Walking into the Liqui-Moly Performance Garage, you couldn’t help but be impressed. The lofty canopy of the cavernous Grand Pavilion gave you an instant sense of grandeur. And that was before taking in the vast array of more than 200 jaw-dropping vehicles and the stellar line-up of specialist exhibitors from all aspects of the aftermarket automotive performance industry.
There were so many highlights, it’s hard to know where to start. In one corner you had the Dyno Dynamics demonstrations echoing across the Melbourne Showgrounds that had people running to catch a glimpse every time a car ran. Listening to those hard-working engines was music to most people’s ears; one smiling father who was cupping his son’s ears was overheard saying, “Give it a few more years and you’ll love it, son.”
In the diagonally-opposite corner was the imposing 10-car burnout corral. These brutal monsters pulled a massive crowd, with many spectators being invited to jump in for a memorable photo opportunity. With their attention-grabbing paint schemes and outrageous engine combos, they were surefire winners with show goers. Equally popular was the stellar line-up of Touring Car Masters and Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour machinery. Race driver and international movie mega-star Eric Bana swung past on Sunday to check out the F.X.D-sponsored Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 he co-drove at the 2014 12-Hour. Eric proved to be a great sport, enthusiastically posing for numerous happy snaps. Savy Motorsport also had their four drivers from the four TCM front runners they field on hand for signings.
For many years, Meguiar’s MotorEx was all about the glitz and glamour of the show cars. However enthusiasts are just as passionate about sourcing definitive and accurate information on enhancing, building, restoring and maintaining their rides – which is the life-blood of the Liqui-Moly Performance Garage. With the significant increase in exhibitor numbers, MotorEx Melbourne was more like SEMA; no other Australian event affords the same level of access to the people who build, maintain and drive these performance and motorsport machines. Spectators responded well, with many exhibitors reporting excellent response. “We haven’t seen this type of vibe for more than 10 years,” stated the crew from Exclusive Collectibles. Many exhibitors have already committed to taking bigger and better stands next time. The sheer scale and depth of the Liqui-Moly Performance Garage was such that it could have easily been a stand-alone event. Yet it was a fraction of the overall MotorEx experience.