With 40 degree Celsius weather forecast for the first day of the 11th Kustom Nationals, fans of this event could be excused for deciding to keep their rides tucked away while chilling out in the comfort of an air conditioned room somewhere, preferably with a drink in hand, but anyone who attended Friday nights opening event held along the picturesque foreshore of San Remo will testify that this did not happen! We arrived late afternoon and were amazed to see the huge number of cars and bikes parked up ready to take in all that the Nats could offer. Read More →
The Kustom Nationals are held every year at the Phillip Island Grand Prix track in Victoria, Australia. It caters for all custom cars, hot rods, and anything else that can be considered “old school” in the automotive world. The event attracts people from all over the country with some fanatics traveling from over seas to immerse themselves in the festivities. The event can attract over three thousand cars with many more fans coming through the gate.
The show kicked off on Friday, and while it was hot, there was still a large turnout on the foreshore ofSan Remo, just outsidePhillip Island. The bars and restaurants were very accommodating, keeping the food and liquid coming to the thirsty travelers while the bands Ignition, Blackhill Ramblers and Atomic Hitones kept the rockabilly blasting all night. It was a great prelude to the rest of the weekend which saw Saturday at the track turn out to be hotter still yet the die-hards still turned out in droves while those who preferred the cooler weather held out till Sunday making that day the biggest of the weekend. Many of those with cars at the event took advantage of driving on the track while others preferred to sit on the side of the track watching the unrehearsed parade while the cacophony of exhaust notes were music to their ears! Music blasted out across the main pit area all weekend thanks to some great bands such as Flyin’ Saucers and Detonators, just to name a few, while the tradies were kept busy by those looking to update their rides, clobber, music collection or what ever else was on offer. The host of the show, “Chopper”, is a custom car aficionado and does a chop top over the weekend on a ’49 Ford giving the rest of us and idea of what goes into such a task.
Overall, it was a great weekend and I look forward to getting back there next year!