ADAM ROGASH

One of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries of cars was see­ing a VK Brock as a kid, and I’ve al­ways wanted to do my own take on one, so that’s what ALLSHOW will be

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MPW front­man Adam Rogash is a busy guy. In be­tween run­ning a suc­cess­ful work­shop that churns out some of Mel­bourne’s tough­est street cars, he’s man­aged to build and race his own sev­ensec­ond VT Club­sport street car NOSHOW, which has claimed its fair share of scalps at Street

Ma­chine Drag Chal­lenge. Now he’s work­ing on NOSHOW’S suc­ces­sor, a bad-arse twin-turbo LS VK dubbed ALLSHOW. We’re fol­low­ing the build with a new on­line video se­ries, so we thought we’d take the op­por­tu­nity to find out Adam’s story.

Tell us about your back­ground with cars.

I re­mem­ber be­ing 12 years old when my brother got an old Dat­sun 1200 as a pad­dock-basher. It ended up blow­ing a head gas­ket, so we pulled it apart, fixed it and put it back to­gether. I started work­ing at the lo­cal wreck­ing yard when I was 13; I told the guy I was 15 so he’d give me a job, and I got the sack on my 15th birth­day be­cause he found out I’d been ly­ing to him! I taught my­self to paint when I was 16. At first I started muck­ing around with Gem­i­nis do­ing two-litre con­ver­sions and fit­ting lit­tle Toy­ota blow­ers. Then I bought an XF Fal­con, which I tur­bocharged and con­verted to EFI. I had a VN five-litre when I was 18, which I did my first twin-turbo set-up on. I started my me­chan­i­cal ap­pren­tice­ship at a small work­shop in Kyabram, Vic­to­ria, then ended up mov­ing on to Nis­san dur­ing my ap­pren­tice­ship. I be­came qual­i­fied when I was 19. How did that tran­si­tion into you set­ting up MPW Per­for­mance? I started MPW about six years ago now, and we now have two fac­to­ries right next to each other. When I started out I did a lot of ba­sic ev­ery­day me­chan­i­cal and fleet ser­vic­ing work. The per­for­mance side of things was busy from the start, with fab work on turbo kits and man­i­folds; then I moved on to do­ing rear ends. The busi­ness seems to have grown a lot in six years. When I bought my first dyno I be­came flat-out with tun­ing and just got busier and busier. Back then 300rwkw was a big deal, and now we’re see­ing 1000rwhp on our dyno ev­ery other week. When we started out there weren’t a lot of peo­ple do­ing turbo LS stuff, and we’ve done a lot of R&D in that area. As soon as we achieve some­thing we’ve al­ways just con­tin­ued to push fur­ther and fur­ther. Tell us about your new Street Ma­chine Drag Chal­lenge project. It came about be­cause my wife said that as soon as I run 7.80s, she wanted me to build a safer car. Plus, it’s cheaper to pull weight out than it is to make more power, and while NOSHOW makes plenty of power, it’s a big car with a steel ’cage and tubs and it weighs 3800lb. So I de­cided to build a new, lighter project that’s fully en­gi­neered for street use. We al­ready have the quick­est third-gen Com­modore street car in the coun­try, and it’s proven to be re­li­able through all the R&D we’ve done with it. First-gen Com­modores are re­ally pop­u­lar at the mo­ment, so we want to fully de­velop one so that, like with NOSHOW, there’s no trial-and-er­ror on cus­tomers’ cars. One of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries of cars was see­ing a VK Brock as I hopped on the school bus as a kid, and I’ve al­ways wanted to do my own take on one, so that’s what ALLSHOW will be.

What are the ob­jec­tives for the build?

I want to drive to the track with the kids in the back, run a seven with­out chang­ing any­thing, and drive it home again. I’m build­ing the car with two An­dra-teched seats in the front, be­cause I re­ally want to be able to take cus­tomers and friends out in the car and share what I’ve been lucky enough to be able to en­joy.

Have you en­joyed shoot­ing the Youtube se­ries on the build?

We’ve had great feed­back, and it’s been along the lines of peo­ple re­ally be­ing able to re­late to us through the show. We’re just nor­mal guys work­ing on cars, and whether you build a car here at MPW or at home in the shed, it’s still the same pas­sion that’s driv­ing you.

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