How to photograph your car with Ellen Dewar

June 8, 2018

Welcome to the latest episode of the Performance Car Podcast. Joining MOTOR Magazine Associate Editor Scott Newman is head photographer for Bauer Trader Media Ellen Dewar.

Ellen has more than 20 years experience of car photography for MOTOR, Wheels, Street Machine, 4x4 Australia and many more and she imparts plenty of wisdom in this episode. Our chariot of choice is a car Ellen herself recently shot for us, the new Suzuki Swift Sport.

We have a quick chat about her background and how she started out (0:40) and she tells us what has changed in the industry since then (2:00).

With the digitalisation of media over her career, Ellen gives us an insight into new attitudes to photography, and the tendency for some photographers to now rely more heavily on Photoshop, rather than get it right with the camera (3:55).

On that note, we hear her top tips (4:50) and common mistakes (7:30) for photography, find out who helped Ellen become as good a snapper as she is today (10:35), and discover the things she wished she’d known when starting out (11:20).

As well as telling you herself what it’s like to work with us (13:00), Ellen recalls some of the most memorable shoots she’s embarked on, including a 24-hour stint at Le Mans (15:25).

This episode also happens to be chockers with advice for new photographers, particularly towards the end (18:15).

You can view the video from this episode at www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial.

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David Reynolds

March 1, 2018

MOTOR Magazine Associate Editor Scott Newman is joined by Supercar driver and 2017 Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds. Reynolds is one of the biggest characters in motorsport and was welcomed to the MOTOR fold as a judge at Performance Car of the Year 2018. 

Ahead of the 2018 Supercars season we catch up with Reynolds to discuss helping out at Performance Car of the Year 2018 (1:15), how life has changed since winning Bathurst (3:10), the challenge of winning the 2017 race (4:20), Reynolds' difficult early times at Bathurst (5:10), the challenge of Mount Panorama (6:45), how he got into motor racing (8:30) and his early career (9:30).

They also cover young drivers in Supercars (10:20), whether being a professional racing driver is everything it's cracked up to be (12:00), learning from more experience teammates (13:20), the importance of being yourself (14:00), looking up to Mark Skaife and Johnson and Friends (16:30).

Then it's on to the infamous 'Pussy Wagon' comments (18:00), the age of political correctness and getting fined (19:00), Shoeys (21:40), Supercars drivers being friends (22:00), how it affects the on-track action (23:10), the best drivers to race against (24:30).

These are just some of the topics covered in an epic chat with one of the good guys of motor racing. You can view the video from this episode at www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial and don't forget to check out www.motormag.com.au for all the latest performance car news and reviews.

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The Greatest Fast Commodores Ever

February 1, 2018

In this special lucky 13th episode of the Performance Car Podcast Associate Editor Scott Newman is joined by long-time MOTOR contributors David Morley and Tim Robson to discuss the greatest ever fast Holden Commodores, fittingly, from inside the last and greatest performance Holden of them all, the HSV GTSR W1. Topics include their first exposure to a fast Commodore (1:10), on-track struggles (2:10), Holden's response and their editorial support (3:00), Commodores in Europe (4:45), the best memories from 30 years of driving Holdens (5:30), Aussie engineering ingenuity (6:40), MOTOR's epic Around Australia drive (8:15), interviewing those in Holden's inner sanctum (10:30), Morley's marriage counselling (14:30), HSVs that have made an impression and how they've evolved (17:00), the mighty GTSR W1 (26:00), improving the last of the breed (27:35), thoughts on the factory closure (29:00). You can view the video from this episode at www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial and don't forget to check out www.motormag.com.au for all the latest performance car news and reviews.

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BMW Australia CEO Marc Werner

January 18, 2018

In the latest episode of the Performance Car Podcast MOTOR Magazine Associate Editor Scott Newman is joined by BMW Australia CEO Marc Werner. Speaking at the launch of the updated BMW 1 and 2 Series in Tasmania, the two cover how Marc came to be boss of BMW Australia (1:20), the unique nature of the Australian market (2:00), BMW chasing volume (3:20), Australian car pricing and parallel imports (4:20), BMW's Australia-only initiatives (6:15), the future of performance cars (8:00), how enthusiasts will enjoy driving in the future (10:00), the timeline of autonomous vehicles (12:25), which model best expresses BMW's Efficient Dynamics ethos (13:40) and his favourite memories from 20 years at BMW (14:30). You can view the video from this episode at www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial and check out www.motormag.com.au for more performance car news and reviews.

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John Bowe Part 2

November 30, 2017

In the second part of our in-depth chat with Australian motor racing legend John Bowe he discusses approaches from other iconic Supercars teams, his long relationship with Dick Johnson, his battles with mental illness, what he loves about driving, his toughest rivals and the one car and track combination on his bucket list. To view the video from this episode visit www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial and check out www.motormag.com.au for more performance car news and reviews.

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John Bowe Part 1

November 30, 2017

The latest episode of the Performance Car Podcast features one of Australia's finest ever racing drivers John Bowe. In the first part of this in-depth chat Bowe discusses his early days in single seaters, driving F5000 and 1970s F1 cars, Allan Grice's Bathurst lessons and bad boy image, older drivers and calling time on his full-time racing career. Check out part 2 for more tales from JB's racing past and present. To view the video from this episode visit www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial and check out www.motormag.com.au for more performance car news and reviews.

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Holden ZB Commodore

October 12, 2017

In the latest episode of the Performance Car Podcast MOTOR Magazine Associate Editor Scott Newman is joined by Holden's lead vehicle dynamics engineer Rob Trubiani in a prototype of the new ZB Commodore to discuss how Trubiani got started with Holden (0:54), what makes a good drivers' car and how the new Commodore fulfils this (3:20), the advantages of electric power steering (4:50), the opportunities a new vehicle platform provides (6:50), the new Twinster all-wheel drive system and how it gives the Commodore a 'rear-drive' feeling (8:15), its different drive modes (11:20), the importance of good steering (12:15), why Holden tunes cars for Australian conditions and what needed to change (14:20), attaining Nurburgring test driver certification and why manufacturers use it (16:50), setting a Nurburgring record lap time in a Holden VF Redline ute (21:45) and why enthusiasts should give the new Commodore a chance (24:10). To view the video from this episode check out www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial and visit www.motormag.com.au for more performance car news and reviews.

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Frankfurt Motor Show wrap

September 13, 2017

In this episode of the Performance Car Podcast MOTOR Magazine Associate Editor Scott Newman and Digital Journalist Chris Thompson discuss all the latest reveals from the Frankfurt Motor Show including the Mercedes-AMG Project One, Porsche 911 GT3 Touring, Renault Sport Megane RS and much more. You can watch the video from this episode at www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial and check out www.motormag.com.au for more performance car news and reviews.

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Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint - Part 2

August 11, 2017

In this episode of the Performance Car Podcast Dylan Campbell and Scott Newman are joined by XR8 Sprint owner Norm Ackland, who gives us an enthusiast's perspective on all things Ford Falcon. You can watch the video from this episode at www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial and for more performance car news and reviews check out www.motormag.com.au.

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Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint

July 18, 2017

In this episode of the Performance Car Podcast Dylan Campbell and Scott Newman are joined by Justin Capicchiano, program manager of the Ford Falcon Sprints, to discuss the Sprint from behind the wheel of the final Falcon V8, the 345kW XR8 Sprint. You can watch the video from this podcast at www.youtube.com/MOTORofficial and check out www.motormag.com.au for more performance car news and reviews.

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