Last weekend, Sydney Motorsport Park played host to the Nulon Nationals show and shine meet. After 3 consecutive days of rain in Sydney, the forecast was clear for Saturday. But when is the forecast ever right? With some of Sydney’s premiere car clubs in town, with hours spent on washing and detailing the night before, fingers were crossed for good weather.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 1 (1 of 1)As the clubs rolled in, so did the people. Corvette owners club, HSV owners club, rarest rose and tuned were just a few of the clubs making the trip out to showcase some of their best representatives.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 2 (1 of 1) First stop, HSV. This club prides themselves on their powerful and luxurious rides. Modern electronics and systems make these cars a pleasure to drive.

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But in the car community enough is never enough. “it’s illegal, it has to be unstrapped for rego next week.” – Anonymous owner.

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Next rolled in the corvette club, boasting a variety of cars, new and old, fast and well… not quite as fast, both an automotive marvel in their own rights.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 5 (1 of 1) If a blacked out corvette doesn’t scream class, I don’t know what does.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 6 (1 of 1)It’s rare that a car looks just as good from the back as it does from the front with minimal body work. The Honda NSX is an obvious exception.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 7 (1 of 1)I liked this event because it was open to any makes and models, its easy to get caught up in the politics of specific meets. So it’s nice to be able to go to a meet and admire cars from all over the world, like this BMW 2002.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 8 (1 of 1)Some wheels just work on any car, like rpf1’s on an r32 skyline, meisters on an s15 and TE37’s on an NSX.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 9 (1 of 1)Once the first patch of rain came out, so did the chamois. Looking at the sky, everyone knew it was going to rain again soon, But we’d do anything aslong as our cars looked good right?

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 10 (1 of 1)The rain cleared as did the chamois, and everyone could enjoy the cars again. Sometimes the gems are hidden at the back of the pack, away from the attention.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 11 (1 of 1)Sometimes you have to squeeze between other cars to enjoy the real show stoppers. These cars draw their own attention without being infront of the line.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 13 (1 of 1)Who would’ve thought an exhaust pipe could look so cool, accompanied by a set of rpf1’s on a slammed wagon.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 14 (1 of 1) nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 15 (1 of 1) “Because racecar” EG civics just work. They just look good on a track and are a great reminder than Form does well to follow Function.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 16 (1 of 1)And of course. The best cars were recognized with trophies.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 17 (1 of 1)The “700kw” R35 sporting its best in show trophy. As the meet came to a close, and prizes were collected, I headed over to the wetpan to check out the action of round 1 of the Nulon nationals season. This round of racing was motorkhanna. Expect our coverage later in the week!

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 18 (1 of 1)Several racing clubs from Sydney competed in a number of track configurations.  High speed hairpins separated the seasoned drivers from the weekend warriors.

nulon-nats-round-1-sns image 19 (1 of 1)Some opt for some assistance from the handbrake to make a corner as tight as possible, while other ease into it comfortably.

A weekend of typical Sydney rain put the wet into “wetpan”.

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Overall, despite some threatening weather, the Nulon Show and Shine attracted a solid crowd of owners. The diversity of vehicles on display was a nice treat!

Visit Speed Nation later in the week for our Motorkhana coverage. We’ll be covering the wholeNulon Nationals series, so if you’re a competitor or follower make sure you add us to your bookmarks!