Hero Quest

AT THIS YEAR’S WA HOT ROD & STREET MACHINE SPECTACULAR, THE BRIEF WAS HEROIC AND THE COMMITMENT WAS 100 PER CENT

STORY BORS VISKOVIC PHOTOS BRAD MSKEWCZ & BV

PERTH once again turned on a cracking weekend for the WA Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular, where punters could check out 220 cars and more than 40 motorcycles on the show floor. The sunny skies meant plenty of those punters brought along their cool rides to create a show ’n’ shine in the car park, adding another couple of hundred cars to check out.

The theme of Heroes & Legends attracted some amazing vehicles, and the show organisers were over the moon to have such diverse attractions as Rosco McGlashan’s rocket-powered Aussie Invader 5R, Andrew Cox’s ’66 Batmobile replica, the Mooneyes Dragster and John Zappia’s HQ Monaro Doorslammer on display.

Motorbikes also featured heavily, with the largest number entered in the show’s history, including a special invitation that was extended to Kengo Kimura of Heiwa Motorcycles. He brought MasterPeace to the show, an amazing custom ’66 Triumph TR6 that won Bike Of The Show at Mooneyes Yokohama 2016. It’s early days, but there’s talk that he may come back next year with more than one bike.

West Aussie hot rodders turned out in droves to check out the Mooneyes Dragster firsthand and get Shige and Chico to sign T-shirts, number plates, even Moon discs. This was the last of three shows in three months for the Mooneyes team, and while they won’t miss the long-distance air travel, they thoroughly enjoyed their time at each and every Aussie show.

It was also a massive effort by John Zappia and his crew to have Zap’s Rat on display after high-tailing it back from Queensland after the Winternationals. After seeing him brush the wall in the semi-final, the show organisers were concerned that Zap might not be able to show the car. Thankfully, the zoomie headers saved the Rat and the carnage visible in the video was actually the signage being torn off the wall.

THE THEME OF HEROES & LEGENDS ATTRACTED SOME AMAZING VEHICLES, AND THE SHOW ORGANISERS WERE OVER THE MOON

FLASH RAT

THIS rat might not have a gold tooth, but there’s plenty of other flash stuff hiding under the well-worn outer skin. James Wolter is the justifiably proud owner, and he had Clint DiGiovanni from SRM do the substantial fabrication on the slammed ’51 Chevy pick-up. Under the bonnet is an LS3 topped with a Holley Hi-Ram EFI and running a COME Racing cam. There’s a Scott’s Hotrods IFS, 22in Intro rims, a four-linked 9in and an AccuAir e-Level airbag system. Other really cool touches are the painted and partially leather-trimmed interior and leather-topped fuel tank. The combination of the fully detailed undercarriage and faded exterior had people doing a double-take.

Brand-new cars from Cronic Customs, Clint DiGiovanni from SRM and Dicker’s Speed Shoppe caught plenty of attention as well. In the case of Dicker’s SANDBARRA – a Sandman ute powered by a turbo Barra – not all of it was positive, with many people on social media unable to get their heads around why you’d want to put a late-model turbocharged six with a truckload of power in the place where a pushrod V8 with half the power should go. It was exactly the reaction Chris Dicker was after, and those haters need to take a look at the cover of SM, August 2007 to check out the HQ Monaro Chris built. He’s moved with the times, but he loves old-school muscle as much as the next bloke. Cronic Customs pulled some late nights to get Malcolm Niall’s ’66 Galaxie (see page 60) to the show, and it was well received for its understated and classy build. Unlike a lot of Cronic’s recent builds, there’s nothing sticking out of the bonnet and not an airbag in sight. Instead, there’s a stock Coyote 5.0-litre under the bonnet and coil-over suspension on all four corners. Air conditioning, power steering, reversing camera and a luxurious leather interior – it’s like having a new car, only much cooler.

With solid crowds all weekend and a number of fresh cars on display, the 2018 WA Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectcular was a sign that the economy and car scene are starting to build up again. It’s going to be a tough year to top, but with the precedent set with bringing international cars to the show, and a solid relationship forged with Mooneyes Japan and USA, s who knows what might show up next year.

SANDBARRA

ONE of the highlights and biggest talking points of the show – and social media – was Chris Dicker’ Barra-powered ute that he’ dubbed SANDBARRA. A lot of people didn’ get it, but a lot of other people thought it was the best thing at the show. One thing most could agree on was how well built it was, with the Sahara Sand colour popping with a subtle pearl effect. The bright orange stripes – a combination of Sandman and XW GT Falcon – added just the right splash of colour.

DICKER’S SPEED SHOPPE’S SANDBARRA – A SANDMAN UTE POWERED BY A TURBO BARRA – CAUGHT PLENTY OF ATTENTION

TOP STREET MACHINE OVERALL

Stuart Vernon – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

TOP HOT ROD OVERALL

Glen Anderson – 1934 Ford five-window coupe

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

Andrew Cox – Batmobile

DEXTER TAYLOR ‘TUFF TIN’

MEMORIAL AWARD

Mooneyes Dragster

TOP BIKE OVERALL

Brad Miskiewicz – 1999 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

MEGUIAR’S SUPERSTARS

Paul Castagna – 1932 Ford three-window coupe

Phil & Leonie Wall – 1932 Ford tudor

Stuart Vernon – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Mal Niall – 1966 Ford Galaxie