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Phil Gordon
Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon

Photographer and Writer

Email: philgordponphoto@aol.com
Born in Davenport, Iowa, Phil Gordon moved to South Florida at the age of two. With no true father figure, Phil's mother provided for him and taught him right from wrong. In his teen years, like most adolescents Phil got into trouble. In order to keep Phil on the right track, Phil's mom purchased a vehicle for him so that he would focus on more positive things. The '78 Toyota Celica wasn't a dream vehicle by any means however it kept Phil in school and helped him stay out of trouble. At the age of 16 he began focusing on turning his Celica into something he could be more proud of. Spending much of his teen years in high school and working odd jobs for the finances to pour into his new project, he turned his Celica into a show winner. Phil joined the South Florida car club called Bottom Out Miniz. T here he was able to learn more about car and truck building and responsibility by mandatory meetings. Phil graduated high school in 1995 and still had no direction as to where he would go from there. Superior grades allowed his decision to be greater having received a scholarship to college. During this period Phil brought his custom Celica to a Lowrider Magazine Show in Miami, Florida. At the show he met famed photographer Joe Greeves. T hat friendship grew into more like a father/son relationship and from there Phil had a plan of action. Attending T he University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and graduating with an Associate's Degree, Phil came back home to South Florida and attended T he Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Gathering another degree for photography, he joined forces with Peter Langone a world-renown photographer where Phil learned how to apply his photography skill set. Phil's break into the automotive industry began when Joe Greeves was booked at an event and couldn't cover a show in Central Florida. Joe called Phil and his last words to him were "Go get 'em son!" Covering the event got Phil's foot in the door and he hasn't looked back. He has shot vehicles and events for Lowrider Magazine, Mini Truckin' Magazine, Street Trucks Magazine, Truckin' Magazine, Braggen Rites Magazine, King of the Street Magazine, Road Rage Magazine, Out of Reality Magazine, Dub Magazine and Rides Magazine. Phil has done work for the Sun Sentinel Newspaper as well as local advertisement agencies. Phil credits his passion and dedication to his mother Phyllis who despite being a single working mother, has stood by him through thick and thin and gave him all the essential tools to be a man, his mentor and to his father figure Joe Greeves for believing in him. Without these integral pieces to the puzzle, the ending might be different.
  • More from Phil Gordon
  • 2008 Chevrolet Silverado - DNT H8T
    2008 Chevrolet Silverado - DNT H8T
    An All-Star Build from the Lone Star State
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    In 2008 Diego finally graduated high school, and true to his word, he went down to the Chevy dealership and picked out a brand-new 2008 Chevroley Silverado.


  • Scrapin the Coast 2014
    Scrapin the Coast 2014
    Scrapin 12 Years
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    When someone talks about the best show of the year, Scrapin the Coast is always in the discussion. Now in its 12th year and seemingly growing with each addition, Scrapin, as its nicknamed, has become the most attended show on the Gulf Coast.

  • 1964 Ford F-100 - Frankenstein
    1964 Ford F-100 - Frankenstein
    A 1964 F-100 with Chevy Bones
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    For the cabin of the F-100, Jason kept most of the stock parts, but was able to find the seat and gun rack from an old Ford graveyard that he generally uses to find parts.

  • 2014 Showfest
    2014 Showfest
    Rain Be Damned—700 Trucks!
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    The clouds rolled in and the rain started making the grounds of the new spacious Snowden Grove Amphitheatre a muddy mess, but it wouldn’t deter the 700 loyal and dedicated trucks that lined into the grounds for the 2014 Showfest.

  • 2004 Chevrolet Silverado - Wasted Vol. 2
    2004 Chevrolet Silverado - Wasted Vol. 2
    From Salvaged to Show Winner
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Owning an autobody shop comes with certain advantages. Mike Hathaway of Pensacola, Florida, got this Chevy for $600.

  • 1972 Chevrolet C10 - CRZN-LO
    1972 Chevrolet C10 - CRZN-LO
    Proof that Trucks Are Just as Cool as Hot Rods
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Let’s get to the real nitty-gritty of why we wholeheartedly embrace Ray Aquit in the custom truck world: He is now the proud owner of this classic yet crazy 1972 Chevrolet C10.

  • 1952 Chevrolet Rat Rod - Tetanus
    1952 Chevrolet Rat Rod - Tetanus
    Rust is a Way of Life for this Rat Rod
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    It all began with a stock 1952 Chevrolet pickup, which Jason found in need of some serious work. He always wanted to try his hand at a rat rod, so he shelled out some cash and brought it home.

  • Spring Break Nationals 2014 - Daytona Beach, Florida
    Spring Break Nationals 2014 - Daytona Beach, Florida
    Custom Trucks Invade Daytona Beach
    By Phil Gordon

    The 2014 Spring Break Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida, just held their 28th year of the show packed with thousands of vehicles at the Ocean Center convention.

  • The Gathering Show 4th Annual Car and Truck Show
    The Gathering Show 4th Annual Car and Truck Show
    By Phil Gordon

    For the fourth straight year, Common Treads Magazine presented The Gathering car and Truck Show, which was held at the Anderson Motor Speedway, located in the heart of Williamston, South Carolina.

