Hot to trot out once a year

Hours of de­vo­tion and piles of cash put on a show, writes Craig Duff

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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.

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