The WA Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular is always a great weekend. There are always new cars to see, people to catch up with and a great vibe about the place.
Forged made a special effort this year inviting along nine cars and their owners to have their machines on display and I don’t think there was ever a moment that somebody wasn’t kicking around our area admiring the high-quality rides that we feature.
One of the biggest winners and totally unexpectedly was Jason Lowry. Now anyone will tell you that his Chevy hot rod is awesome and a trophy-winner all day long, but Jason wasn’t even thinking about taking home any silverware, so imagine his surprise when by the end of the presentations he needed another two sets of arms to take all his trophies back to his car! “I didn’t think they were serious when they called my name the first time and then when it started happening over and over the reality that I had built a trophy winner started to sink it. I only came to the show to support the team at Forged so to get the kudos and acclaim that I did, well, it was very flattering,” said Jason.
Jason walked away with Top Hot Rod Overall, the Meguiars Superstars pick, the prestigious Dexter Taylor Tuff Tin award and the list literally goes on! Other winners on the Forged stand were Johnny Ielati who won Top Street Machine 49-70 for the second year running in his Benzenes Detailing prepped XW Fairmont, Anthony Palazzo who grabbed 3rd Place Street Machine ’71 on with his awesome XY Falcon, Stephen Molson snared R/Up Top Ute with his 9-second S&E Automotives HZ and John Murray was awarded Top Competition with his ultra-slick RX7 race car. Justen Brown debuted his killer new skid car for us, Wayne Pereira brought his Outlaw Porsche along – that was easily the most admired car of the show and Reuben Bourke and Jamie Paolucci both attended with their VW and R32 GTR respectively. The Forged stand was all about highlighting the sort of diversity we are proud to represent with the magazine.
One of our favourite cars at the show was Greg Freeman’s sweet Pro Touring ’69 Camaro that took out the Top Street Machine Overall title and a host of other shiny collectibles. The ultra-sano looking car was rocking a heap of neat engineering and all the right stuff to be a desirable package. Another great looking Camaro belonged to Luke Zappara. His big block powered machine looked splendid in blue. We had a good look over the car and we were impressed! Glen Anderson drove his ’34 Coupe back over the Nullarbor for his hometown show and snared a heap of awards. Crazy to think that only weeks prior, the supercharged machine was out in the desert collecting dust and bugs!
It wouldn’t have been a show without a Ben Forster and his Japan-conquering ’27 Ford known as the Coupster. We featured the car in the last issue and were there when it made its debut over in the land of the rising sun. It was great to see it lit up like a Christmas tree on display and even better to see how the WA crowds appreciated the unique-stylings of the show rod.
Much respect goes to Mark ‘Coops’ Cooper who enlisted a great display of cars from the XA-XB-XC Coupes WA club. Full of energy and enthusiasm at the show he was only too happy to talk the punters and do his best to convert everyone into coupe fans!
Overall, the show rocked again and Forged couldn’t be happier to be involved. Bring on next year!