Kindig Custom Car Show: results

The full rundown from a big showing at the Adelaide 500 for the Kindig Custom Car Show

Photographers: Shaun Tanner

It has been a massive couple of weeks for the street machine scene in Adelaide.

On the 17-18 of November, the Adelaide Auto Expo went off like a frog in a sock at Wayville Showgrounds.

Dan Morton’s FORGED XY Fairmont continued its winning form, picking up firsts in every category of elite judging and taking out the Elite Car of Show gong.

Then, the very next week saw the Kindig Custom Car Show run as part of the VAILO Adelaide 500, the final event of the 2023 Supercars championship.

Dave Kindig and co-star Kevin Schiele brought two cars from the US to the event, a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette and a wild, never-seen-before 1967 Camaro.

The show proper was divided into Elite, Street Elite and Show ‘n’ Shine categories, with Street Machine Summernats judge Rachael Durbidge and Geof Tartoosie from Adelaide Auto Expo doing the groundwork and assisting the Kindig boys with the judging.

“They loved it, and they took a really strong interest in the Australian-made cars in particular,” Rachael told us. “FORGED grabbed a lot of their attention as you’d expect, because they don’t put that much into four door cars in the States like we do here.”

FORGED dominated the Elite judging, with firsts in all categories and the Elite Car of Show gong once more. As for personal picks from the Kindig fellas, Dave took a particular liking to Ron Goodman’s radial-engined Porsche 356, and Kev chose Luke Mitchell’s EVIL LJ Torana.

“They loved hanging out with all the fans and entrants, so much so they actually missed doing the flag drop for the Top 10 Shootout on track so they could stay longer,” says Rachael. “They’re super keen to come back to Australia, and the show was a major success – people were coming through all weekend checking out elite cars they don’t usually get to see.”

Elite trophy list

Elite 3rd Place Best Interior & Rear Compartment54 ChevroletMike Davison
Elite Runner Up Best Interior & Rear Compartment52 COERob Dickson
Elite Best Interior & Rear CompartmentXY Ford FalconDan Morton
Elite 3rd Place Best Engine Bay & Components68 CamaroJoe Esposito
Elite Runner Up Best Engine Bay & ComponentsLJ ToranaLuke Mitchel
Elite Best Engine Bay & ComponentsXY Ford FalconDan Morton
Elite 3rd Place Best Undercarriage & Driveline39 FordBob Bull
Elite Runner Up Best Undercarriage & Driveline34 ChevroletSteve Aldrick
Elite Best Undercarriage & DrivelineXY Ford FalconDan Morton
Elite 3rd Place Best Body54 ChevroletMike Davison
Elite Runner Up Best BodyHR HoldenCraig McKenzie
Elite Best BodyXY Ford FalconDan Morton
Elite 3rd Place Best Paint39 FordBob Bull
Elite Runner Up Best Paint54 ChevroletMike Davison
Elite Best PaintXY Ford FalconDan Morton
Elite 3rd Place Best Display & Impact39 FordBob Bull
Elite Runner Up Best Display & Impact34 ChevroletSteve Aldrick
Elite Best Display & ImpactXY Ford FalconDan Morton
Dave’s Favourite356 PorscheRon Goodman
Kev’s FavouriteLJ ToranaLuke Mitchel

Elite Top 5 (no particular order)

Top 552 COERob Dickson
Top 5HR HoldenCraig McKenzie
Top 554 ChevroletMike Davison
Top 534 ChevroletSteve Aldrick
Top 5XW GT FalconJason Mansweto
Elite Car of ShowXY Ford FalconDan Morton

Street Elite trophy list

Street Elite Best Interior & Rear Compartment53FB HoldenJudy Beauchamp
Street Elite Best Engine Bay & Components54CV8 MonaroScott Brook
Street Elite Best Undercarriage & Driveline65EH Panel VanIan Wood
Street Elite Best Body54VE CoupeBrendan Findlay
Street Elite Best Paint87ChevelleAndrew Verri
Street Elite Best Display & Impact65EH Panel VanIan Wood
Dave’s Favourite Street Elite66VW RingoRobert Brown
Kev’s Favourite Street Elite76Holden ToranaJason Hannam

Street Elite Top 5 (no particular order)

Top 55571 BarracudaMatt Mitchel
Top 565EH Panel VanIan Wood
Top 587ChevelleAndrew Verri
Top 576Holden ToranaJason Hannam
Top 57132 Ford CoupeDave Bonnetti
Street Elite Car of Show53FB HoldenJudy Beauchamp

Show N Shine trophy list

Best Interior & Rear Compartment16Evo 8 LancerSpike
Best Engine Bay & ComponentsDatsun 1600Mr Ward
Best Body10C4 CorvetteBarry Dine
Best Paint1Holden MonaroSam Zullo
Best Display & Impact24Holden CruzeRick Mozzoni
Dave’s Favourite55 PontiacShane Withers
Kev’s FavouriteVE HDT UtePaul Amato

Show N Shine Top 5 (no particular order)

Top 511FJ HoldenMick Monterosso
Top 51753 ChevroletJerry Grant
Top 58XY GT FalconIvan Girardo
Top 524Holden CruzeRick Mozzoni
Top 51832 FordAndrew Lott
Car of Show – Show N Shine62Ford BA XR6Brad Mc Alpine