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> LEGENDARY US CUSTOMISER GENE WINFIELD TOPPED A STELLAR BILL AT THIS YEAR’S HOT ROD & CUSTOM AUTO EXPO

STORY ANDREW BROADLEY PHOTOS BEN HOSKING

A BEVY of distinguished international guests, along with a great atmosphere and 168 kick-arse hot rods and street machines made the 2017 Hot Rod & Custom Auto Expo at Rosehill Racecourse a beaut way to spend the Mothers’ Day weekend.

Jimmy Shine, Charley Hutton, Tom Kelly, Sabina Kelley and legendary car crafter Gene Winfield were all front and centre to meet and greet fans, sign autographs and perform demonstrations.

Indeed, Sydneysider Dave Pagano was lucky enough to have Winfield perform one of his world-famous roof chops on his ’54 Chevy coupe on the Melomotive trade stand.

Dave met Melomotive’s Peter Lamb when he bought some parts from him via Facebook, and the pair got talking about their mutual appreciation of vintage race boats. “Peter spotted my ’54 Chevy and told me he was looking for a car for Gene Winfield to chop at the event, and he asked me if I was interested,” Dave said. “I’ve had the car since I was 17 and always wanted to chop it, so it worked out well. I watched Gene working on the car – he’s pretty fit for his age. He was up on the bonnet and he was measuring and working away. He’s doing all right for 90!”

The big winner of the show was reigning SMOTY champion XBOSS, as it continues to circumnavigate the country winning just about everything. It scored Top Two-Door in the Street Machine class, along with Top Street Machine Overall, and the coveted Car Of The Show award.

On the hot rod front, Alan Hale’s ’28 Model A was declared Top Tudor and Top Street Rod Overall.

“It was another very successful show,” promoter Andy Minas said. “A big attraction was the Freestyle Kings Motocross Stunt Show, which always brings a huge crowd. We had free bungee trampolines for the kids, and a free Mothers’ Day pamper station for the mums. The response we had from our traders was also extremely positive, with most of them re-booking their positions for 2018. We’re happy to confirm the dates for next year’s show are 26 and 27 May 2018.”