After a six year absence from the show scene, Local enthusiast & event organiser Paul Beck and his team delivered an impressive array of awesome machinery at the first Killer Rides Live indoor show.
Based around a similar format to Paul's long-running Hot Car Titles & Custom Bike Expo run at the same venue, KRL featured some of the current top show, street and competition cars in the country.
Among the group it was great to see many local cars that frequent the IMCC Monthly Meets, in fact a good percentage of the cars on display we've seen at least once at the meets over the past two and a bit years.
When it comes to shows like this they're success in the eyes of the public is often judge by the quality of the cars on display and KRL certainly didn't disappoint!
Craig Dixon's stunning HQ Monaro certainly got a lot of attention during the weekend, and for good reason with every inch of the car detailed to a high degree.
Easily the most popular car at the show, Craig took out a bih haul of awards including 'Best paint', 'Best Engine Bay', runner up for 'Best Interior' and 'Best Coupe/Tudor'.
Craig's HQ also made it into the 'Killer Top 5' and also took home the big one, 'Australia's Supreme Killer Ride'!
Jim Ayoubi's blown XC Falcon was another crowd favorite. the sleek silver/grey coupe also made it into the 'Killer Top 5' and scored 'Best Body', 'Best Interior' and runner up for 'Best Engine Bay'.
One of the toughest Hot Rods we've seen for a while, Tony Murr's 34 Ford Coupe is on another level. Gorgeous paint work, tough-as-nails driveline and detailed top to tail, she was a stunner!
Tony scored runner up for 'Best Undercarriage' and also made it into the 'Killer Top 5'.
The top awards for 'Best Undercarriage' and 'Best Hot Rod' went to Chris Abela and his beautifully-presented '32 Ford Tudor, also making it into the 'Killer Top 5'.
Another green machine that had jaws on the floor over the weekend was Con Gousis' flawless LC Torana KNG400. One of our personal favorites from the meet, Con deservedly went home with a handful of awards including Éntrants Choice', runner up for both 'Best Body' and 'Best Coupe/Tudor'.
On top of that Con also made it into the 'Killer Top 5', joining a select group of individuals behind some of the coolest cars in the show scene today.
Local VW guru Wayne Penrose had a killer due of cars on display. Wayne's VRod is a common sight out cruising the streets of the Illawarra most weekends and was certainly not out of place amongst the show-stoppers, while the recently rebuilt circuit racer 'Pheonix' had everyone impressed, including us. With the amount of detailing and engineering involved it wasn't surprising it took out 'Best Engineered' and 'Best Display'.
Another competition-based car that got everyone's attention was Tommi Raikko's soon-to-be-6-second twin turbo LJ Torana. Although the car is a dedicated racer this thing is definitely up there with the cleanest of show cars and in our eyes the trophy for 'Best Competition Car' was Tommi's before the hockey stadium doors even opened for the weekend!
Hands-down our favorite car of the event was definitely Michael Galeski's immaculate HT GTS. This was the first time we'd seen Michaels car with the new individual throttle intake setup that replaced the blower and although some may see it as a downgrade, it was anything but in our eyes!
The HT's engine bay pretty much sums up the saying 'Less is more', proving that you don't need an over the top setup to deliver show-stopping appeal and that point was proven with the car being awarded 'Best genuine Street Car', 'Peoples Choice' and the 'Tony Roberts Memorial Award' for the coolest ride, chosen by the the late Mr Roberts family which was truly an honor!
Runner up for 'Best Genuine Street Car' and one of the most out-there cars of the show was Phil Bussoletti's flash-looking Pantera.
Not only was this car a stand out as far as looks go, the amount of detail in the build was awe-inspiring to say the least!
The low-n-slow crew were well represented at the show too with three local lads parking up their rides for the two day event. Some of the coolest rides to have cruised the Illawarra streets in a long time, Juan Carlos Carrion, Ruben Navarro & Paul Chetcuti's lowriders are always a hit and the three battled it out amongst themselves for 'Best Lowrider' which ended up being taken home by Juan with his '67 Impala.
The standard of paint work on display at KRL was world-class as seen below on George Papas' sweet '66 Mustang, coincidentally enough the three most impressive having come from the same shop Custom Bodyworks, a name VERY well know in the show car scene for obvious reasons.
One of the cleanest cars on display at the meet, George walked away with 'Best Street Machine' and runner up for 'Best Paint'.
Another monster Mustang and an IMCC Monthly Meet regular, Tony Talak's blown '68 Mustang was awarded 'Best Pro Street'
Anthony Safar's VK scored big points with us thanks to it's classic yet cutting edge styling and beefy late model driveline.
Blown LSA up front, huge brakes behind the awesome-looking 3-piece deep dish wheels it was no surprise it won 'Best Retro Tech' and 'Best Sedan'.
KRL wasn't just cars though with several traders setting up stands and displays looking to interact with car owners and spectators, us included.
We took full advantage of the opportunity the touch base with the local enthusiasts and the general public to let them know what IMCC is all about.
Our new marquee set up along with our own project car of sorts, Jason's twin turbo LS Corolla looking the part and drawing the people in where we got to chat and meet a lot of new faces and spread the word about the things we're involved with.
The Frankies team kept the music flowing throughout the weekend and had several wicked cars on display including this wicked lambo, the Cyber Motorsports Monaro and of course the Batman ute.
X-Piggy also had a lot of cool gear on display, showing off all the cool services they have on offer from laser cutting and engraving, UV printing, etching, 3D printing and much much more! They even built the awards and major trophy for the show.
As avid car enthusiasts and fans of all makes and models from every scene, we're glad to see the return of such a high-class indoor show to the Illawarra and the Killer Rides team have done a great job after such a long break from the scene.
We're hoping to see this show back again next year, bigger and better with another awesome variety of cars. But for now, if you'd like to see more from the show, head over to the 'Event Gallery' page HERE for the rest of our snaps from the show. Also you can see the full winners list be sure to check out the KRL video below-