This was my first year at the Kustom Nats, and it was awesome. I covered our roadtrip down from Sydney in a ’40s Pontiac here. In this post I’ll cover the event itself.
The Friday arvo and night sees a great laidback show and shine at San Remo. The town is located on the mainland, at the end of the bridge to Phillip Island. With views across the passage, heaps of cool cars and some good bands, the night has a great relaxed vibe. A great way to start the weekend.
Saturday morning sees us roll out to the grand prix circuit on the island. Somehow I don’t mind being stuck in a cue like this.
Soon enough we’re inside and park up in the pits, where this a slow trickle of cool cars coming in. For my first trip to Victoria for a rod and custom show, it was awesome to look around and see so many cars I’ve seen in mags and online in the metal. After signing over our mortal souls, we got an armband and not too much later headed out onto the track. Man the view as you roll out of the pits onto the main straight, the road rolls away underneath you revealing an endless horizon of ocean. Wow. I’ve got to say it was one of those really special moments which will stay with me for sometime.
The remainder of the day was basically a mix of cutting laps alongside some of the coolest cars in the country, stopping on the side of the track to get some pics, and then heading back to the pits to check the cars which were parked up.
The main town on the island is called Cowes. For a little town, it certainly punches above its weight when it comes to good food. Saturday arvo we checked out some antique stores and then wandered down to check out the show and shine in the main street. It was neat, but seriously busy with entrants, locals, and general tourists. The best part was an array of food stalls, and some of them smelt amazing. After a while we got sick of the crowds, and retreated to a mate’s cabin for some drinks.
Sunday we headed out to the grand prix circuit, and it was basically more of the same – checking out the parked cars, cutting some laps, stopping to get some pics and then heading back to the pits to see what different cars were there.
And that’s pretty much it. Sunday arvo we headed back to Cowes for some gelato and took it easy. We had a few drinks back at the cabin, but given we had a 12+ hour drive home the next day we didn’t have a big one. All in all, it was one of the best weekends I’ve had with some mates and old cars, and next time I’m keen to drive my EK.