THE Queensland Hot Rod Show is one of the longest-running indoor shows in the country, and notched up its 48th event in early July. The event went into hiatus last year – after shows at the Brisbane Convention Centre in 2015-2017 – but was back this year at its traditional home of the RNA Showgrounds.
The event saw some killer cars debut, including Jason Behan’s MINTVAL VG Valiant coupe, which we featured in bare metal back in the June 2016 issue of SM. Ben Jack’s crazy Viper V10-powered ’68 Dodge Coronet also made its first show appearance and jagged the prized People’s Choice Award. Both Mopars scored invites to the Meguiar’s Superstars competition at MotorEx 2020, along with Russell Weaver’s killer ’69 Camaro and Michael Groves’s ’55 Chev.
The top prize at the Queensland Hot Rod Show is the Milty Award, which is given to the most outstanding vehicle of the show, named in honour of the late Milton Adey, who was a drag racer, senior ANDRA official, legendary commentator and mainstay of the hot car scene in Queensland. This year’s winner was Gary Coates’s ’34 tudor, which also scooped up a ton of other trophies, including Best Custom Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine Compartment, Best Undercarriage and Best Displayed Vehicle.
Top Street Machine went to Niko Prommnitz’s HK Monaro. Another super-sanitary build by Pat’s Pro Restos, the HK also landed Best Standard Paint, Top Two-Door (’49-70) and a spot in the Top 10
Gary Coates’s ’34 tudor was up against some stiff competition in the Street Rod class – including Dean Wilson’s MYDADS Plymouth and Rick Werner’s Summernats Grant Champ ’32, but he took out just about everything there was to win, including the Milty Award
Ben Jack’s 1968 Dodge Coronet is a full pro touring-style build, complete with twin-turbo, 510-cube Dodge Viper V10, T56 Magnum ’box and a completely revised suspension set-up
Dave Williams’s WILDCAT1962 Mk10 Jaguar is a stand-out custom, proving you don’t need to start with an American car to build a bitching lead sled
Chris Williams’s Mr Meaner III is a ’39 Chev pick-up, built gasser-style. Power is provided with by an old-school small-block, topped with fuellie heads and a cross-ram intake, backed by a four-speed Muncie rock crusher
The famous Bad Apple XR Falcon has a new owner – Andrew Wagstaff – and was looking killer on its new Weld rims
|1967 Chevrolet coupe
|1934 Ford coupe
|1970 Valiant coupe
|1932 Ford pick-up
|1951 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up
|Lloyd & Brenda Johnston
|1928 Ford tudor
|1968 Holden HK Monaro
|1934 Ford C400
|1976 Holden Torana
|1937 Plymouth coupe