Video: Street Machine hall at MotorEx 2024

J-Bens takes a tour of the jam packed Street Machine hall at Meguiar's MotorEx 2024

Photographers: Chris Thorogood

Meguiar’s MotorEx #22 at the Melbourne Showgrounds was a cracker of an event, and we were privileged to get the naming rights of the big Street Machine Show Pavilion.

Our stand featured the magnificent Bubba Medlyn, spinning our chocolate wheel of fortitude and giving away a stack of prizes to happy punters. He’s still looking for his Robin.

We also had Heath van der Waerden’s Torana hatch and the Dutchy’s Garage WRX-swapped Mini, both a big hit with the hundreds of people who stopped by to say g’day.

Our mates at the Castlemaine Rod Shop had their full transporter setup, while the Street Elite Showcase, Muscle Car Marvel and sex spec machines offered ton of variety throughout the precinct.

Gorgeous 3D designs by Matt Barnsley of The Render Garage popped up all around MotorEx, and this year he rocked up in his freshly imported DeLorean – the realisation of a childhood dream. Loaded up with Back to the Future memorabilia, it delighted kids and adults alike all weekend.

It was amazing to see Scott Briant’s resurrected KE55 Corolla. He sold the car in 2009, and it sat essentially unused in a shed until he bought it back last year. He’s left most of it as per the old days aside from a wheel and induction update. It’s hard to believe that paint is 20 years old!

Paul Vavitis’s VL Calais Turbo is a family heirloom, reborn as one of the cleanest VLs we’ve seen. A forged RB30 single-jammer, custom bucket rear seats and 20in Simmons rims are the major stand-outs, with the rest of the car presenting better than Holden could’ve done itself.

Sean Basford’s SKIDRAGIN Celica has gone blown, earning pride of place in the Street Elite hall and picking up the Pro Comp Fabrication award along the way. “I didn’t see this coming and can’t believe I won this, but hard work pays off,” Sean said. “I’m pretty stoked.” The fresh Nardo Grey finish is almost too nice to put on the burnout pad, but that won’t stop Sean!

It was a wicked time, and we’re already counting the day till next year!