What can be said about MotorEx that hasn’t already been said; 13 years strong and still one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious indoor car shows. From a motor enthusiasts’ point of view, MotorEx is seen as the culmination of months (sometimes years) of time, money and effort that has gone into the hundreds of builds that are on display.
The dedication that the owners and builders show is really what shines through at MotorEx . Forget the awards, forget the favourites – every single car has a story to tell and every single car is worthy of being there in its own way. (That said, if you do want to see the official results you can find them here, here, here, and here.)
Whether you like muscle, tuners, Euros, drag cars or street cars, it was all present at MotorEx 2013. Every year, the variety blows us away.
In addition to some of the wilder rides that were present in the Domes and majority of the halls, MotorEx was flanked by the Real Street section, and the Shannons auction section. The Real Street area showcased a number cars that are daily (or at least regularly) driven, and seemed to be a real crowd favourite. The Shannons section focused on original and factory based cars. You can’t help but be amazed at the level of detail some restorers have when getting a car back to factory specifications. Some of the vehicles weren’t even restored, they have just been looked after so well that they look as-new. The cool thing about this section was that you could actually buy these cars at auction – that is, if you could pony up the cash.
Real Street showed off some cars that many of our followers would have seen before, although there were a few surprises. Zen Garage had a large hand in organising cars for the Real Street section, so there was of course an appearance by the fattest Maloo around.
Attentive readers will no doubt recognise this wide-body R33 ‘WAN94N’ from its recent Speed Nation feature by guest contributor Dominic Nguyen. Whether you love or hate the R33 model, no one can deny the car has a presence, even without its signature high top wing.
We are not quite sure how the DORIFT Evo managed to pass rego inspections, however we are glad it did! Imagine this thing coming up in your rear vision mirror.
The writers personal favourite of the Real Street section would have to be the Bayside Blue Nissan Stagea with an R34 front end conversion. Something about a Volvo with good looks just works!
These two Skylines by Dahtone Racing had some impressive figures between them, but also managed to pull off a classy and subtle look that not many can achieve.
Back inside, the drag car ‘fire up’ demo was great for people who don’t get the drags often to experience the pure noise these cars are capable of punching out. It was certainly a shock when a blower belt decided to jump off and punch through the bonnet of one particular 1/4 mile warrior. Luckily, no one was injured, and the damage to car was minimal.
The 86/BRZ platform has already become a popular tuning choice, and there were a number at the show, each with a different flavour.
Aussie Muscle always goes over well with the MotorEx crowd, and this little Torana was no exception. We came across Andrew Broadley’s LC GTR Torana on the Lowe Fabrications/Muscle Car Garage stand at MotorEx. He’s owned the car since he was just 14 years old (over half his life), and it’s constantly evolved over that time.
It rolls on a set of custom 18in Billet Specialties wheels, and the custom green paint has been on the car for over 10 years and is still in pretty good shape. A real highlight is all the Lowe Fabrications billet engine bay bling.
These days it’s powered by a fuel injected 308ci Holden V8 with a Torque Power inlet manifold, MSD 1000cfm throttle body, Haltech ECU, VN Heads, a mild Crow cam and a NOS Sniper 150hp nitrous kit, and it’d good for 350rwhp on the bottle. Look forward to seeing more of ‘Shrek’ in a future feature here on Speed Nation.
The various Hot Rods on display were a favourite among the Speed Nation crew, but what was your favourite? Drop us a comment with your answer below!
A growing trend at many car shows is a mini remote-control version of show cars. This is a cool little feature that we are certainly digging!
The Mazda MX-5 is a chassis that has always been popular as a drivers’ car, but was rarely seen at mainstream shows due to its ‘hairdresser’ association. It was nice to see this green example representing just how nice the roadsters can look. Almost a shame it was automatic, but that can help with the low-and-slow cruising.
If you didn’t get to the show this year, make sure you mark it in your calendar for next year, it’s worth the trip. Better yet, plan your builds now so we can eyeball your creation at the next show!