Hot to trot out once a year
Hours of devotion and piles of cash put on a show, writes Craig Duff
an opportunity to reminisce about the past, enjoy the present, and look into the future of hot rodding.
‘‘They will find a capacity display of mind-blowing hot rods, wild street machines, way-out customs and some unbelievable motorbikes.
‘‘And for the first time in the show’s history there will be an outside display of some fantastic chrome bumper Aussie Muscle Cars,’’ Unsworth says.
‘‘Hot rods have a universal appeal, appreciated by all ages, regardless of whether you are a car enthusiast.
‘‘It’s just hard not to be impressed by these machines and the hours the owners put into building them..’’
Motorsport champion Jim Richards will sign autographs and greet fans throughout the weekend and the show will unveil a number of painstakingly restored or modified vehicles.
Trophies will be awarded for ve- hicles in four categories on Sunday: STREET Rods — pre-1948 machines are the darlings of hot rod purists. Some have had up to $300,000 spent on reinventing them as artworks. STREET machines— a little younger and a little tougher, street machines may not be babied like the older cars, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less loved or valuable. CUSTOM cars — post-1948 cars that have been, in some cases, totally transformed from the stock machines they once were. The ‘‘weird and wonderful’’ is on show in this category and you can only marvel at the engineering skill required to create them. COMPETITION — while the exteriors are no less glamorous than their counterparts in other categories, these are speed machines. Their owners have spent as much money and passion under the bonnet as on the paint and interior. Family entry is $40, adults are $20 and children 12 and under are $10. The show runs from noon to 10pm today, 10am10pm tomorrow and 10am-6pm Sunday.
Power and passion: the Hot Rod Show highlights the incredible amount of time and effort that goes into making a special car.