Have you ever wondered how big our Australian automotive scene is? Ever asked yourself how many facets are there that make up our favourite vocation? Ever wanted to see it all in one place? Well that’s exactly what Meguiar’s MotorEx accomplishes every time the MotorEx team exercise their collective muscle and host a mind blowing automotive extravaganza and this year it was Melbourne’s turn again!
2014 was the inaugural Melbourne showing of Meguiars MotorEx and the volume of eager enthusiasts blew the organisers away so this year the MotorEx team created and even bigger and better experience for the doting, car loving public to sink their teeth into! The Royal Melbourne showgrounds once again hosted the 2016 motoring orientated car crazy experience with its multitude of undercover pavilions and marquees catering perfectly to the plethora of high end street machines, hot rods, custom cars, bikes, performance machines as well as a huge array of movie cars!
With 450 stunning show cars on display and 75 trophies plus a prize pool of $100,000 up for grabs, 25,0000 plus attendees were guaranteed a mind blowing experience as they perused the four large pavilions as they took in the Meguiars Superstars top 20, the highly anticipated House of Color sponsored Freestyle Rides Inauguration of never before seen elite showcars and bikes, the largest ever gathering of beloved TV and movie cars as well as over 100 specialist automotive traders.
If that wasn’t enough to quench your automotive thirst, each day 150 real street rides were on display in the Real Street Boulevard while wild top fuel drag cars fired up their high horsepower, alcohol burning monster motors shattering the airwaves with straight out raw power!
Winners are grinners and there were plenty of gins throughout the complex as the various categories were announced over the weekend. Saturday afternoon saw the announcement of the Super Six chosen by the judges as the top elite cars of the show. The winners were Steven Hopes in his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, known as ‘SINSTR’, Peter Elliott in the ‘Simplicity’ 1934 Ford Tudor, Chris & Colleen Bitmead in their 1976 Ford XB Falcon ‘XBOSS’, Mal Apps in the ‘Interpid C’ 1959 Holden FC, Adam & Kylie Perry with the 1961 Holden FB known as ‘Tailspin’ and Graeme Urquhart in the beautiful 1940 Ford Cabriolet ‘BLOWN40’.
Taking out Meguiar’s Superstars Grand Master was Chris & Colleen Bitmead’s stunning and very deserved XBOSS, an Ford Falcon XB coupe taken the highest level when it comes to elite showcars!
The 2016 Street Elite Showcase Pinnacle Awards, recognising high quality street and competition cars were awarded on Sunday afternoon with the four main accolades going to Jason Cooke and his 1966 Ford XP Falcon coupe for top Street Machine, John Fairbairn and his 1934 Chevrolet coupe for top Hot Rod, Grant Turner and his 1989 Toyota Hilux for top Tuner and Tony Gangi with his 1961 Buick Lesabre for top Custom Cruiser. There were many other awards handed out over the weekend as recognition of individual styles or specific areas of automotive excellence and these can be seen on Meguiars MotorEx website.
Congratulations to all the winners from the weekend as well as all those who spent many late nights polishing and detailing their prides and joy, the hours spent setting them up on display for the eager fans to visually consume in all their glory!
Also, well done to the organisers of Meguiars MotorEx on another highly successful event that showcases to not only the automotive community but also to the general public just how in-depth and diverse our love of the motoring machine is in this great country of ours! These events take over twelve months to put together and is a complex logistical achievement for everything to come together for us to enjoy without issue or incident!
If you’re missed this one, have yourself a weekend in Sydney next year or we’ll see you back at the Melbourne showgrounds in 2018!
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