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 →
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!
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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!
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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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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!
The picturesque town of Ballarat in Victoria hosted the Shannon’s show and glow motoring show today along the tranquil shores of Lake Wendouree. I not sure if the show was complimenting the market stalls found around the lake’s foreshore of if it was the other way around. The turnout of cars was huge with many local car clubs participating as well as clubs from out of town. Scores of individual entrants also proudly displayed their classic cars seeing the lush green grounds covered in almost every marque conceivable.
The locals turned out in droves to enjoy the glorious weather and take in the motoring spectacle as they strolled around the lake’s 6 km walking paths for an enjoyable day out.
The range of motoring art on displayed included vintage vehicles from as early as 1912 through to the latest $450,000 Mercedes Benz convertible and everything in between. Classic Australian and American iron, commercials, exotics, sports and muscle cars could be found gleaming with astute pride along with the owners that have kept them in this condition.
This annual event is a great opportunity to visit the historical town of Ballarat and take in the many other activities it has on offer. Why not book it in for next year, bring your walking shoes and we’ll see you there.
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Have you ever looked at a car show listing and thought” never heard of it”, looked at its location and thought “never had one there before”? Well these thoughts crossed my mind as I viewed the listing for the inaugural Susie Harris Memorial Fund classic car show located in the exclusive suburb ofBrightonand wondered what variety of automotive history would turn up? You could not have expected a more eclectic range of vehicles to be on display as their marques covered most of the globe including one fromRussia! The age of these collectable motorized works of art started at around 1912 and spanned through to present day super cars. There was one glaring omission though and that was no Ford was on show, not that they weren’t welcome! Who knows why? Next year’s fund raising event should see the grounds atSt Leonard’s College filled with all marques while helping a very worthy cause, changing the course of Motor Neurone Disease.
Keep this one penned in your calendar and we’ll see you there next year!
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The Rotary club of Torquay is responsible for putting on the Torquay motor show held every year along the picturesque Victorian foreshore. This event was scheduled for late last year but Mother Nature wouldn’t have a bar of that and decided to rain all weekend thus seeing the event postponed. She tried it again this weekend but ran out of puff much to the delight of the organizers, car owners and punters alike. The event started off quiet but as word spread, more people bought out their pride and joys for an excuse to drive to the coast and show them off. The variety of makes, models and styles of vehicles on show always amazes me with everything from vintage rarity to the latest super cars.
To add to the atmosphere, rock ‘n roll dancers showed off their moves to the sounds of classic and modern rock while a diverse number of trade and food stands were on site for those necessary extras. Time (and good weather) will see this event grow in statue as a major show for your calendar, mark it down for next year, check the radar and we’ll see you there!
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The 2011 Australian International Motor Show was on display in Melbourne,Victoria this year and it certainly didn’t disappoint! There was a great variety of concept cars, from environmentally friendly to radical sports models, front and center of most Marques’ stands showing us what the future holds and it’s looking very interesting!
For those who were looking for their next car, there was a plethora of models to choose from with all stands displaying their complete range accompanied by beautiful assistances to help out with queries
The show also had a display of classic cars from the past to show us where we had come from and they looked fantastic in their immaculately restored conditions.
Out front was theShannonsdisplay with everything from a Porsche tractor (seriously!) to a Ferrari which will all go under the hammer soon.
Those of us who couldn’t afford could at least dream of the vehicles we would like to see in our garages and if you want to catch the show next year, it will be inSydney. Check the Web for dates and enjoy the ride!