Showcars Melbourne 2022

Showcars Melbourne took over Moonee Valley Racecourse on Sunday for a different kinds of horsepower

Photographers: Chris Thorogood

The eleventh Showcars Melbourne event hit Moonee Valley Racecourse on Sunday. Promoted by Elvis Barbieri, the event was a cracking get together for a Melbourne car scene that is still awakening from its COVID-induced slumber.

Two Meguiar’s Superstars invitations were handed out at the event, one going to Kevin and Margaret Baird’s FX Holden. Built by Deluxe Rod Shop, the humpy debuted at Summernats 34 and hides a ton of clever tricks under it’s improved stock exterior. Feature soon!

The other car headed to Superstars fame is Frank Darmanin’s staunch PROGM8 VH Commodore. VH also placed in the Top Five and took out the Top Elite gong.

The rest of the Top Five was rounded out by Jack and Heath Madgwick’s EH Holden, Matt Olver’s ’34 coupe, Dean Rickard’s HT Monaro and and John Corigliano’s white XY Falcon.

Pat Langdon purchased this HQ many years ago as a young man, but recently gave it a massive birthday, including a monster big block. The beast reminds us of Ron Barclay’s legendary LOPREM, but with much more muscle.

The resto job on this Trans-Am blew our minds! Flick to the next image to suss out the interior, it is a ripper.

Last year, Kristie Cooper and Craig McKenzie blew minds with their Auto Salon-spec S14 200SX. This time around they brought this killer lowrider trike, complete with detailed undercarriage!

Chris Borg took out Top van/ute with his family heirloom FJ ute.

Max McGinnis nabbed Top Custom for his stunning ’39 bomb.

It was great to see the McCue familiy HZ Sandman – otherwise known as Luke’s PV – at the show.

I don’t normally get too worked up over Mk IV Toyota Supras, but this one is just right.

Even eight years after making its debut, Lou Ackovski’s TOXICQ is still an absolute standout streeter.

We didn’t catch up with the owner of this LJ GTR XU-1, but damn! Just check out the killer engine bay detailing, stance and overall awesomeness.

We also missed the owner of this C10, but lordy! What a truck.

Pro Street legend Mick McGrath brought his brutally-tough, but stunningly-finished HQ.