Now it’s personal!

The two most common phrases when talking to customers about custom paint are “I want something new” and “I want something no one else has”, well, House of Kolor Shimrin 2 is the answer! The HOK Shimrin 2 system has 18 Karrier Bases and 35 FX Packs that can be mixed using our formulas ensuring your custom colour can be reproduced with precision if needed. These combinations make up what was the equivalent to the old Pearl Basecoats (PBC’s) in the original Shimrin system. We also have formulas that include the Kandy Koncentrates for that Kandy Basecoat (KBC’s) goodness.

For that truly personal touch, our Karrier bases can be intermixed to give you a one-of-a-kind starting point for your custom paint journey. Next, comes the fun part of adding any one of the FX packs to give you that WOW factor you are looking for. Ranging from bright Metallics to colour flip Pearls, these too can be intermixed for yet another level of personalisation. As this system runs on numbers and codes, your unique creation can be called whatever you like, name it after your kids, your wife, your dog or just something cool, it is totally up to you, it is your colour.

Fear not lovers of the original classic colours like Apple Red, Tangelo and Passion Purple. These are still being produced in Factory Packs but can also be tweaked using the Shimrin 2 system.

The future of custom paint has never looked brighter, and with the HOK Shimrin 2 system and your creative imagination the combinations are endless. Shimrin 2 is putting the custom back into custom painting.

Looking to the Future.

House of Kolor Australia takes pride in the relationship we have had with the MotorEx show over the past years. We are glad and excited to welcome the tie in with the folks from SEMA and really see this as a progressive step forward. This also allows us to work a lot closer with our American cousins who have a major stand at the Las Vegas show.

House of Kolor USA use the SEMA show to introduce a theme each year, last year it was ‘Kosmic Lanes’, a bowling alley theme that celebrated all things retro. To embrace this international friendship, HOK Australia will look to bring the yearly theme of the SEMA stand to MotorEx every year.

HOK USA also launch new colour formulations by way of their Limited Edition range at the SEMA show. We will endeavour to have these on display at MotorEx so you guys can see them first hand. We may look to launch our own range of Limited Edition colours with the help of our Accredited Painters in the future.

We see the joint venture with the SEMA show as a great addition to the already fantastic MotorEx show that will help Aussie businesses and cars get a level of exposure that is priceless. We look forward to supporting concepts like this one in the years to come.

A Car Fit for a King

To celebrate the release of the Black Panther movie in February 2018, Lexus paired up with Marvel Studios to make a customized LC500 coupe which debuted on the Lexus stand at SEMA this year.

Powered by Vibranium, the mythical ore found in his home country of Wakanda, King T’Challa would be getting excellent mileage cruising around the jungle. Along with the bulletproof vibranium laced blue swirl paint work, wide body kit, giant 10 spoke wheels and blue neon under glow, the King would find it hard to keep a low profile.

House of Kolor Silver-White Marblizer was used over the whole vehicle then covered with Shimrin 2 Cobalt Blue kandy to create the mythical paint job as well as the Black Panther face mask graphics on the bonnet. The magician behind this transformation was Ryan ‘ Ryno’ Templeton of West Coast Customs.

This car won’t feature in the movie, but the new LC Inspiration Series coupe will. Limited to just 100 examples, the flagship model will surely become a collector’s item.

The final piece of the Lexus SEMA display was the new 8-part graphic novel ‘Black Panther: Soul of the Machine’ which like in the movie, the LC makes an appearance. Only the first four chapters have been released, with the final four set for release mid-November.

Joe Kilner – Chopper CORUPT


Joe Kilner – Chopper CORUPT
With its front and rear stretch, along with 44-degree rake up the front, Joe Kilner’s wild chopper, CORUPT, measures in at 2.7mteres long – or 9-feet in old speak. Although Joe has owned quite a few bikes over the years, this is his first show-level machine – which has taken three and half years, all-up, to complete. Originally built by Ben Marshall from South Australia, the soft tail rear, Southern Cycles frame now houses a fully polished, 127-cube Ultima that is mated to an RHS six-speed transmission. Billet wheels measure 21-inch up front and an 18 on the blunt end – which wears a 300 tyre.

CORUPT has been an all-out effort, requiring a lot of custom parts, such as the four-inch stretched tank, neat sheet metal work (and help with the display) by Sunshine Sheetmetals, one-off bars from the well-known Burleigh Bars and wiring and some custom parts by Big Daddy Customs. However for Joe, it’s the paint that is the standout feature, with Pete’s Killer Paint from South Australia being the man responsible.

“I’d seen some of his artwork before,” says Joe, “I picked the HOK Oriental Blue and just let him run from there and do whatever he wanted to do.” The highly-detailed custom airbrush work includes marbelised candy along with tribal flames that feature an underlying Satan-child theme throughout. The marbelised candy even extends onto the frame and sheet metal work. Equipped with full lights, blinkers, mirrors and headlight, along with an amply-padded snake skin seat, this is one radical chopper that is destined to see plenty of highway miles – where it will no doubt turn every head in a 10-block radius.

