Adventures In Speed
The Other Side

For years now, Speedhunters has been my portal to a high-octane world packed with crazy adventures, amazing characters and of course the best builds on the planet. It’s been a part of my morning ritual. Coffee. Toast. Speedhunters.

Most mornings of the week, Dino, Paddy, Larry, or one of the other guys would transport me from my boring office to somewhere new and exciting. Each day could be a workshop, a race track, a desert, anywhere really. Regardless of where exactly it was, you were guaranteed that there’d be some pretty cool shit waiting for you on the other side. And now it’s my turn to take you guys and girls out on some amazing Speedhunting adventures.


When Speedhunters asked if I could think of anything happening in Australia that might be of interest to this community of car addicts, I replied with a big fat ‘YES!’. The timing couldn’t have been any more perfect for that question to be asked either. You see, Australia has always had a thriving car scene, but over the past couple of years things have been evolving at an exponential rate. I can’t remember a more exciting time than right now to be involved with the automotive industry Down Under.

After giving the you guys a taste of the scene through the great IAmTheSpeedhunter initiative, I’ve been invited to hang around and continue to bring the very best of the Australian scene on a more regular basis. So it’s time to get busy. I’ve already made the important phone calls and drawn up a solid game plan; the ball is already rolling on our first wave of adventures. We’re all in for some good times ahead.


If you’re from Australia or possibly even further abroad, you may already know me, or at least be familiar with some of my work. The rest of you are probably wondering who the hell is this new guy? I know that was always my initial thought whenever I’d a see a new addition to the roster. Getting better acquainted feels like the polite thing to do before we hit the road together, so let’s take a quick look at who I am and how I ended up here on the other side of the looking glass.

The Elevator Pitch

I’ll keep this next chapter short and simple for the story skimmers (that’s right, I know you’re out there).

First and foremost, I’m just like you; I’m a petrol-head. I’m based in Sydney, Australia. I’m a lover of all things that travel at great speed and make loud noises. I’ve been an active part of Sydney’s car scene for as long as I’ve owned a car. I’m particularly fond of older Nissans. I’m an award-winning photographer. I enjoy sharing stories. I love going on adventures. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to sharing the people, places and cars of Australia with the rest of the world.


If I’m not out pursuing speed, I’m either avoiding trouble with my friends or working as a freelance photographer. I’ve been shooting feature cars, motorsport and products for various magazines, companies and a websites for the past few years. More recently, I’ve been shooting larger commercial projects too. That’s cool, but what does this all mean for you guys? Well, it means we’ve got friends in almost all segments of Australian car culture. Some, who also own amazing toys. Having friends across all areas of the scene also means that together we’ll get to see some of the very best and wildest events held across the country.


There’s more to Speedhunting than pretty pictures though; you really need a deeper appreciation of not just the body work or engineering responsible for those hefty power figures, but also for the people that build these wild creations. That’s precisely what I’m hooked on, and I’m guessing why I was invited to join Speedhunters. As excited as I am to join the team, I’m also slightly intimidated. I feel as though I owe this community so much after enjoying the hard work of others for so long. It’s time to pay my debt and bring you guys the very best in Australian car culture.


I plan on bringing you guys a little bit of everything while I’m here. Australiana, JDM, muscle, hot rods, circuit racers, dragsters, drifters. I’d love to hear what you guys want to see and read more about.

Traditionally, we Australians have been fairly isolated from the rest of the globe; it’s time to change that. Feel free to let me know what interests you guys by throwing some requests in the comments section below.

An Unusual Beginning

I think I’ve successfully covered what I’m all about and hinted about what’s coming up. I know that some of you out there will want a bit more backstory though. This is for you. This is for those of you escaping work whilst sipping your morning coffee, for those trying to make the most of a long, boring commute home, and also for the aspiring photographers who study every word for that next tip or source of motivation to take their game to the next level.


I’d love to be able tell you that I’ve been shooting from a young age, possibly on my dad’s hand-me-down camera, or that I’m fulfilling a childhood dream. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. My journey to this point has been a series of smaller and seemingly random adventures, some very fortunate chance encounters, a sprinkle of hard work and of course a metric shitload of passion, to the candle-burning through those more challenging times.


The catalyst for this crazy adventure was actually me wanting annoy my then girlfriend (now wife). We’d just returned from a few weeks away in beautiful Thailand equipped only with her Canon IXUS 75 point-and-shoot camera. Apparently, I took way to many photos on it and when we returned to Sydney I needed to buy my own.

I will always remember the expression on her face when she first noticed my newly acquired Nikon D90 strapped around my neck and the golden packaging it shipped in taking up half the kitchen bench. It was a priceless moment. Apparently a semi-professional DSLR was not the sort of camera she had in mind. Surprise, baby! Nowadays I shoot my Evolution IX when I’m wanting to test an idea or feel like a no-pressure therapeutic shoot.


