For those of us with a strong interest in the automotive scene, Australia Day traditionally sees many events happen from bbqs with your mates bullshitting about car related topics through to cruises with your local club or mates while bullshitting about car related topics. This year we could add a major event to our Australia Day program as the date fell on the same weekend as the Victorian Hot Rod show held in Melbourne at the historic Exhibition Building. Cars and bikes from far and wide were able to cruise up to the four day event and create a fantastic show outside while taking in the spectacle inside. Throw in some beautiful sunny weather and there was no excuse for not getting your ride out and going for a spin.
Inside saw a variety of new show cars on display from a wildly blown veedub beetle to an immaculately customized EH Holden. The usually flawlessly presented rods could also be found on show from 32 highboys to 40s coupes and sedans among others.
Upstairs kept budding rodders entertained from small scale drag racing and model cars through to a wide variety of trade stands ready to dress you or your ride up or to simply enhance your home or garage with art and memorabilia. Downstairs had its fair share of trade stands covering everything from clothing through to magazines on the very subject.
The closed off areas outside the World Heritage listed building catered for more club displays with Saturday hosting Australian marques while Sunday was reserved for the American breeds.
The picturesque Carlton gardens gave a stunning backdrop to the many rods, classics and custom found out front around the fountain and in the side lanes. A day could easily be lost perusing the show from inside and out but never wasted!
If you are yet to take in this automotive spectacle, why not make it your Australia Day tradition and come on down! Hey, bring your mates and it’ll give you something to bullshit about around the bbq next time…Yeah right! Like we need something to bs about!
Keep on cruizin’