For only its third show, this Show N Shine event has outdone itself seeing the Werribee Civic Centre car park and surrounding grounds filled to capacity. Raising funds for cancer and supported by the Cruzin Knights car club, it holds its own among the primary events listed on our car show calendar. With perfect weather and energetic eagerness, Read More →
While it was quiet start to the second annual Kev’s Carpark Family Day car and bike show held at St. Albans Football club, it wasn’t long before motoring enthusiasts came out in their droves determined not to miss out on this social gathering of automotive admirers.
Once again, Kev and Jo, along with their loyal band of helpers, were on hand to see the event run smoothly for all participating seeing families and friends alike enjoy a pleasant day out taking in a favourite past time of hanging out with our pride and joys. After all, wasn’t that what Kev’s was all about?
This long weekend in June saw the inaugural opening of the Performance Street and Race Autoshow, known as PSRA, come to fruition showcasing new cars, new performance products and a fantastic array of hi-performance showcars and bikes. This will become Australia’s version of SEMA, a similar event held in the United States, and will be an annual show utilizing the facilities at the Royal Melbourne Show grounds for hopefully many years to come.
The layout showcased a mix of old school rides and equipment mixed with the latest high tech gear available for today’s modern machines which had a strong showing as well. An automotive enthusiast could purchase him or herself some serious equipment for their ride covering everything from the ground up, from the latest sticky boots, big rims, wild wrap around vinyl, performance gear from engine to differentials, interior mods including bass driven stereo systems.
Spending motivation came from the many custom and wild rides, old and new, found spread throughout the large pavilion including a good selection of the wild two wheeled varieties known to most as Harleys or “hogs”. Cars and bikes alike showcased the skills of the professionals as well as the DIYs with their polished and pristine finishes leaving many a punter heading home with reinvigorated enthusiasm and fresh ideas.
The ambience was befitting such an event with the deep base of stereos and a DJ pumping out the latest driving tunes broken up periodically by the high revving exhaust note of a performance vehicle being put through its paces on the dyno.
The three day event closed with the customary trophy presentation and thank you speeches by the organisers and promising to continue the professionally run event next year so, if you missed out on this one, check out the pics, mark it in your calendar for next year and start saving your pennies!
Keep on cruisin’
This time of year sees the weather turn decidedly chilly for those of us still out perusing the car show circuit and the turnout today at the Keilor car and vintage bike show proved that nothing will deter an enthusiast from what they enjoy most. The Rotary club of Keilor once again put on a spectacular event behind the Keilor hotel filling all areas quickly and by mid-morning new arrivals were lucky to find themselves a spot. The variety on show to the public was vast from all manner of Australian and American makes and models to European and Japanese rides including a great array of bikes to boot.
The popularity of this event grows every year thanks to the professionalism and expertise of the Rotary club and detailed judging done by those who are in the know. The layout lends itself well to a family friendly atmosphere with multiple areas filled with polished and pristine rides discovered around every corner. It’s great to see the regulars turn up each year while new faces and rides come to see what all the fuss is about guaranteeing their return next time too. Congratulations to those who were lucky enough to take home their respective category trophies and a big pat on the back for the organisers.
This event could well be celebrated as the grand finale of the car and bike show circuit for the season with winter around the corner and most of us set to head for hibernation, be it in the shed or catching up with family till September. Don’t fret though as we can always find something automotive related on in this state so keep an eye out for my “what’s on this weekend” listing and you’ll still get your fix somewhere!
Keep on cruising,
Once again the ShowcarsMelbourne car show team led by Elvis put on a spectacular event for its second year running showcasing the high quality of vehicles and bikes that can be found throughout Melbourne as well as interstate. This indoor/ outdoor event located in Altona catered for all genres of vehicles from classic rods,street rods, American and Australian muscle through to high tech Australian, American and Import rides. A variety of custom Harleys could also be found dispersed throughout the Sporting Complex.
Noted display vehicles that the punters could peruse over was the environmentally friendly Zeroed, the high tech vehicles of Ovakil and FINEVY as well as the burnout beast of KILLA-B (although no demonstration was on hand). A variety Chev and Ford’s finest were on show while Holden’s elite held its own.
Outside saw plenty of polished pride on display too, bathing in the glorious autumn weather while food and beverage stands catered for the enthusiastic attendees. With forty trophies on hand for the high quality show, judges had their work cut out for them selecting which rides take home the coveted silverware.
All in all, the event went off without a hitch seeing many people mark this occasion as a regular in their automotive calendar guaranteeing they return next year. I’ll certainly be there I look forward to seeing you there too.
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A small but impressive array of vehicles gathered today at the Mossfiel Reserve in Hoppers Crossing for the Werribee District Collectible Vehicle Club show n shine. This annual event always attracts a wide variety of motoring memorabilia covering many genres from your tough street rods, Aussie and American muscle cars through to an eclectic assortment of vintage European and home grown rides just to name a few. The laid back approach to today’s event was just the tonic for a Sunday stroll around our favourite vocation while catch up with old friends and meeting new ones with likeminded interests. It is always a guarantee at these locally run shows and any excuse to get the pride and joy out too!
With fantastic weather, a bucking bronco, a handful of trade stands and Fletch from Classic Restos, the show was complete and catered well for the perusing admirers. Trophy time saw the judges hard work done and all that remained was a casual cruise home and a check of the calendar for what’s on next! If you’re not sure what’s coming up next weekend or in the future, why not drop me an email and I can add you to my “what’s on this weekend mailing list” where you will be kept up to date each week with what shows and swap meets can be found in Victoria.