I was completely hooked from day one. I’d always had an interest in art and loved to take snapshots on cameras of friends, but this newfound ability to create unleashed something inside that I never knew existed. Naturally being a car guy, I first turned my lens towards my own car (an Evolution VII at the time), and any of my friends’ cars that I could convince into hanging out while I snapped away happily.


Inspiration came from the talented contributors of Australian magazines like Street Machine, Fast Fours & Rotaries, Performance Imports and, of course, websites like Speedhunters. Pretty soon it wasn’t me bugging friends, it was random strangers asking how much for me to shoot their cars. Really? You’re willing to pay me to do what I love? And it was shooting cars for friends that gave me my first real break. As luck would have it, a school friend of mine had just built an outstanding 1952 Holden FX ute with his old man. The car was unveiled and won ‘Best of Show’ at a General Motors event. Street Machine magazine needed a couple of a shots to give it a small feature and again, luckily, I already had a stack of images.


After getting my start in the magazine world I continued to work mostly alone; most of my mates preferred spanners over cameras. It was after a few years of running as a lone wolf that I wanted to check in with the rest of the photographic world. So I entered the Australian Professional Photography awards. Not to win, just to interact with like-minded people and to see how my work stacked up against the rest of the country. I was competing against some of my photographic heroes and somehow I managed to win Advertising Photographer of the Year. Shortly after that is when things really hit hyperdrive.


Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to travel across Europe and Japan a couple of times with camera in hand. Funnily enough, it was only after venturing abroad that I fully realised the true wealth of the Australian car scene and its many subcultures.

Chasing Speed

I’ve been involved in Sydney’s car scene for as long as I’ve held a license; hell, maybe even longer now that I think about it. More specifically, I was an original member of Skylines Australia, which a small group of us formed after riding on the coat tail of New Zealand’s Skyline club, Skylines Downunder, for some years. From memory, I think I’m member 13 of what would now have over 200,000 international forum subscribers.

It wasn’t long before the club heard that I’d been shooting and hit me up to cover some club-level motorkhana events and eventually even organise a calendar or two. This is where I started to explore capturing action.

Other clubs and local websites saw the results and again my portfolio continued to grow organically, as did my passion for capturing the action of motorsport. It was such a rush! No plans, no lighting diagrams; if you weren’t ready and you missed a moment, it was gone forever.


If any aspiring photographers are still reading, I’d recommend you spend a year or two shooting club-level events. Not only do you get to learn the rules and how to break them in a more relaxed environment, you’re also growing a stronger understanding of how to safely shoot cars at great speed while you’re out there practising.


Besides, you never know who else is driving at these events. I’ve made some amazing friends and contacts who’ve moved up the food chain and provided access to great opportunities.


I might sound like a boring old man throwing this in here, but I’ve seen way too many enthusiastic shooters at their first event putting themselves at great risk to ultimately get a shot that’s not worth the consequences if things go wrong.


The more I shot, the more I fuelled my own growing addiction. Shooting motorsport was fun and the faster the cars, the bigger the rush. But it wasn’t until I visited my first serious racing event as media (World Time Attack Challenge), that I’d understand the full rush of adrenaline that shooting motorsport could offer. You need to act fast and think on your feet. Choosing the right locations, framing up an image from your mind as it happens, waiting for your target, not too unlike a sniper. You’re sitting literally as close to the action as possible, aside from the drivers of course.


WTAC 2011 was also the first time I met some of the guys from Speedhunters. I had to dig through the site archives to find this shot Dino took of a whole bunch of shooters trying to ‘group levitate’ to pass the downtime after a drifting incident which left the track soaked in oil. I thought it was very fitting that World Time Attack Challenge 2016 would be my first official Speedhunters event.


Hopefully you’ve got a better idea of who’s hiding behind this new name appearing on Speedhunters. More importantly, I hope that you’ll enjoy our future adventures.

We’re heading to Adelaide for some classic racing at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival shortly, and I’ve got a strong line-up of cars that I hope will redefine what you know of Australia’s tuning scene.

Matthew Everingham
Instagram: matthew_everingham



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Loved the story Matt, great to see another Australian join the team as well!

Brief question, what are your go-to lenses?


Dude, I'm so excited to have another Aussie back on the scene. After Blake moved to Japan I was devastated (though I bet he was psyched!).

Seriously looking forward to your future stories!


KieranLucasMaguire The following lenses are always in my backpack.
17-35mm 2.8
24-70mm 2.8
70-200mm 2.8
2x Teleconverter when required.
Although not in my kit, a 400mm 2.8 is always something I consider hiring for larger events.


Man, must say, GREAT shots. 787b is my all time favorite car, bar none.


Awesome Matt, love the photos you've shared in this editorial & look forward to seeing your coverage of events


Giddy up!


I'm taken by surprise that someone can make $9506 

in one month on the computer ...........


Welcome to the team Matt! I'm pretty sure we're the ones that need to lift the bar - your photos have always been top tier.


