THE old saying goes, ‘build it and they will come.’ Well MotorActive built it and enthusiasts flocked to Meguiar’s MotorEx Melbourne in record numbers. Over the weekend of July 19 to 20, some 28,400 spectators piled through the gates of the Melbourne Showgrounds to be enthralled by three halls bursting with spectacular vehicles and cutting edge exhibitors. That’s a MotorEx attendance record! On top of this, almost another 10,000 viewers tuned into the six hours of action that was Livestreamed across the Saturday and Sunday. Comments floating around social media on the days following included, “biggest indoor show Melbourne has ever seen,” and “best show ever.”
High praise indeed, however nobody could argue that MotorEx Melbourne was brimming with interesting machinery, with each pavilion having a unique, yet equally-good vibe all the weekend. As always, Saturday morning’s FreeStyle Rides Inauguration was a huge crowd puller, with impressive crowds filling all available floor space. For 2014, the delectable FreeStyle Rides lovelies, Hayley and Monique slid the covers off nine killer cars and three wild bikes. It was ohhs, ahhs and rousing applause all ’round.
Meguiar’s MotorEx is Australia’s premier indoor show and never fails to attract Australia’s largest field of super-elite show stoppers – and MotorEx Melbourne was definitely no exception. A phenomenal 38 of Australia’s absolute-best, modified vehicles (23 of which had never been seen in Melbourne before) fought it out for ultimate bragging rights and over $50,000 in prize money – not to mention the imposing, masterpiece billet trophies.
With the judges scores tallied, there were a couple of standout victors. Nathan Borg’s giant-killing Datsun 1600 ute took out Meguiar’s Best of Breed Street Machine and a swag of Superstars Open awards, including; four gold medals, two silver and a bronze – this ballistic machine is one of the very few cars in Meguiar’s Superstars history to score a score a medal in every category!
The other top accolade at MotorEx, Best of Breed Hot Rod, went to second generation hot rodder, Chris Langford with his ultra-clean 1932 Ford coupe. Another big trophy winner was Inaugurated-entrant, John Saad, who had the covers slid off his over-the top, HOK galaxy Grey Mazda RX3. This sensationally-finished, feature-packed, pocket-rocket also picked a host of trophies including; a gold, two silver and a bronze.
3M Street Elite is the biggest and fastest-growing category at MotorEx and made up the vast proportion of the impressive FreeStyle Rides pavilion. Standing atop the pavilion’s entry foyer, spectators couldn’t help but be completely gobsmacked as they looked out across the vast, glittering array of awesome machinery. A number of spectators were heard to comment, “you mean there’s still another two halls to go!”
Being the biggest MotorEx category, also means 3M Street Elite is fiercely competitive. With new competitors going all-out for chance to make the winners roll call. When the dust had settled, the four, premier, 3M Street Elite Pinnacle awards went to; Reece Christensen (Street Machine) in his 1960 Chevy Biscayne, Jeffery Jorgensen (Hot Rod) in his marron 1941 Willys Roadster, Paul Vanzella (Custom Cruizer) in his Richard Zochi-built 1960 Dodge Pioneer and Shane Kennett (Tuner) in his ballistic 2002 Ford Laser.
With the rise in popularity of classic Aussie and American muscle cars, Muscle Car Marvel is another MotorEx highlight. The VE Club, Falcon GT Club of Australia, REV Classics and the HSV Owners Club all came out in force for MotorEx 14, supported by a host of individual Muscle Car Marvel entrants. However it was the Falcon GT Club of Australia that cleaned up big time. They not only took out Best Club display, club member, Peter Rujanoski, picked up Best Factory Muscle with his immaculate, Starlight Blue 1970 XW Phase II GTHO.
With different hosts putting together Real Street Blvd on Saturday and Sunday, the roll up of cars on each day was polar opposites. For Saturday, 100mm arranged predominantly late-model, tuner cars. While Alfa Fibreglass assembled a far more traditional array of cars on Sunday. Both were favourites, attracting a constant flow of appreciative spectator traffic. This broad diversity is one of the key elements in the overriding popularity of Meguiar’s MotorEx.
The Touring Car Masters and Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-hour machinery were a big hit with spectators and international celebrities alike. Rev-head at heart, race driver and international movie mega-star, Eric Bana, swung past on Sunday to check out the F.X.D-sponsored Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 he co-drove at the 2014 12-Hour. Mr Bana was also a great sport, enthusiastically posing for numerous happy snaps. Savy Motorsport had the four-drivers from the four TCM front runners they field, on hand for signings. Also putting pen to poster several times over the weekend was John Bowe, Gary Myers, Jake Myers and Jack Le Brocq (Erebus GT Racing).
Continuing with Motorsport theme of the Liqui-Moly Performance Garage, MotorEx featured representatives from various drag racing categories along with a ten-strong, burnout corral. The corral had a crowd around them all weekend, with many spectators being invited to sit in the cars for a memorable photo op. A burnout standout was Michael Dobell’s silver tonner, MR-HQ-2U, with its giant metal mountain bursting out the bonnet. It was one of the most photographed cars at Meguiar’s MotorEx Melbourne.
Across the weekend, a number of cars were strapped to the Dyno Dymanics truth machine (aka, DynoTech chassis dyno). With an eye-watering 749rwhp, Yella Terra’s development mule set the top power figure. The APS-tuned, silver GTS features a 6.2-litre LS3 with upgraded internals and is topped with Yella Terra’s new 2.9-litre Enforcer supercharger. Every time a car ran, spectators stool several deep to watch the rage in the cage.
