Josephine reports on an action-packed weekend in Melbourne!
On arrival at the Melbourne Showgrounds, the queue that stretched from the main entrance onto Epsom Road eagerly awaited the opening of Meguiars MotorEx 2019. From car enthusiasts, industry experts, suppliers, young talent, manufacturers and people who work in the collision and mechanical repair space, there was something for everyone.
From the moment the show started the thunder of the high-performance engines fired up the crowd from the beginning and never let up all weekend. The all too familiar sights, sounds and odour of rubber and metal hungover the Showgrounds as we made our way around the variety of pavilions. A real highlight was the ear-popping leading global automotive parts brand AC Delco Pro Slammer.
There were awesome displays including: Muscle Car Marvels, House of Kolor Inauguration, American Legends Street Elite Showcase, Street Machine Hall of Fame, Rare Spares Real Street, Drift Cadet Driftworld, Herrod’s Performance Garage and of course Meguiar’s Superstars.
In addition to all the fantastic cars there was a plethora of equipment, merchandise, tools and products all aimed at making the process of building and maintaining the Restos and Custom-builds even more effective and efficient. Not unexpectedly, front-and-centre was 3M Automotive and Aftermarket who took a prime position in the Meguiar’s Superstars Pavilion where the team was inundated with enquiries and took every opportunity to show off their “cutting-edge” technology.
We also ran into another old friend, Carmine De Maria of C.A.D Custom who unveiled the HQ GTS “Mad Az” at the House of Kolor Inauguration and also had Robert Zahabi’s 1970 Dodge Challenger “Havoc” in the Meguiar’s Superstars Super Six, alongside the 3M stand in the Superstar Pavilion. What a fantastic build!
This year we also met Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder of West Coast Customs and Keith Dean owner of South End Kustom, both from California, who expressed their admiration for both the quality of the vehicles on display and the passion of both the exhibitors and the visitors: “Down here, you really do know your cars,” said Friedlinghaus.
In an action-packed show, the amazing control and skill on the drifting track never ceases to impress. It’s remarkable to see what can be achieved on the track when you combine the technology in the cars and elite driving skills. Adrenaline junkies eagerly awaited their turn to experience it all from the passenger seat.
In the upcoming June issue, we will bring you a special Custom Corner as Motoractive’s Owen Webb and I collaborate to bring you the full report, including the winners of the various categories. Owen summed it up: “I am again amazed by the support we get here in Melbourne. It’s so great to see people from all walks of life with a common interest enjoying a great weekend. This makes it all worthwhile”.