Onto the second part of MotorEx2013. I would like to begin with one of the craziest stories of dedication, perfection and persistence I have heard. This is a 1972 Holden Monaro GTS Coupe dubbed “Marilyn” owned by Karen Keeves, unveiled in 2011 after a three year ground-up restoration. It went back into the shop after MotorEx 2011 for “minor changes” and then unveiled again in 2012.

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The car was stripped down again with the undercarriage, exhaust system, interior, engine bay and engine all being modified again. A custom front grille, tail lights, exhaust, billet pedals, radiator, centre console and a lot more were made for the car, which was also put on a rotisserie so the undercarriage could be painted in the new red and black. Engine and interior also got repainted. If this is what minor changes are, I do not know what extensive changes would be!!

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The engine is a 6.2L LS3 V8 6 Speed, with around 560HP. The engine itself was welded to create a smooth finish, just like the engine bay. A set of one-off custom-made trumpets were fitted to the engine as well. The idea behind the engine in Karen’s words: “The engine bay was something I was passionate about; all I wanted to see was an engine, almost as if it didn’t run”.

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It is outstanding the levels people go to to achieve perfection at MotorEx. This Monaro was already an elite-level restored car, Street Machine cover car and had multiple MotorEx awards to its name.

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But MotorEx is not just about elite-level cars, and the show has a mix of cars for everyone. Rotaries, Australian and American muscle, race cars, street cars and Japanese cars all make an appearance.¬†Starting with rotaries, we have this Mazda R100 with a turbo 13B painted by 2SUS custom resprays. It’s rocking a set of Simmons of course.

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For Australian muscle, we have THOR, a 1969 Holden HT Monaro, sprayed in Barbados green, 308ci engine, 18×6 and 18×10 Weld wheels and a smoothed engine bay.

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Keeping with the Australian theme, we have Leigh Kenney’s 1988 VL Calais Turbo (with heavy emphasis on TURBO). It’s still sporting the RB30 motor, but now with a GTX4294R Turbo and 787hp at the rears.

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There are always high quality Japanese cars at MotorEx as well. Bodyform were displaying their FD RX7 Type RS owned by Rami Sadi, running a 13B single turbo with 425hp at 18psi.

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Good thing about MotorEx is that wherever you look, there are cars for everyone. Just across from the above RX7 was the Nissan Z Club and they had an original, mint S30 240Z.

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Keeping with the Nissans, but on a different theme we have the ADVAN Motorsport R33 GTR, called GRACER. This beast has been around the scene forever, and has over $150,000 in modifications. It’s now for sale at $75,000.

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One thing about MotorEx is that people go to extensive lengths on their cars and the detail work. Check out this hand-made and fabricated dash, centre console, pedal set up and interior panels in WILD CAD.

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Custom made one-off trumpets that are exposed through the bonnet.

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Even the wheels and brakes are giving the same attention to detail. Custom inserts painted to match the colour of the car and chromed brake calipers.

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Swinging around, there are always classic hot rods at the show as well. This 1932 3 window coupe called A Deuce built by Deuce Customs was a popular car at the show.

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BOYDSTER was a car you could not miss at MotorEx 2013. It stood out with a custom HOK Tangerine Orange over candy pearl, chromed 350 Chev motor with custom painted trumpets, and even flames on the undercarriage.

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MotorEx for the past couple of years has had the Real Street Boulevard outside the main hall. Real Street is a mixture of JDM cars on show for the public before entering the show. Want to say thank you to Joseph Hui of J_Hui Design / Photography for letting me use his photos. We have Anth’s very clean R32 GT-R, built by Dahtone Racing.

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ISON Industries had their freshly built EG Civic on show. This was mixture of JDM and USDM styles, a smoothed and tucked bay, Recaros, Takatas, cream paintjob and of course, VERY low.

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Built To Order had a number of cars in Real Street and inside the show as well. This Nissan S15 is sitting on custom finished VIP Modular VRC13s.

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Zen Garage and All Stars had their Maloo ute on show again. Still very different to see a aussie muscle car modified with JDM influences.

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Even classic Ferraris made the show at Real Street.

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Mmmmm, GT3 RS.

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Another huge show for MotorEx. Big name guest, twelve more elite cars unveiled, show extended to three days and bigger crowds. Here’s hoping 2014 is just as good!

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