FOR devotees of the customised car movement in Australia, attending the Kustom Nats on Phillip Island is an annual highlight of the social calendar.
A swarm of gleaming customised vintage cars descended upon Phillip Island on Friday, January 6 for a weekend of show and shine events.
The three day long car event gives car owners the chance to come together to witness the latest in customised car culture, from the mildly customised cruisers to crazy, unique modifications.
The first stop on the weekend’s agenda was the beach party in San Remo on Friday evening, with cars lining the streets of the town, bonnets popped and owners proudly standing by.
Owner of a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle, Dylan Balkay, was attending the Kustom Nats beach party for the first time.
At just 19 years old, Dylan was one of the youngest car owners at the event.
Dylan – who is still on his P plates – made the journey to the island from Melbourne.
“It’s just something I’ve always had a bit of an interest in,” Dylan said.
“I’ve done some very basic work to the Beetle, but it was in pretty good condition when I bought it.
“I remember when I first saw a VW Beetle when I was a kid, it was just an instant fascination. I’ve loved them ever since.”
The 2017 Kustom Nats were visiting the island for the 17th year in a row.
Hundreds of customised vehicles took over Phillip Island.
After Friday’s beach party in San Remo, drivers then were treated to the Rockabilly Festival held at the Grand Prix track from 8am on Saturday, before partying on the streets of Cowes late into the night.
Drivers then took to the track again on Sunday, January 8 for a non-stop cruise of the famous moto track, serenaded by the tunes of rockabilly bands.