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> SYDNEY’S HOT ROD & CUSTOM AUTO EXPO CONTINUED ITS EXPONENTIAL GROWTH WHILE RETAINING ITS HOME-GROWN VIBE

STORY & PHOTOS BEN HOSKING

THE third annual Hot Rod & Custom Auto Expo attracted 11,300 spectators and 179 entrants to Rosehill Racecourse in mid-May. That’s almost twice the punters of the 2015 event, and organisers Andy and Donna Minas couldn’t be happier.

The weekend-long event was billed as a ‘back to basics’ car show – Andy says he’s trying to avoid the higher-end, MotorEx kind of vibe – attracting more of the type of cars that can be, and are, driven. “Not everyone can afford an elite-level car,” he reasons. “We’ve already got entrants booking in for the 2017 show.”

This year’s show boasted celebrity guests, including Chip Foose, who spent the weekend giving demonstrations at the 3M stand, signing autographs and picking the five vehicles he’d most like to jump in and drive away.

“Chip commented on the wide variety of vehicles that were on display, compared to what he’d normally see at most shows in the USA,” Andy says. “He was also impressed with the number of younger hot rod owners and builders, who he stressed were the future of the scene.

“One thing that interested him was the fact that Aussie rods and customs seem to pack so much power, whereas US show cars generally have mild engine combos.”

The event took place over a mammoth 20,000m2, boasting some 37 traders and a market hall complete with all the rockabilly, retro and hot rod gear you could hope for.

If you didn’t go this year, you’d better make sure you’ve got mid-May 2017 marked in your calendars – on the strength of this year’s Hot Rod & Custom Auto Expo, you’re going to miss one hell of a show if you don’t. s