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!
What do you do when you want to hold a social gathering of like-minded people for a great weekender? You invite them and call it The Boogaloo Invitational, which is exactly what Des Russell and his girlfriend, Tesha Mahoney, did.
Des came up with the idea of such an event 2 years ago but decided to put it all into action six months from the event date this year. The inspiration for The Boogaloo Invitational came from car shows like The Lonestar Round Up Rod & Kustom festival held annually in Texas, USA, which Des has attended a couple of times.
The Lowrider scene, a subculture that emanated from the Mexican- American Barrios of Los Angles, California in the 1940 and 50s has seen its visual styles and culture transverse the Pacific to find a growing popularity on our shores and in amongst our automotive community. From the vibrant custom Kandy paint schemes and air brush illustrations to the ground hugging aesthetics of classic rides covering the chrome bumper era of the automotive industry thanks to extensive suspension modifications rolling on predominantly 13 inch wire wheels, these kings of cool are a visual art form in themselves, capturing the attention and imagination of both the young and old automotive enthusiast.
The western suburb of Melbourne, Airport West found itself a new party central on Saturday night when the Big Bad Wolf brought its Rats, Tatts n Pinups party crew to the ALH’s venue, Skyways Hotel situated on Matthews Avenue next to the Westfield Shopping complex.
While all who attended were greeted with the typical Melbourne chilly winter air, it didn’t deter the many custom car, rat rods and bike owners who, along with the ever growing rockabilly crowd were hell bent on having a great time regardless! “We’ll make our own heat as we always have!”
Wow! What a warm up party! Even Mother Nature turned it on for us with a balmy 26 degrees! Perfect for cruising in your classic, custom, rod or hog through the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne to The Burvale Hotel to take in some of Australia’s best rockabilly bands while catching up with friends over a bite to eat and a drink!
55 Alive was a road safety campaign designed to help the aging baby boomers in America to stay safe on their roads by helping them better understand the changes in road safety since they first received their ticket to drive back in the fifties and sixties.
For a guy like Rohan who has six 1955 Chevs in his garage, it’s bound to have a completely different meaning. To Rohan, 55 Alive could well be his slogan and the reason he rolls back his garage door every weekend! Rohan has always loved the look of the initial Tri-five Chevs. “I’ve had plenty of sixties Impalas and the odd 57 Chev but I’ve always loved the fifty fives. They just look tough.”
Old drag racers never die, they just reminisce. They don’t just reminisce while rocking back and forwards in a rocking chair on the front porch, they reminisce by recreating the highlights of their drag racing youth generally in the form of a street version of their former glory racers.
It was the Eastern suburb of Morrabbin’s turn to have their Saturday night turned upside down as the Big Bad Wolf brought its rolling rockabilly thunder clap of a party to their quiet brick veneer streets and it all went down at ALH’s Sandbelt Hotel!
When your job involves hauling down the highway overnight, a blokes’ eyes are on the black top ahead of him but his mind has time to tick over on other matters, creating dreams and aspirations that eventually turn into bold plans and how to execute them.
I’m sure we’re all familiar with ShowcarsMelbourne and the standard of automotive shows they run especially when they run two very different style of events each year, one early in the year designed for high quality rides set up in their show stopping displays of lights and mirrors, encompassing the highest quality of workmanship and dedication to the sport and the second event taking it to the streets of trendy St. Kilda in a mind blowing display of colour and variety mixed with the artistic shops and eateries of Acland St! If you’re not, you’re missing out big time!