AFTER wowing crowds at MotorEx last year, winning Top Judged Elite at Summernats, and then making the Super Six at MotorEx this year, the Barker family’s stunning FX ute was a very worthy winner of the Grand Master award at this year’s Meguiar’s MotorEx.
Even though it was 20 years in the build, Grahame and his son Colin managed to keep the car current and contemporary by keeping abreast of modern trends and styles – including the trick front indicators hidden in the grille blades and electrically operated bonnet and tray lid.
The titanium silver paint – a tweaked Lexus colour – and taupe interior will never date, and now that it’s won just about every trophy it can, they can finally get out and cruise the old girl – after all, it was only ever meant to be a neat driver.
But after stuffing VS Commodore rear end under its bum and smoothing the whole thing they had to continue that level of love across the rest of the car. That saw adding independent front suspension and a supercharged Commodore V6 into the mix.
While the trophies and medals are nice, the honour of having Chip Foose draw the car will most likely be their most treasured memento of the whole experience.