At a loose end this weekend? Do you like the smell of Castrol R, the glint of polished chrome and the old-school simplicity of a classic Hot Rod? Perhaps youâ€™re a simple man, and just like horsepower, flame jobs and girls in cowboy hatsâ€¦?
Whatever the case may be, itâ€™s likely that the 44th Victorian Hot Rod Show will be right up your alley.
On display will be some of Australiaâ€™s most spectacular Hot Rods, cool customs and bikes. This year's event is sponsored by the VACC and, as always, organized by the Victorian Hot Rod Association. It will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Building, Carlton, over the Australia Day weekend, with more than 180 rods, customised cars, bikes and even boats on display for what will be a memorable four days.
Organisers are expecting in excess of 25,000 visitors over the course of the show.
Visitors to the Show will be invited to help choose â€˜Australiaâ€™s Coolest Rodâ€™. There is also a door prize of a motor scooter for one lucky show goer.
â€œIt is going to be a very exciting event. Expect plenty of chrome, amazing engines, riotous body-modifications and astonishing craftsmanship,â€ VACC General Manager, Communications and Marketing, Tim Oâ€™Brien said.
Participants will compete for the â€˜most desirable vehicleâ€™ on display award, with the first prize being a return to trip for the owner to the home of hot rods, the USA, where entry to similar custom car events will be provided.
â€œAnd the next generation of budding car artists will have their chance to show off their talents. Among the range of kidâ€™s activities, there will be a colouring competition, with trophies in the Under 5, Under 10, Under 15 and Open categories.
The 44th Victorian Hot Rod Show is at the Melbourne Exhibition Building.
Children under 12 $10
Family pass (2 adults with children) $40
Friday January 23: Noon â€“ 10pm
Saturday & Sunday January 24 & 25: 10am â€“ 10pm
Monday January 26: 10am â€“ 6pm