Victorian Hot Rod Show 2014

By: Scott Murray, Photography by: Nathan Jacobs

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Australia Day weekend is about the mechanical artistry of loud, proud hot rods

Victorian Hot Rod Show 2014
Victorian Hot Rod Show 2014


Victorian Hot Rod Show 2014

Many events are on Australia’s hot rod calendar and the culture is growing. Fast. The Victorian Hot Rod Show presents some of the best works of automotive art in Australia.

Every car has a unique personality and builders (more like craftsmen) give these metallic monoliths all the blood, sweat and tears they can afford. Respect them, because they’re the last of their kind. Face it: they don’t make them like this anymore.

One of the best examples you’ll see is Wayne Marshall’s 1933 Ford Model-A coupe. Keen-eyed readers may recall it from Summernats 27 where it won Top 10 Elite and Top Coupe. Wayne got second Best Coupe award at the Rod Show, and has taken the beauty to several rod runs since its July 2013 completion. We love that delicious (House of Kolor) Champagne Gold on top of Cinnamon Orange skin. Wayne doesn’t mind a Sunday drive, as the under-body stone guard layering testifies. It’s a tightrope walk for those wanting a show car and a road car though.

It’s been to Lake Malwalla (2013), Adelaide Rod Show, South Coast Nationals (Maruya, NSW) where it won eight trophies, and MotorEx as one of Meguiar’s Super Stars. Beneath the bonnet is a 350ci Chev V8 connecting 360hp to a Turbo 700 auto, beefed up with Corvette innards. Wayne’s given over two years work on it and spent "shitloads," he laughs. This is doing hot rods properly.

The rest of the Vic Hot Rod Show was awash with more hand-built metal than you could wave a blow torch at. Another standout was the Carman Blue and Ivory 1948 Chev COE (Cab Over Engine) truck with its 2008 Duramax 6.5-litre V8 Turbo Diesel. The cab's rear half is totally hand-made and has a ’54 half-ton grille and ’52 Caddy front bumper.

We also noticed the bright orange ’33 Ford Tudor of Dave Sheering which won Top Tudor; the immaculate red #77 Chevy Bel Air two-door convertible; the lovely maroon/cream '37 Ford Cabriolet of Peter Koning from the Renegades Hot Rod and Custom Club; Kevin Kendall’s bright yellow 1936 Ford Roadster with its laid-back windscreen, all-steel body and 427 Chev V8; and Daryl Schotz’s 1965 GT Mustang built by the legendary Chip Foose. We also spied a couple of tasty Splice-coloured Ford Vickys, in two-door and four-door Country Sedan.

Plenty of rods and customs filled building and carparks, but the Aussie cars, God bless them, were out of place. Rodding is least to seasoned purists.

2015 will be the Victorian Hot Rod Show’s 50th anniversary and we hear it’s going to be massive. To every entrant on their incredible workmanship, your way with metal may be a dying art, but this event is a sign that the hot rod scene is proud and passionate in Australia.



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