The 2015 Queensland Hot Rod Show was held on 23 and 24 May 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank. It is the first time that the Show was held at the Convention Centre, and the feedback has been extremely positive on the move.
There was a huge array of top street rods, street machines, high tech, customs, competition and special interest vehicles on display. The massive hall at the Convention Centre did justice in showcasing the priceless metal on display, and it was also an excellent opportunity for our huge range of Trade Exhibitors to present their products at a first class venue in front of thousands of car enthusiasts!
Nathan Borg: Milty Award and Top Street Machine
It was a hotly contested Show this year, but Nathan is a deserved winner of the Milty Award, and it was fantastic to have the Datsun on display at this year's Show!
There were some fantastic examples of Australian Hot Rods and Street Machines on show. One highlight in particular was Glenn & Sonya Piggins' 1966 Ford Mustang, which will soon be making headlines around the country. It's definitely a fine example of what can be achieved in this category.
But, and it’s hard to disagree, the Datsun was the king of the Show. Nathan took out Best Standard Paint and Best Undercarriage, he earned a place in the Top Ten, the car was judged Top Street Machine of the Show, and of course, he was presented with the inaugural Milty Award!
It’s a stunning example of craftsmanship, and an excellent example of what can be achieved on the Australian custom car scene. The engine bay, the tray, the interior and the gorgeous paint job are exceptional. Pictures do not do cars like this justice. You must get along to a Show and see them in person to truly appreciate the amount of effort that is involved in presenting a car like this.
Special thanks goes to Pat's Pro Resto's & Refinishing for their generous sponsorship of this year's Milty Award.
Again, thank you so much to Nathan and the team for bringing the car to the Show. It was great having you here, and we hope to see you around soon!
Warren Baker: Top Street Rod
The battle for Top Street Rod this year was fierce. Some beautiful examples were on show. There were several stand out entries, including Graeme Urquhart's amazing '40 Ford Cabriolet, and Peter & Pat Fritsch's mint '32 Ford Coupe.
But, there can be only one winner, and Warren Baker’s ’34 Ford Coupe is absolutely unbelievable. A true masterpiece, and a deserved winner of the top prize in class at this year’s Show.
We took a stack of photos of the coupe, but all that did was get in the way of staring at it. Everything on the ’34 seems to have been well planned and, most importantly, well executed. From the paint, to the engine bay, and from the interior down to the car’s show display. Everything has been executed to perfection.
If you are a lover of all things Hot Rod, you have to see this car in person to truly appreciate it. Well done Warren - a deserved winner of the top prize in class!
Graeme Urquhart: 2015 People’s Choice Award
It’s the choice of the people! One of the Queensland Hot Rod Show’s most coveted awards. The car that steals the hearts and minds (and votes) of the thousands of people that attend the Show.
People’s Choice awards often provide for the biggest surprise packet of our shows. More often than not, the winners of these awards are not judged to be the best Street Machines or Hot Rods on show. But despite this, they somehow generate the biggest crowds and capture the heart and soul of every car enthusiast at the show.
Graeme Urquhart's 1940 Ford is a magnificent car. In addition to receiving the People's Choice Award, Graeme also earned a spot in the Top Ten, was judged Top Roadster, and was also judged 2nd in the 'Best Displayed Vehicle' category.
To come away from any Queensland Hot Rod Show with the People’s Choice award is truly special, and a just reward for the hard work and dedication of the owners and builders of the cars.
Well done Graeme! Thanks again for coming to the Show, we hope to catch up again soon.