Meguiar’s MotorEx is Australia’s most prestigious aftermarket automotive show and never fails to attract a host of big names and celebrities within the automotive scene. MotorEx Sydney 2015 is no exception, with the following line-up of motoring legends set to woo the crowds across the July 25-26 weekend.
Known as the King of Kustoms, George Barris is a giant in the world of customised cars with numerous major awards and over 100 famous creations to his credit. One of the first of which was at age 23, when his customised ’41 Buick snagged top honours at the 1948 Los Angeles Hot Rod Exposition. This launched a 60-year career of creating a host of iconic customs that have inspired countless other customisers. On top of being a prolific photo/journalist for the huge Peterson Publications empire, Barris took on Hollywood with his creative genius, knocking their socks off with a string of famous machines including the Munster Koach, Drag-U-La, Beverly Hillbillies Jalopy, 60s Batmobile and many, many others. Barris was also customiser to the stars, with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Elton John, Beach Boys, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and many others among his celebrity clientele. With Barris about to turn 90, this larger-than-life, living legend’s trip down under to MotorEx Sydney is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that’s not to be missed.
Revered as a racer’s racer, John Bowe (or JB, as he’s affectionately known) is one of Australia’s most successful motor racing personalities. Accolades include the daunting feat of winning seven national championships across four different categories, including; Australian Drivers’ Championship (1984 & 1985), Australian Sports Car Championship (1986), Australian Touring Car Championship (1995) and Touring Cars Masters Championship (2011, 2012 & 2014). Two Bathurst 1000 wins (1989 & 1994), three Bathurst 12-Hour victories (1995, 2010 and 2014) and induction into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame (2009) are also standout career highlights. When you look at the stats on Australian racers, JB sits at the very top for; race wins, pole positions, fastest laps and times on the podium. And shortly after MotorEx Sydney, JB will rack up his 1000th race start making him Australia’s most successful circuit racer in history. Head to MotorEx Sydney to say G’Day to JB, get a happy snap and maybe even an autograph from this true Aussie motoring legend.
Confessing to having no ability to build cars, the internationally-famous artist Max Grundy prefers to let his uber-cool fine-art and T-shirts express his automotive interests. He uses the catchphrase; “Fear is the new beauty,” to describe his distinctive post-apocalyptic style. To reinforce the fear element in his work, Max incorporates various facets of people’s phobias, such as nuclear holocaust, invasion, war, flying, drowning, sharks, etc. Another inspiration is 40s and 50s-style propaganda, infused with different aspects of American, Russian, German and Japanese culture – all combined with a strong hot rod and nostalgic influence. On top of creating an array of eye-catching artworks for SEMA, the US-based Grundy is the man behind the new-look MotorEx poster and Meguiar’s Australia 25-year commemorative T-shirt. At Meguiar’s MotorEx Sydney, Grundy will have a selection of his eye-catching art for sale. He’s also bringing his crayons so that he knock up a personalised, one-off rendering of your streeter. What a way to immortalise your ride?
Despite his famous 1992 Bathurst podium outburst, Jim Richards really does live up to his moniker of Gentleman Jim – a nickname earned for his hard, yet fair driving style during his 50-year career. A man of immeasurable talent, Jim has garnered success across a diverse array of motorsport disciplines such as circuit racing, karting, speedway and rallying – both dirt and tarmac rallies such as Targa Tasmania, which he’s won an unprecedented seven times! He’s amassing a mountain of significant victories, including; four Australian Touring Car championships (1985, 1987, 1990 & 1991), seven Bathurst 1000s (1978, 1979, 1980, 1991, 1992, 1998 & 2002) and induction into the V8 Supercar hall of fame in 2006. His broad versatility has netted Jim multiple GT titles (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2002) a Carrera Cup championship (2003) an Australian NASCAR tittle (1996) and two TCM championships (2010 & 2013). The ever-fast Kiwi will be making a number of star appearances at MotorEx Sydney, including signing sessions as the part of the Shannons Real Street Blvd.