NickMunro Thanks for your support Nick - Matt is absolutely the guy to hand the baton to!


Welcome aboard, Matt. Very excited to work with you and follow your adventures from Australia.


Welcome to the team mate. 
The Street Machine photo shoot of the Blown Outlaws Datto is unreal. Keep up the solid work. 
I am looking forward to what feature cars you have coming up...


More straight 6 Falcons!


Amazing shots dude. I'm looking forward to more.


Just as you i am into photography, i love reading
stories and have breakfast at office with speedhunters being scrolled with my
right hand and a croissant and coffee in the left hand. 
One thing i´ve learned from past years
through SH contributors lenses is to admire diversity and respect every vision;
although i love Old school scene, but watching crazy swaps, slammed cars,
-stanced- ferraris, crazy colored lambos, etc and reading stories on how those
dreams came true has made me admire every owner, every detail and the effort
they make to empower their vision. 
Please receive a warm welcome from the other side of
the world from a tiny little country called Guatemala. I´ve watched your
recently work and thanks for sharing this awesome pics from this read.
Hope to see some more of Datsun scene, I know that
Australia has some counterparts models we know in latin American countries but
never touch US ground; as that crazy supercharged Sunny truck you shared.
Welcome again!!


fan of this guy

Gianluca FairladyZ

good one


SAU got a mention!
Hell yeah!


just before I looked at the bank draft for good I accept cousin was trully taking home money in their spare time from there pretty old laptop.............(Copy And Open This)❥━━★━❥ᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵhttp://www.daily.jobs14.ℂℴℳᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵ


marlonsamuel Thank you for the kind words.
My next feature car will interest you greatly ;) There's a hint as to what it is in this story.
Yes, I'm still using Nikon. D800 at the moment.


Blake Jones Thanks man. Hopefully I make you proud while you're off enjoying the JDM lifestyle. ;)


You just gained another fan sir :) Your pictures are amazing, and I feel like I can relate in the sense I am at the beginning of where you started with photography. Haha, mostly taking pictures of my Evo8 (yay for Evo friends!) and friends cars when I can bug them to adventure out. Can't wait to see more from you!


I'm shocked that someone able to profit $8730 in a few weeks on the internet 

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I'm a 15 year old from Sydney, Australia who is into cars and photography. Speedhunters lets me combine both of those passions. I'm so glad I found it and that I can get to see more of Australian car culture. Amazing shots mate, I downloaded almost all of them. I cant wait for more and would suggest doing something on rural ute culture. It's pretty unique to Australia. Cheers for all the photography tips!



Pete the perfect pilot

Hopefully You'll do just fine, but don't neglect the rotaries, which seem a little light in your coverage too date.


Nice to have you with Speedhunters, and great shots! That shot with Mad Mike and the that a combination shot or real? Did they really let him drift that close to it?!?!


I cant believe that some one able to earn $8736 

in 2 weeks on the computer .


Ìf you have some free tÌme use Ït to make a little extra cash onlÏne... look at the lÌnk lÌsted on my profile for more info


isn’t about
having the outright fastest car in the  field. For some it’s about building and
finding the limits of a car they connect with.


Magic happens when the desire to build and refine   something unique is
stronger than the desire for outright victory in just another well-proven
chassis. I don’t


know about you, but I’m glad for Paul’s philosophy and also the   results
of his time and effort. This 1971 Datsun 240Z ranks right up there as
one most impressive cars I’ve ever encountered. Every angle is perfect and
every modification is This


is one of those builds that’s almost impossible to
break eye contact
   with. It commands attention and every additional minute you
spend in its presence is rewarded by the car revealing more small and subtle
details that need to


be appreciated. Our shoot was on a
relativel   tight schedule and I still ended up shooting off over 100 extra
snaps of this car than I needed to. I was powerless.


Would love to see more features on cars over there that we never got state side!


Pete the perfect pilot There's two rotors on my hit list already. :)


D1RGE The cars and drivers were shot in situ. The motion was added in post production to achieve the look we needed. :)


Welcome! Great background story.. look forward to your passion and coverage of the Australian car world. Even as a local it's fascinating to see the crazy variety of the scenes/niche pockets down here. If you're into rare, slightly rusty JDM's, come to Tassie;)

Best of luck in the new role!


my neigbour recently purchased Infiniti FX SUV 

just by part time work ..............


Andy always comes up with some crazy shots, must be the beard! =P
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what Grace replied I'm startled that any body can make $6284 in 1 month on the computer . (Copy And Open This)



Love your work matt. Looking forward to seeing you capturing Aussie content.


I am personally earning around $1000 every month from these. And trust me,

I don’t work more than 30 minutes on these sites provided below-


Probably the best Automotive photography I've ever seen. 
For me the shot of your EVO in the rain is the best. Its incredible. 
Cannot wait to see more.


Hopefully the falcon gets some love!


ROYFZ Sooner than you know ;)


JLWturbo Thank you :)