And when we say Meguiar’s MotorEx Melbourne had it all, we really mean it. There was Holden’s brilliant concept cars (Efijy, Coupe 60 and Hurricane) with GM Holden’s Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo, on hand contentedly chatting with spectators all weekend. All 108 traders reported brisk business with a number literally run off their feet. The Fox Museum had their metal craftsman in action, there was live detailing exhibitions, rare exotica and more merchandise than you could poke a stick at.
Capping it all off was Australian Hip Hop royalty, Bliss N Eso. The trio of Jonathon, Max and Tarik brought the house down when the officially debuted their insane House of Kolor Limetime green VW Kombi which doubles as a mobile DJ booth. Their impromptu performance really got the crowd pumped up.
MotorActive took the decision to alternate Meguiar’s MotorEx between Sydney and Melbourne to keep the show fresh and maintain interest. With 70 per cent new entrants and a record 28,400 spectators through the door – that’s two big ticks. Well done Melbourne! We can’t wait to see what Sydney does to top that for MotorEx 2015. Bring it on!
The sport of modified cars is much the poorer after the passing of Laurie Starling. Everyone who knew Laurie will be saddened by his death, he was a genuinely good guy. Everyone at MotorActive considered Laurie to be part of our family, therefore our deepest condolences go to Laurie’s immediate family and friends.
Extraordinary vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, which is what makes the world of customisation and personalisation so amazing. You never know where you’ll end up when builders abandon constraint and let their imagination and creativity take over – which is what Exhibition class is all about. It’s brimming with brilliantly-executed, sensationally-finished, attention-grabbing machinery that does not fit into any of the traditional Meguiar’s MotorEx categories. That’s why nobody knows for sure what will be the stand-out attractions in this category. However you can be guaranteed of this; they’ll be bold, they’ll be unique, they’ll be mind-blowing and they’ll definitely be the talk of the town. So don’t miss it! Click here to read the full story
If you’re looking for the toughest-of-the-tough, ultra-wild streeters that refuse to tow the line, or all-out competition monsters – ProComp is where you’ll find them.Many of the vehicles on display represent the highest performers of their specific genre. Some of the standout examples will include burnout weapons, extreme pro tourers, drag racers, circuit racers, drift cars and dyno monsters. Make sure you swing by for your performance fix. Click here to read the full story
This category is open to select, individual vehicles and car clubs that cater to the types of vehicles that fit within the spirit of Muscle Car Marvel. While not a concourse category, vehicles represented in Muscle Car Marvel should feature nominal modifications that allow the vehicle to retain its original character, or modifications in keeping with era of the vehicle. Click here to read the full story
The 3M Street Elite Showcase is where elite-level finish meets street practicality. Each of the stunning vehicles entered in 3M Street Elite Showcase exhibits an elite-level of detail and finish, however they’ve been specifically designed and built to be registered and street driven. And it’s not all about good looks and breathtaking presentation, vehicles must incorporate a high-degree of innovation, practicality and usability to have any chance of being a front runner this intensely-competitive category.
It’s official! Melbourne wins the Meguiar’s MotorEx State of Origin. Although final numbers are not in yet, more than 28,000 Melbournites officially piled through the doors of the Melbourne Showgrounds for Meguiar’s MotorEx Melbourne 2014. Click here to read the full story
The undisputed, heavyweight champions of the Automotive scene! One of the highlights at MotorEx is the Meguiar’s Superstars Championship. Superstars recognises and rewards quality and craftsmanship at the absolute top level of customisation, making these the most sought after modified car awards in the country Click here to read the full story
Since debuting HRD WRK at MotorEx 13 in Sydney, Nathan Borg has fully repainted and retrimmed his mighty Datsun 1200 ute. Mind you calling this his HOK Blue Blood ute a Datsun is a little bit of stretch, as very single aspect of this incredible machine has been completely remanufactured – some of it up to three times! Click here to read the full story
Thirty-year-old, Chris Langford, is a second generation hot rodder. His father, Ken, has built a number of well-known rods.
“I got sick of driving dad’s cars, so I decided to build one of my own,” says Chris. Click here to read the full story
It was big, it was bold it was epic. The first, ever FreeStyle Rides Inauguration in Melbourne certainly went off with a bang and was a huge hit with the throng of appreciative spectators! The lovely, Lycra-clad FreeSyle Rides ladies slid the black, silk cloths off 12 never seen before block busters and was a very prestigious moment for all the owners and builders of these incredible machines. What can I say; greatest inauguration ever! Let’s look at the 2014 line-up: Click here to read the full story
At Meguiar’s MotorEx it’s all about the cars. While other shows pride make themselves on their exclusivity, at Meguiar’s MotorEx we go out of our way to welcome the broadest range of modified enthusiast vehicles possible. Click here to read the full story
Stroll around any car show and you’ll inevitably hear at least one tale of mishaps and frantic, last-minute thrashes to get their ride finished and at the show – Meguiar’s MotorEx is no different. A case in point is Sydney-based mates, Damien ‘Chubby’ Lowe with crème VH Commodore and John Spinks in the blue LX Torana hatchback. Here’s what adversities the pair had to overcome on their road to this weekend’s MotorEx Melbourne. Click here to read the full story
The FreeStyle Rides Inauguration is one of the most highly anticipated events at Meguiar’s MotorEx. It’s always a favourite, attracting huge, appreciative crowds – it really kicks the show into high gear. For owners and builders, getting that highly-sought after invite to join the chosen few is quite a distinction, as it adds considerable prestige to any vehicle’s big debut. Click here to read the full story
From the early hours of this morning, over 400 of Australia’s best custom, performance and collectable machines began filing through the doors of Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, for the 2014 Meguiar’s MotorEx – the Greatest Rides on Show. Click here to read the full story