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Through the Lens – Highlights & Outtakes from Goodguys’ Steven Bunker

Goodguys was lucky to land Steven Bunker when he joined our media team back in 2015. A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years.

With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip in the early 2000’s and capturing the action with his Canon camera. What he saw through the lens is what first captured our attention and led to an official invitation to join the media team. Steven’s creative eye and knack for finding four-wheeled action have made him a true asset to Goodguys. He’s logged countless miles on the road attending events and continues to refine his photography, learning new skills and upping his game every season.

We asked Steven to share a gallery of a few favorite images for this installment of Through the Lens. Not only will these photos give you a taste for his talent, but they also offer some insight into the interests and personality of a key player creating the content you see in the Goodguys Gazette and on

Photo captions by Steven Bunker

Steven Bunker photographer, 916 hot rod shop

I need to give credit and thanks to fellow photographer John Jackson for sharing his knowledge and teaching me how to light paint, which is how I captured this image of Bret Ervin’s 1963 Impala Wagon during a late summer night with the lights of Sacramento shining in the background.

Steven Bunker photographer, brittany force top fuel record

I snuck off to Las Vegas a few days early in 2019 to catch the NHRA National event the weekend prior to the SEMA Show and got one of the best seats in the house to watch Brittany Force reset the 1,000-foot Top Fuel speed record at 338.17mph. Nothing will prepare you for over 10,000 horsepower blasting by you less than 10 feet away.

Steven Bunker photographer, roseville rod and custom

Steven Bunker photographer, 1966 vw fastback

Jeff Garmeson’s 1966 VW Type III Fastback was photographed in a downtown Sacramento parking garage for a FuelCurve feature back in 2017.

Steven Bunker photographer, marc meadors funny car, fuel curve

Alright, so this isn’t one image, but I combined a couple images to do a see through visual of Marc Meadors’ 1970 Camaro Nitro Funny Car wearing the Fuel Curve livery back in 2017.

Steven Bunker photographer, rich guasco pure hell

Growing up a drag racing kid, Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” ‘32 Bantam Fuel Altered is a true icon to me. This shot was taken at the 2016 Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals during the Friday Night Drags at Pacific Raceways.

Steven Bunker photographer, speedway motors nova

Anyone that knows me knows I have a soft spot for first-gen Novas, and the Team Speedway ‘65 was an exciting car to photograph during the 2015-2016 seasons.

Steven Bunker photographer, jason graham hot rods

Steven Bunker photographer, bill herb

Steven Bunker photographer, jason line pro stock

Steven Bunker photographer, bobby hilton hot rods

Steven Bunker photographer, roger holder small tire camaro

Steven Bunker photographer, eddyville raceway

During the 2017 Heartland Nationals in Des Moines I caught wind of a drag race an hour away. I loaded up my stuff Friday after the show and hit the road to catch Nitro Funny Cars and Fuel Altereds match race at Eddyville Raceway.

Steven Bunker photographer, will martin funny car

Back in 2012 I witnessed this wild run of Will Martin in his nitro-burning Nostalgia Funny Car at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, CA. Miraculously, Will gathered it up without hitting anything. I vividly remember this moment and thinking he was coming straight at me.

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.