You only had to stand atop the entry foyer to the FreeStyle Rides pavilion and look out across the impressive array of immaculately-presented machinery to be in no doubt that 3M Street Elite is the biggest and fastest-growing category at Meguiar’s MotorEx. In fact, for Melbourne, this category was oversubscribed, with around 20 high-quality applicants missing the cut.
As Meguiar’s MotorEx has matured as an event, so too has the popularity of 3M Street Elite. In this class, competitors are encouraged to build machinery with elite-quality paint, body, interior and engine bay, however not so much detail in the undercarriage. Also, the overriding emphasis is on vehicles that are genuinely- registered and street driven. Given this criteria, it’s understandable that 3M Street Elite is far and away the largest judged category at Meguiar’s MotorEx.
For this reason, it’s also the most fiercely contested, with numerous competitors going all-out for a chance of grabbing one of 25 awards on offer. It really is hard-core nowadays! Once the judges had finalised their scores, the four major Pinnacle awards went to Reece Christensen (Street Machine) for his 1960 Chevy Biscayne, Jeffery Jorgensen (Hot Rod) for his maroon 1941 Willys roadster, Lisa Defazio (Custom Cruizer) for her Richard Zocchi-built 1960 Dodge Pioneer and Shane Kennett (Tuner) for his ballistic 2002 Ford Laser.