THE exquisite 1959 FC Holden of Echuca-Moama’s Mal Apps (pictured) was a hit once again at last month’s Meguiar’s MotorEx car show in Melbourne, driving away from the event with a silver medal.
The car finished second in the ‘Interior and Rear Compartment’ section of the superstar category.
MotorEx is one of Australia’s biggest car shows with more than 400 of the nation’s wildest custom and modified vehicles on display.
Mr Apps has won awards at past MotorEx events with his FC Holden but this was a surprise result, considering he was told to enter his car in a higher section than originally planned.
‘‘I thought I was going in the elite section but I got there and they told me ‘no, you’re going up to the superstar section’,’’ Mr Apps said.
The award was judged on the upholstery and other elements of the interior.
‘‘It was the roof lining, the detail, all the precise bits and pieces that won it,’’ Mr Apps said.
The interior has Subaru bucket seats, trimmed in a mix of leather, tweed cloth and carpet.
There is a handmade old Chev frame around a Dakota Digital dash. The dashboard was extended 100mm to house the electronics and braking system.
The front doors were extended 10mm to hide the B-pillars and the rounded door corners squared up.
The boot is trimmed to match the car’s interior.
Mr Apps’ car finished second behind the gold meal winner, a stunning golden 1938 Fordson van.
‘‘It’s the best show I’ve been to,’’ Mr Apps said.
‘‘It’s very hard competition. You’re up against cars that have had three-quarters of a million dollars spent on them.
Mr Apps’ FC Holden was modified four years ago and has not been greatly added to since.
‘‘Four MotorEx’s later and upholstery design has changed dramatically,’’ he said.
Mr Apps said it was ‘‘terrific’’ to win silver at the 2018 event.
He will miss the next MotorEx event in Sydney next year, but is looking forward to entering his car again when the event returns to Melbourne in 2020.