  • 1940 Dodge Pickup - Infamous
    1940 Dodge Pickup - Infamous
    A Garage-Built Hot Rod From the Sunshine State
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    A Garage-Built Hot Rod From the Sunshine State


  • 1990 Chevy Suburban
    1990 Chevy Suburban
    Breathing New Life Into a Rescued Suburban
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Breathing New Life Into a Rescued Suburban

  • 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab - Optimus
    2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab - Optimus
    A Giant Amongst Giants
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Sitting on 20 inches of lift and 53-inch tires, this Ram rides high above the North Carolina asphalt. Combine that with massive bumpers, custom bodywork, and more than 1,000 lb-ft of torque and you have a monster that anybody would love to drive.

  • 1969 Chevy C10 - Restomod C10
    1969 Chevy C10 - Restomod C10
    Making The Most of Old and New
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Grady Shipp Jr. has been enjoying custom trucks for years and at one point had a bodydropped Toyota Tacoma that was featured in our sister publication, Mini Truckin' Magazine.

  • Slamfest 2013 - The 22nd Annual Show
    Slamfest 2013 - The 22nd Annual Show
    Florida’s Longest Running Show Gets Even Bigger!
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    As the longest and largest running show in Florida, Slamfest celebrated its 22nd year by setting its own record of attendance. Reaching over 500 show vehicles and well over a 1,000 spectators, Slamfest lived up to its reputation as Florida’s largest...

  • 2009 Ram 1500 - Acrophobia
    2009 Ram 1500 - Acrophobia
    Helping Resolve a Fear of Heights
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Tony Velaski of Theodore, Alabama, is a member of the Acro club and took the philosophy of "lower is better" to heart. This caused him to take his 2009 Ram 1500 to a lower level.



  • 2013 Summer Showdown
    2013 Summer Showdown
    Over 300 vehicles occupy North Peach Park
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Over 300 vehicles occupy North Peach Park

  • 2004 Chevrolet Silverado - Wasted
    2004 Chevrolet Silverado - Wasted
    This Tahoe-Clipped Chevy Rolls Low in the Sunshine State
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    This Tahoe-Clipped Chevy Rolls Low in the Sunshine State

  • 1957 Dodge D100 - Unfinished Business
    1957 Dodge D100 - Unfinished Business
    A Good Start on a Killer Build
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Scott Nadeau of Loxahatchee, Florida, has been in the custom vehicle scene for 15 years, but up until about a year ago he hadn’t built himself a truck.

  • Phil Gordon
    Phil Gordon
    Photographer and Writer at Truckin Magazine
    By Phil Gordon

    Born in Davenport, Iowa, Phil Gordon moved to South Florida at the age of two.

  • 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 - Kaos
    2005 Dodge Ram 1500 - Kaos
    A Custom Ram With South Florida Flavor
    By Patrick McCarthy, Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Twenty-three-year-old Joe De Sousa has always had a knack for automotive customization.

  • Spring Fling 2013
    Spring Fling 2013
    Tearing It Up in Panama City Beach, Florida
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Throughout the day, temperatures hit the high 90's, and everyone had a blast at Spring Fling 2013.

  • 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 - Vengeance
    2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 - Vengeance
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    GM’s independent front suspension on their ½-ton and ¾-ton trucks has been spurring debate from off-road enthusiasts from its onset. For Jake Struthers of Odessa, Florida, the thought of having a lifted truck on 40s without a solid axle was unfathoma...

  • 2011 Toyota Tundra - Tremendous Tundra
    2011 Toyota Tundra - Tremendous Tundra
    By Jacob Jackson
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    A Tundra Crew Max truck is already a big rig, but once DV8 Motorsports, in Lake Park, Florida, got their hands on it, the Toyota was giant.

  • Spring Break Nationals 2013
    Spring Break Nationals 2013
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    The 27th annual Spring Break Nationals were held March 2-3, 2013.

  • Blood Drag 2013
    Blood Drag 2013
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    After a brief hiatus, Blood Drag arrived back in South Florida.



  • 2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - Slammed SVT
    2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - Slammed SVT
    This Unconventional Lightning is the Perfect Blend of Speed and Style
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Brent Marks took his conventional 2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning and not only focused on horsepower and performance, but he also laid it down to the ground and turned it into a perfect blend.





  • Busted Knuckles: 1979 Chevy C10
    Busted Knuckles: 1979 Chevy C10
    Tuknutz
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Bobby Mast of North Port, Florida, bought himself a nice '79 Chevy C10 and took it upon himself to build it with just the help of some friends




  • The Afterlife: 2002 Dodge Ram
    2002 Dodge Ram - The Afterlife
    Deceased Dodge With a Sinister Attitude
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Deceased Dodge With a Sinister Attitude







  • 2011 Spring Fling - Web Exclusive
    2011 Spring Fling - Web Exclusive
    Vital Signs' Spring Fling in Panama City Beach, Florida
    By Phil Gordon
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Vital Signs' Spring Fling in Panama City Beach, Florida