One of our missions at Super Street is simple: To show our readers the finest cars and coolest trends from the global aftermarket community. We do our part in reporting on the car scene in our neck of the woods as well as in Japan; however, there's much more of the tuning community that's yet to receive limelight from other parts of the world, for example, Australia.
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and its entire population can be compared to the state of Florida. It doesn't compare to the U.S. in terms of the sheer number of cars and car enthusiasts for that matter, but there's something magical about what goes on down under. I was invited to visit Sydney last year for Fitted Festival V. Fitted is an annual event that brings together all aspects of the automotive and bike world. I'm talking about street cars, drift cars, drag, rally, dune buggies, lowriders, exotics, muscle cars, classics, Euros and more. Think of all the genres of vehicles you'll find at SEMA and that's what Fitted represents in an outdoor festival experience. It's founded on an environment that has no prejudices and welcomes anything on wheels and anyone who loves to drive and wrench on cars or bikes.
Last year's Fitted marked its fifth anniversary and to celebrate the milestone, organizers did the unthinkable by moving their show to a 50,000sq m (about 538,196sq ft) of space at Sydney Airport. Unheard of for any show organizer around the world to pull off, but somehow Fitted did.
I was invited as one of two international judges to experience Australian automotive culture along with my good friend Ryan Basseri of Rwyire Motorsport Electronics, who you should know from the epic SEMA builds he's been a part of. While visiting Sydney, Ryan and I paid visits to several of Fitted's partners, one of which included V-Sport and their amazing Datsun wagon we featured last year. Unfortunately, come the day of the show, a last-minute thunderstorm hit which forced organizers to postpone the event a couple weeks later. I wasn't able to return; however, Ryan made it back and local Super Street photographer Alan Luy helped us snap some of these wonderful photos of what was easily one of the world's most exciting, up and coming automotive shows.
So, what did we all miss? Just 2,000+ cars and bikes and 20,000 spectators walking through the gates of Sydney Airport—sort of a big deal! It's hard for me to envision an enthusiast show where hot rod, muscle car, high end supercars and import guys share the spotlight and appreciate each other's company, but they somehow did, down under. There's a big meshing of cultures for this outdoor festival and it's impressive to see.
Not just a massive car show, Fitted also had 40 vendors on hand which included main sponsors Harley Davidson, Castrol Oil, DJI and Trofeo Forged. Sponsors had the chance to educate the crowd by giving live product demos while also keeping folks enticed with free giveaways all night long. There were even some new products launched on the main stage. Speaking of which, a massive stage setup was another important highlight of Fitted, the first and only one of its kind in Australia, and possibly the largest stage worldwide! It featured 36m (about 120ft) ramps, where new car and bike debuts were unveiled, as well as elite vehicles showed off.
In total, 26 custom forged trophies were handed out as well as prizes worth over $25,000 USD. Ryan from Rywire definitely had his hands full without me helping out on the judging but he did an amazing job. This won't be the last time you hear about Fitted Festival as the mix of different cultures and lifestyles, the amount of support it gets from the community and the high quality of cars mean that it's only a matter of time until Fitted Festival heads to other parts of the world.