Once again Melbourne showed that it is the motoring capital of Australia as fans turned out in droves on a glorious autumn weekend at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Flemington.
It was apparent from the moment the gates opened on Saturday morning that we were in for a big one as fans streamed through the gates and into the expansive grounds and pavilions that housed the show – and there was something for everyone.
One of the big hits with the crowd was the Street Machine Hall of Fame where celebrities, such as Alan Moffat, Barry Hall and Andrew Daddo showed off their own collections and generously gave their time throughout the day.
In the Herrod Performance Garage, the largest gathering of automotive enthusiast businesses in Australia, many of the industry’s most-respected leaders displayed their products and services, together with live demonstrations of their transformation capabilities.
There was also a great deal of activity in the outdoor ‘display active’ arenas: Injectors online hosted the Driftworld demonstrations across the two days where the drivers showed off their extraordinary skills in front of packed audiences, burn-out beasts really got the crowd involved, as did the high-flying motocross display of skill and courage on the main arena.
There were many celebrities at the event over the 2 days, however, the highlight of the weekend – as evidenced by the constant trail of fans and never-ending queues for the chance of a selfie or an autograph – was Chip Foose, global ambassador for 3M.
I can only describe the scenes as “Foosemania”! Where-ever he went, he was mobbed by well-wishers and fans alike and without fail he stopped, chatted and posed for everyone who wanted to meet him. Meguiar’s MotorEx was the first part of the 3M-Foose World Tour 2018 and we will have the full report on this tour in the July issue of the National Collision Repairer.