Gareth & Michelle Davies – Chopper


Michelle Davies – Chopper
Although Michelle Davies is no stager to bikes, having owned a Street Bob for some time, this is her first full-on custom chopper. Michelle’s husband, Gareth, originally undertook the build as a surprise for her 40th birthday earlier this year. Unfortunately circumstances conspired against those initial plans, with the handover now taking place at MotorEx. The bike is based around a Kraft Tech rigid bobber frame with a two-inch up-stretch and 34-degree rake. There’s also a springer seat, Sissy bar on the back and a 180-wide rear tyre. While the 88-cube Evo-based engine has a host of good gear, it isn’t crazy as they wanted it to be really user friendly. Something you could simply jump on and head up the coast without having to worry.

Gareth vividly remembers a comment that Chip Foose made when he visited MotorEx two years ago, ‘the best modification is the one you don’t notice.’ “I love this and build my bikes along these lines,” says Gareth. This was his inspiration when hand forming all the panels, including all those ones you don’t notice until you get up and have a close look. Look carefully at the HOK Fuschia Flake for a better appreciation of the intricate Joe Webb airbrush work and pin stripping. Other than a couple of bolts and a few odd parts, this bike is devoid of chrome, everything has been powder coated in heat-proof tough as muck black. “I’ve certainly kept Peter Snell Protective Coatings busy this year,” says Gareth.

Gareth Davies – Chopper
This latest custom chopper from Gareth Davies makes this the 12th straight year he’s unveiled a new bike at MotorEx – that’s a mighty effort. Gareth and this year’s HOK Clockwork Orange bike have quite a bit of history. “I built it for a friend several years ago,” says Gareth. “It was then wrongly impounded as a rebirthed bike, eventually recovered before being crashed some time later – while not insured.” Rather than let it slink off into obscurity, Gareth felt it needed to stay in the family, so to speak, and decided to buy it back and give it a major revamp and makeover. The genuine Harley Davidson frame now sports a four-inch up-stretch and four-inch back stretch. Limiting the frame mods means that all Gareth needs to do is put a cover in the primary and quieter pipes and it’ll be 100 percent legal in NSW.

Wheel wise the chopper runs a PM billets, 21-inch up front and 18×8.5 out back wrapped in a fat 250-wide tyre. Pushing things along is a warmed-over 2001 twin-cam Harley engine hooked to a factory Harley gearbox that has beefed up internals and three-inch BDL top fuel belt drive. All the guards are handmade, while oil and fuel tank have been sliced and diced to blend into the overall theme of the bike. For Gareth, the highlight is the Joe Webb graphics. “I can’t give this guy enough credit,” says Gareth, “he never fails to amaze me. It will blow everyone away.” These trick graphics incorporate a skulls and snakes theme with flames licking their way over the top of it all. In stark contrast to the HOK Clockwork Orange paint, all the accessories have been painted or powder coat tough-as-much black. “I’ve certainly kept Peter Snell Protective Coatings busy this year,” says Gareth.


Brett Hewerdine – 1937 Ford Roadster LOWLFE


Brett Hewerdine – 1937 Ford Roadster LOWLFE
This HOK Jet Black over HOK Olive Gold ’37 Roadster oozes class. The swoppy lines of the fibreglass Oze Rods body (on an Oze Rod chassis) is reminiscent of the classic, coach-built customs of the 30s. The perfect fitting, polished brass moulding that runs down each side and across the back was hand crafted by Woods & Woods. It’s an amazing piece that looks very factory. Andrew Ash from AA Panel Craft fettled the body into shape before laying on the great-looking colour scheme. Michael Carter (Mick’s Custom Trim) fashioned the seats and door trims before covering everything in sumptuous leather.

Brett entrusted Mark Sant to project manage the build as well as look after final assembly and electrical work – which included incorporating electric side glass, actuator-operated trunk lid, electric door poppers and self-levelling AccuAir airbag system. With the Harrop eight throttle body injection atop the 700hp Sam’s Performance 427 LSX, LOWLFE has plenty of go to match the show. Rounding out the driveline package is a T56 six-speed and nine-inch all rolling on custom double A-arm suspension up front end and four-bar rear. Brett has always liked the cool lines of ’36 to ’40 Fords and built this stunner as a driver. “I never built it for show,” says Brett.


Chris Varney – 1971 LJ Torana MOD ROD


Chris Varney – 1971 LJ Torana MOD ROD
Chris was inspired by Jeff Haggarty’s Expression Session concept that appeared in the April/May 1997 issue of Street Machine magazine – from which Jeff would go on to work as a senior designer for Holden. The MOD ROD project was originally undertaken shortly after the Street Machine feature appeared; making this an 18-year build. Initially Chris had hoped to have it finished for his daughter’s high school graduation, then for her wedding – he missed both deadlines by a considerable margin.

This extended build time created a nightmare during final assembly. “Nothing fits!” says Chris. “After MotorEx, I’ll have a bit of a holiday, then I’ll get in and tear it back down to fix a host of little issues I’m not happy with.” Considering Chris is a sprightly 68, a holiday after finishing such a big build is quite deserved. “I can’t stop, I’ve got to always keep going,” says Chris, “the wife loves it as she always knows where I am!”

Although MOD ROD features extensive body modifications, Chris wanted to retain as much LJ front as possible, with the back looking pure Torana. Other custom elements include hand fabricated front suspension system. The original intention was to paint the car black, however the more he looks at this colour, the better it looks. Out in the sun the HOK Brandywine really jumps out at you. Despite the insane level of modification, Chris insists this will be fully, legal driver – albeit minus the blower currently mounted atop the 350 small-block Chev. Tentative plans include adding EFI to the V8 once the blower comes off.



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