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Flash Cars

by Murray Cammick


This week we are very pleased to welcome Murray Cammick to Capture with a selection of photographs from his Flash Cars series.

We hope they will inspire you all to share your own captures of flash, or not so flash, cars in the comments.

Street Music: 1970s Auckland nightlife through the lens of Murray Cammick

I photographed V8 cars and night life in Queen Street, Auckland for about five years from 1974 to 1979, starting as a photography student at Elam under the esteemed tuition of John Turner and the late great Tom Hutchins. As I took thousands of photos in a very visually stimulating environment it is hard work sorting them out. For this series I wanted to expose photos that had never been seen before and not a part of the two "Flash Cars" exhibitions I did at Snaps Gallery in 1976/1977. In the same year as the second exhibition took place I started co-publishing RipItUp magazine and my lens became more focused on the music scene than Queen Street, but I do recall checking out Queen Street after attending shows, to see what cars were in town. I would park my Morris 1000 in a side street before checking out the main drag. Thanks to Alec for helping with the captions and I would like to contact people who appear in these photos, so if you or your car appear here please contact me at

Pushing a 1957 4 door Chevrolet Bel Air near the now demolished Century Theatre. Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011

Big and beautiful 1959 Cadillac 4 door pulls away from the curb. Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011

Te Atatu regulars with their 1957 Ford Custom 300. A rare set-up shot. Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011

1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible from South Auckland. EH and HQ Holdens parked behind. Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011

1959 Ford Sedan, owner Ray Pritchard at left. Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011

Zephyr MkII 1958 (approx) at The Corner (which was John Courts Department store, and is now Whitcoulls). Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011

1961 Ford Fairlane, driver might be called Tui. Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011

On a quiet night the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air may have been a visitor from the Bay of Plenty. Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011

Backdrop is a 1967/8 Falcon panel van. Moments later the beer bottle caused the Police to stop and interrogate the guy. Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011

Back in the day The White Lady was parked on the Queen St / Shortland St corner. Front car is 1959 Ford Sedan and a 1957 Ford Custom 300 is curbside. Photo: © Murray Cammick 2011