When your name is synonymous with all things elite, it’s only natural that you’ll attract a following of the highest standards especially when it comes to the field of automotive! Based on high quality build, engineering and detailing, ShowcarsMelbourne’s annual event held on the prestigious grounds of the Moonee Valley Racecourse always attracts a high standard of automotive excellence through the main gates.
ShowcarsMelbourne is now in its sixth year as a class leading automotive event having raised the bar each and every year to new heights! This year saw PPG sponsored showdown #6 bring together around 500 classic, custom and muscle cars as well as street rods along with an elite array of custom bikes amass inside the renowned racecourse’s grounds.
The inner sanctums of the venue housed the elite machines on display as a stunning example of trade excellence and owner dedication to this challenging vocation. The center piece of the elite hall was the highly distinctive elite custom built 1961 FB Holden aptly titled Tailspin. Adam and Kylie Perry are the owners of this wild recreation and its imagery display as a homage as to what went into creating such a unique piece of automotive art.
Other notable rides in the elite hall was a 33 Ford coupe which was the first build of American hot rod constructor and TV icon, Boyd Coddington while the Christous showcased their black as night, wild XR Falcon sedan. This was one of a handful of Street Machine cover cars to grace the polished floors of the venue along with the very sleek Toxic Q HQ Holden as well as the elite FineVY Commodore ute. Fresh off the build was Mario’s Peter Brock tribute VK Commodore while up and coming trophy hauler, the 1967 XR Fairmont titled PLEASR was set to please the judges along with the viewing audience! There were also a number of elite built muscle cars and hot rods adding to the variety of automotive styling throughout the show.
The main pavilion catered for along manner of meticulously detailed machines from the latest in high end Commodores and Falcons through to classic American and Australian muscle cars mixing it in with highly chromed street rods and custom Harleys. Another room played host to the GT Club of Victoria’s best of the best as they displayed the blue oval badge’s finest restos and modified classics and collectables.
Over 100 prize rides were set up under cover on the Saturday giving the organisors 100% focus on the multitude of machines entering through the high metal gates on Sunday morning as the ShowcarsMelbourne staff skilfully directed the auto enthusiasts and the pride and joys to the vast display areas available for their parking pleasure. All facets of road registered rides lined the rows of lawns in their polished and primed splendour eager to show off what makes them great in our global automotive community!
Live entertainment for the day came courtesy of the new rock sensations, The Cadillac Drifters belting out the classics through to the end while the littlies were kept amused thanks the Manny the clown and a wonderous wizard! The Shannons Super Rig kept up the driving skills with their video machines on offer while the trade stands advertised their wares for interested shoppers. More ShowcarsMelbourne staff spent the day feeding the masses as they slaved over hot barbeques delivering mouth-watering hamburgers and sausages to the hungry hoards!
The stunning ShowcarsMelbourne promo girls were kept busy throughout the day selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal and posing for pics among the many manicured machines. Summernats’ newest sensation Sandra Horne took to the mic as MC after regular ShowcarsMelbourne MC, Gian signed off the morning stint. She spent the afternoon live interviewing car owners and club presidents between The Cadillac Drifters sets before hosting the trophy presentation.
With over sixty trophies on offer including an array of silverware for street driven machines, the judges had their work cut for them especially when you take into consideration the following ShowcarsMelbourne has! After much inspection and deliberation, all that was left to do was to hand out the prized silverware to the worthy participants before calling it a day and enjoying the cruise home in our cherished transport.
I take my hat off to Elvis and all the ShowcarsMelbourne team in running a fantastic trouble free event of this magnitude and stature! We fail to appreciate the dedication and organisational skills that goes into bringing together the wealth of so much valuable equipment and entertainment while keeping all participants safe and happy as they take in such and automotive spectacle!
ShowcarsMelbourne host a second event later in the year that is just as visually stimulating and entertaining as this one. It’s on the lawns and streets of St.Kilda flanked by Luna Park and Acland street and is on Fathers Day. So jump onto their website and Facebook site and you stay up to date with all the details.
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Great write up Greg, thanks for incuding that cool photo of my 66 Malibu.
Cheers Yuri! Sorry I didn’t get a chance to catch up with you! Look forward to seeing you at another event soon!
Please tell me if that Gold coupe with the three girls with the purple tops,is it an fb holden to the max custom.Thanks Bob Major
Hi Bob, yes, it’s an FB Holden called Tailspin! The front and rear sections have been swapped around with a Nissan Skyline roof added!