had features included ever since and a quite a few covers along the way too. Of course my van couldn’t stay in standard trim and now has a metal-flake paint-job that sparkles like a Christmas bauble when the sun hits it right, it’s running on whitewall tyres and has had the original wheels widened to accommodate the extra rubber, it’s also been treated to some cool pin-striping and an interior that features Mexican blankets.
A Legend Reborn
Street Machine magazine was relaunched in July 2017 and as soon as I found out it was coming back I was very keen to get involved and got in touch as soon as I could. I’ve had a few features included and imagine how proud I was when my work was the main cover photo of the June 2019 issue, my inner 15 year old was excited to say the least.
Onward into the Future
My portfolio has expanded to include the magazine that’s read by the cool kids, Hayburner, Volkswagen Camper & Commercial and I’ve even had photos from RSViP Networking included in the Nottingham Post colour supplement.
I am also able to write any text to accompany the images, generally 1000 – 1200 words of interesting and entertaining text, which is of course a very cost effective situation with regards to costing your magazine, if this is of interest then please get in touch.
Here are a few examples of my work from various titles