Meguiar’s MotorEx 2018 – Australia’s SEMA Show
Meguiar’s MotorEx 2018 is the largest and most prestigious car show of its kind in Australia. Held between the two capital city’s of Sydney and Melbourne, this year it was Melbourne’s turn to play host. With new owners (the same guys that own Summernats) there was an air of anticipation on what the show was going to be like.
With two days of perfect weather the crowds swelled into the Melbourne Showgrounds to see the best show cars and products the land has to offer. The show was held throughout four halls and a large outdoor plaza for the Real Street Cars.
Entering Hall One you were greeted by a sea of machines including eight vehicles that had black drapes over them ready for the House of Kolor Inauguration. At midday on Saturday the crowds gathered around the black sheets awaiting the covers to be peeled back by the House of Kolor girls who would unveil six cars, one motorbike and even a jet ski that had never been seen before by the public.
Moving out of Hall One and passing through the street cars it was onto the Hall Two. This area housed the Meguiar’s Superstars, after five rounds of qualifying at five shows across Australia, 24 national cars and trucks all came together competing for the major prize of Meguiar’s Superstars Grand Master- this year it was Grahame Barker’s Silver Holden FX Ute taking home the Gold.
Heading across the road to Hall Three and into the Street Machine Magazine Hall of Fame, approximately 30 Street Machine cover cars were all assembled including past Superstars, Fastest Street Cars and Show Cars of the past. Also in this hall was one of the most popular places of the weekend- the bar, which also included a table tennis set up for a little entertainment.
Heading to Hall Four you passed the food vendors who had constant lines, bands playing and some of the toughest burnout cars in the land doing startups throughout the show (when this happened the crowds ran to get a closer look). The vendor’s hall was filled with anything and everything you could want or need to build a car, ranging from Aussie Desert Coolers for your radiator to Max Grundy selling his artwork.
New to this year was SEMA, yes SEMA who had a presence onsite. America’s largest automotive trade show staff crossed the sea and from all accounts it was a huge success.
Normally this would be the end of the show however with the new Meguiar’s MotorEx owners came new aspects to the show, one of the most popular by far was the drifting. With a carpark blocked off some of Australia’s best drifters came out to show what they could do, with crowds up to seven deep it was clearly a favorite.
You could also check out the dyno comp and motorbike freestyle riders. After witnessing everything that MotorEx had to offer, just like SEMA in America, the fans were happy to get off their aching feet.
Meguiar’s MotorEx 2018 was the largest one yet. Sydney will be the host city for 2019. Our feet will get 12 months to rest and ramp up for what promises to be a spectacular affair in New South Wales’ Capital City.
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