YOUNG GUN

CHARLIE SANT

STORY ANDREW BROADLEY

17, ROSSMORE, NSW

WITH a surname like Sant, this young fella was always destined to be a car guy. Son of Paul Sant of ProFlo fame, and nephew of gun Mark, Charlie has always had a strong passion for modified cars that has manifested in this stunning HK Kingswood. Beautly, heís finished it just in time for his P-plates, and as far as first cars go, itís up there with the best weíve seen!

Nice car, Charlie! Tell us all about it.

I bought it about two years ago from one of my cousins. It was a pretty original car with a 186 and three-speed manual in it, and the build started from there. It wasnít meant to turn out as good as it did; it just kept snowballing like these things do. The original plan was to lower it and make it look cool, then my uncles and my dad started to encourage me and they kind of pushed it along. Now itís got a 350 Chev and Turbo 350 in it, and a nine-inch with a Strange centre and billet axles. Daniel and Luke from Kingpins Kustom Paint did the paint in a custom-mixed blue to match the interior.

Youíre probably one of the youngest Young Guns weíve ever had in Street Machine. Youíve obviously been into cars from an early age?

Yeah, my whole life. Itís all Iíve ever really been interested in. Iíve always been keen on cars and as Iíve got older Iíve become more and more involved. Iíve been really privileged in the sense that Iíve had the opportunity to hang around the shop as a kid and pursue it as a career.

THE HK IS TOO NICE A CAR FOR ME, REALLY! THE NEXT ONE WONíT BE AS NEAT AND ITíLL BE MORE AIMED AT POWERCRUISE AND RACING

What was it like growing up as a kid with ProFlo Performance in your backyard?

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It was mad! Iíve seen some cool cars getting built here over the years. Some of those cars have been really influential and helped shape the car scene. Iíve got to meet some really cool people, made a lot of great mates and learnt off some of the best.

What do you do for a crust?

Iíve been working at the shop for two years now, and Iím in the second year of my light vehicle mechanic apprenticeship. But I get to do a bit of fabrication, working engines, putting cars together; whatever. on We build turnkey cars, so I get to have a bit of a go at everything. Dadís a good boss and he treats me just like every other employee in the shop.

Youíve got a pretty keen interest in automotive art and photography, too.

Iíve been drawing cars forever, and Iíve been taking photos of events and cars at the workshop for Facebook. Iím starting to do a bit of video stuff as well. Iím just interested in anything to do with cars, really!

How do you see your future in the industry panning out?

Iíd like to stay at ProFlo and just keep doing what Iím doing. I want to get better and better for myself, and this job gives me the opportunity to do a wide variety of work on a lot of high-end builds. just want to keep on working at that and improving my skills. The HK definitely wonít be the last car build, either.

MY JOB AT PROFLO GIVES ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO A WIDE VARIETY OF WORK ON A LOT OF HIGH-END BUILDS

Working in that environment must give you a lot of ideas for projects!

One hundred per cent! I wonít be building anything else anytime soon, but the next car will be nothing like the HK; itís too nice a car for me, really! The next one wonít be as neat and itíll be more aimed at Powercruise and racing and that type of thing. But I guess itís like everything; these projects tend to blow out.

Any plans to further develop the Kinger?

Iím really rapt with it how it is, and just want to drive it. One day weíll probably end up building a bigger and better engine for it, but I donít really want to it touch is. s the rest of the car; I reckon itís perfect how it is.