Event Coverage: Kustom Nats 2016

2016 saw our second visit to Kustom Nats, an event I  look forward to each year. The weather is always great and the Phillip Island parking area makes for a very photogenic background.


The best part of the Nats is the variety of machines around, you have Motorbikes, Volkswagen’s, Hot rod’s, Kustom’s and some oddball constructions in between.


The VW boys are always present when you have a kustom event like this, and everybody loves a Split window Combi, whether it be worn by the sands of time or beautifully restored.


This VW Type 3 seems to have started life as a notch back, but has since had the roof reshaped to make for a much sleeker profile.


From the VW’s we head over to the Hot rod’s with this ’34 Ford Coupe.


Nice clean period correct styling for this coupe, not overly flashy and the restraint on modifications equates to a very nice and clean rod indeed.


A full fendered ’32 Ford Tudor hi-boy is about as usable as a hot rod gets, and what better way to enjoy the fun with friends and family.


On from the hot rods we have this Kustom Hudson Hornet, though it’s hard to tell the base model in many of these kustom builds.


The kustom’s really excel when it comes to custom paint. Be it flames or flake, the work is often top level.


Pin striping as you can see on this fender, makes such an impact on a vehicle and really allow it to stand out, as no two works are ever the same.

Not only providing beautiful cars, the Kustom Nats also had live music playing, in multiple locations. The music is a key ingredient in making it a family friendly event.


Low and lovely, this two tone Ford Victoria looked sensational.


Heavily worked corners are all part of kustom styling. The metal work that goes in to the more hardcore creations is out of this world, the true heroes of metal work.


Then again the factory lines of this generation were stunning to begin with.


If you plan on altering the lines of a machine it is probably best to start with something that already looks this good.


Looking to make your car that little bit unique, why not throw a sticker on or commission some one off work for your pride and joy.


And on that note we conclude this years coverage of the Kustom Nats.

Stick with us as we have plenty more coverage from various events.


Photos: Chris Carver + Nick Drew

Words: Nick Drew


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