MOTORVATION is a West Aussie institution, and if you’ve been counting, it has been running for 33 years – one more than Summernats! For the past few years though, it’s been in a bit of a transitional phase with the management at the Perth Motorplex changing and the organisers struggling to find the right with the number of – and type of – cars they attract to the event.
A few years back there were around 800 cars in attendance, and while that might sound like a killer show, it usually resulted in a gridlocked cruise route and a large number of cars that you may or may not have been able to see at the shopping-centre car park. It’s also tough to find the right balance of steel-bumper versus late-model cars, because let’s face it, a lot of the younger crew are throwing money at Commodores and Falcons and making stupid amounts of horsepower – they’re the kind of people you need to include.
This year’s event was definitely down on numbers, which from an entrant’s point of view wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. It meant more chances to cruise and less time waiting in the staging lanes. Unlike Summernats, because the Motorplex is held at a drag strip, the cruising needs to be a little more structured, so they have a Smooth Cruise – where you’re meant to behave yourself – and a Super Cruise where you can cut sick.
The Elite tent had little more than a dozen cars on display, and you have to wonder whether Motorvation is the type of event that needs an elite show. To their credit, the organisers have made efforts to evolve this part of the event by making it an ‘active elite’ show, which means you can – if you choose – take your car out of its display and cruise the event, and even do some skids if you want.
Entrants in the burnout competitions were down on numbers as well, but the quality was right up there, with some killer performances put on by Chad Douglas in 2MENTAL, Chris Orchard in BALLISTIC and Matt James in COMPACT.
VIC Brockman (third from right) was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in August last year, so with a lot of help from best mate Dean Kelly (far right) and a heap of other friends, it was all hands on deck to get one last car built in time for Mototvation. The HT Premier wagon (with HK grille and tail-lights) features a nicely detailed 355 Holden, bright red trim and was painted in the shed! Check out our feature on the car on page 90.
I'm not sure what the future holds for Motorvation. It may never be a three-day event again, but I don’t see that as a negative. While it was a one-day-only event for spectators, entrants got to enjoy eighthmile drags, cruising and a drive-in show on the Friday night. If you're a West Aussie and on the fence about Motorvation, don't be. Get behind it and enjoy it for what it is - a long-running, laidback good time with your mates.