MotorEx 2017 Highlights

Meguiar’s MotorEx is the largest and most prestigious car show of its kind in Australia. Each year Meguiar’s MotorEx attracts Australia’s best custom and modified cars, which travel from all over the country to create an amazing visual spectacle of colour, chrome and individual style. 

This year’s MotorEx did not disappoint, with the calibre of vehicles on display ranking amongst the world’s best. 

Speaking of world’s best, Haltech was also in attendance with our new interactive display featuring live drive by wire control, data acquisition, AFR Gauges and an OBD2 mobile display all running through a Haltech Elite ECU. 

Also bringing the crowds to the stand was self-confessed car chick and social media influencer Melissa Grace. Melissa is no stranger to the car scene having previously won Miss World Time Attack, Miss Jamboree, and Miss Powercruise during her career. She has also travelled to the USA and been involved in the SEMA car show and Hot Import Nights.

Castle Hill Performance’s Holden Commodore was also drawing a crowd to the Haltech stand. The big blue bruiser has been around the traps for a few years, but this was the first time the public has seen it in its new twin-turbo big-block guise. 

Fresh in the bay are that new big block Chev, super shiny Plazmaman intake manifold, and new Turbosmart BOVs.

Behind the scenes, the whole show is fully managed by a Haltech Elite 2500 and Race Expansion Module, along with a Haltech IQ3 dash, and Smartwire PDM linking the whole shebang together. Castle Hill is the team behind Nathan Farrugia’s record breaking RX3, so we can’t wait to see what this bad boy can do once Dale and the guys get it fired up.  

Away from the stand Haltech-powered cars were a highlight amongst their carbied brethren turning heads and taking home some precious MotorEx tinware. 

This 1932 Ford Tudor is powered by a fuel injected Dart SHP 400ci engine with a Haltech engine management system, singing to the tune of 600HP! 

The attention to detail on this build is just incredible. 

MotorEx wouldn’t be complete without some classic Aussie Muscle.

This baby blue Torana features Haltech-controlled LS goodness put together by our friends at Grim Performances. Keep your eyes peeled for a Haltech Heroes video on this beauty in the not too distant future!

Loving that flush mounted Haltech IQ3 dash.

It wasn’t all hot rods and muscle cars at MotorEx, however. Motive DVD brought some high tech import power to the party including DM Motorsport’s Haltech-powered S15 GT300 race car.

Check out our Haltech Hereos feature on Dale’s piece of rare JDM history here

Also flying the Nissan flag was Motive DVD’s own JET200 Time Attack Open Class race car.

Believe it or not, this car actually began its life as a show car, not too dissimilar to many on display around it. 

Brian Bugh’s new build is one that we can’t wait to see completed. 

The R35 is being powered by a twin turbo VR with a full Haltech system to be installed soon.

The cockpit is full of fancy billet and race-bred performance products, including an Albins sequential gearbox. 

Brent Murray’s 1968 Dodge Dart caught our eye.

It is powered by CNC Motorsports Chrysler 440 and Dyers Blower. 

Mopar perfection!

Fire Chief, built by Rod Hadfield started life as Fiat Topolino hard top

The unusual engine sitting in the bay is a 527ci V12 from a ’48 American LaFrance Fire Truck.

The engine is fitted with twin dizzys, twin plugs and can run on six or 12 cylinders. 

Shoehorning it into the little Topolino required adding 14-inches into the body and the fabrication of a custom chassis.

Another MotorEx favourite of ours was this 1932 Ford Pickup

Named Tequila Sunset this beauty is powered by a supercharged 383ci Chevy. 

With big brakes, big wheels, and modern rubber, the “deuce ute” most likely stops and handles just as well as it goes in a straight line. 

While the interior looks like a great place to spend an afternoon cruising.

Kicking back to the classic era of hot-rodding this 1932 HiBoy Roadster kept things traditional.

The Ford Flathead V8 has been stroked to 284ci.

 While the performance isn’t going to match that of many modern cars driving this around it doesn’t even matter, because you’re in one of the coolest looking cars on the street. 

On Sunday afternoon MotorEx announced a new partnership with the team from Summernats – which means MotorEx is only going to get bigger and better in years to come.


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