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Where do you go when you want to check out wild rides, tough cars, cool cruisers and customized trucks all in one event while checking out a burnout comp supported by a rock band as background music? You couldn’t go wrong with the American and British MCC bike, car and truck show! This event has everything going for it in its new location at the spacious Calderpark Thunderdome. Bikes lined up for what seemed an endless line of chrome, leather and steel while supported by a wide array of hot rods, classic, custom and street/ strip cars while a small but impressive gathering of custom trucks weren’t going to be outshone either!
The new venue allowed the organisers to host for the first time, a burnout comp demonstrating to those unfamiliar with this growing sport how it’s done! The entrants were mainly of the four wheel variety but a couple of Harley riders showed us that two wheels can tear up the pad just as menacingly as their counterparts. All contestants had a couple of goes at the pad across the day allowing judges to decide who walked away with the hard earned cash at the end of it. A wide variety of trophies were also given out to many of the static display entrants too.
The band belted out the classics across the grounds while punters enjoyed the trade stands, food and Beveridge vans and of course the pit lane automotive spectacle. As mentioned before, with its new venue, this is one event that has plenty of room to expand and with the proficient implementation of this show executed by the American and British MCC, it’ll know doubt be a much bigger event next year!
I’ll certainly be there and I hope to see you too.
Keep on cruisin’
Well, once again the guys and girls of the Colac custom car and bike show organisation have turned on a fantastic weekend starting with Friday night’s drive-in movie, The Blues Brothers , Saturday’s show n shine seeing around 500 cars and bikes attend and Sunday’s cruise to Inverleigh!
Memorial Square located centrally in Colac lends itself perfectly as a family friendly setting for such a show with participants coming from as far as Melbourne and far west Victoria. The variety of vehicles and bikes on show is astounding from classic vintage, custom, street/strip, late model and just plain wild! There was even a top fuel rail on show with fire up demonstrations drowning out the live band temporarily while drawing a large crowd!
Trade stands filled the outer edge of the square while food and beverages could be found courtesy of the local Lions club tent and other assorted venues. Sit down meals were easily located just outside the show at a number of pubs and eateries.
Sunday saw a more relaxed atmosphere with breakfast at the local RSL and then a leisurely cruise to the quiet country pub located in Inverleigh allowing Geelong/ Melbourne participants the chance of meeting some of the sociable Colac crew while heading in the right direction for home.
This is just a short selection of what was on show and was going on in the scenic country town of Colac over the weekend. Watch this space for more pics, a DVD slideshow and write-up on this spectacular event!
Tuners across Melbourne converged on the Royal Melbourne show grounds over the weekend to check out Auto Euphoria and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The two day event housed inside one of the pavilions on the grounds encompassed all that today’s late model automotive technology has to offer. From some of the wildest creations found on the Melbourne late model show scene through to the latest gear available for your ride, enthusiasts were treated to an onslaught of bling, bags, turbos and automotive attitude not to mention the latest club hits pumping out across the show thanks to a number of djs and serious in-car stereos. Enhancing the atmosphere was the eye catching promotions girls who could be seen strutting their stuff throughout the show as they helped to promote the various businesses associated with this craft while keeping photographers busy.
While there was a strong showing of highly modified Aussie machines, the rest of the world was well supported with show cars created from Japans finest in the form of Mitsubishis, Mazdas, Toyotas and Hondas while Europe’s choice of wheels were Subarus among others and the more exotic Mercs and BMWs. Not to be left out, some classic American iron could also be found in highly detailed displays and a couple of late model rides as well. Various businesses also showcased their finest work with well executed displays and merchandise.
The organizers can give themselves and their supporters a big pat on the back for successfully pulling off a sensational event leaving happy car enthusiasts wanting more. This one will grow in size and could well be found in the newly constructed exhibition building at the Melbourne show grounds next year so airbag that ride, turbo that donk, slam in a bitchin sound system and we’ll see you there!
For 10 years Geelong’s own speed festival has laid dormant at the back of the events cupboard, covered in cobwebs and dust till finally a group calling themselves The Geelong Revival organization brought it back out into the open, dusted it off, tweaked it to their liking and laid it out for those of us who still have a hankering for some good old fashion eighth mile racing!!
Taking place along Geelong’s beautifully presented waterfront, this classic car spectacle, covering all genres from around the globe, ran across two days seeing a wide array of fantastic automotive creations from a bygone era through to a smattering of later model equipment test their mental against the clock as they gave their machines all they’ve got. From vintage race cars of the 1920s, home built equipment, MGs, minis, midgets, Aussie and American iron and every other conceivable racing marques, car enthusiasts were guaranteed to have their fill of automotive memorabilia from a cacophony of roaring engines, squealing tires and fumy exhausts while being visually stimulated by the varying shapes and designs of these classic beauties!
To compliment the eighth mile racing, Shannons Insurance sponsored a classic car and bike show seeing polished and pristine machines of all makes and models cover the lush grass areas and waterfront real-estate found around EasternBeach and stretching as far as Cunninghams Pier. If that wasn’t enough to keep you busy, the Steam Packets market ran all weekend while Sunday saw the inaugural running of the Fashions on the Field parade adding a touch of class to the whole festival.
I could continue to rave on about this event but like I said, it’s a visual thing so why not take it in yourself with a gander through my pics and let your imagination take you through the motions those who attended experienced and hopefully we’ll see you there next year guaranteeing the same professionally run, if not bigger, event in all areas!
Keep on cruzin!