One of Australia’s pinnacle automotive events has always been the Victorian Hot Rod show held at the heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building situated in the Carlton Gardens. Showcasing Victoria’s, as well as Australia’s best rods, customs and classics in both two and four wheels, this year the iconic event went one better with a Kingpin Kuztum empowered custom car and rockabilly party held outside the main building.
Although the weather wasn’t going to be part of the party, threatening to put a dampener on all outside proceedings with intermittent showers, as has been proven in the past with any event Kingpin Kuztum owner, Rob is in charge of, he builds it and they will come!
They came in their droves determined not miss out on an opportunity to display their pride and joys while taking in the numerous bands headlining the social occasion. The quality of the custom rides coming through the gates was high too with a number of highly detailed custom machines cutting a path through the haze and spray of the Melbourne weather just to take part. Chamois were the order of the morning as highly polished paint schemes were rid of their beaded complexions.
Inside the main hall under the decorative arches, a wide selection of pristine automotive machinery could be scrutinized over, thanks to stunning displays of chrome, lighting and mirrors. Complementing the elite class of cars and bikes were regularly driven, personally styled rods and rides encompassing the wider scope of our classic automotive scene in all its glory.
I had the pleasure of being part of the inaugural Vic Hot Rod show and Kinpin Kuztums rockabilly party pinup competition as the photographer. Five stunning rockabilly inspired pinup models had the opportunity to strut their style in front of the camera with the car of their choice. As it was a competition, there needs to be a winner which was determined by the winning image judged by an experienced panel of fellow enthusiasts. Miss Buttercup Blue took out the honours for her classic centerfold style rear seat pose. As a reward for all the girls’ well deserved efforts on the day, they will all receive a selection of finished images for their own keepsakes as a memento of the occasion.
From all accounts, the combination of the rockabilly party in conjunction with the Vic Hot Rod show was such a success, plans are afoot to make it a permanent part of the three day event ensuring the show will remain a main feature in any automotive enthusiasts’ calendar for many years to come!
Running any event of this magnitude isn’t an easy task so a big pat on the back must be given to all involved, be it organising, running or participating with their rides, trades and support. Keep it up guys, it is appreciated!
Keep on cruisin!
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