Festival time in Canberra!
SummernatS 27 2014 was once a gain a resounding success. Progressively over the last few years, crowds have been ever-growing (reported to be well over the 100,000 mark now) and ever-so-well behaved. It has become a more ‘wholesome’ event where families can enjoy their car passion without fear of violence and drunken crowd behaviour.
Not that the punters weren’t enjoying the odd drink or four, but the general attitude is one of having a good time and enjoying the entertainment without resorting to stupidity. And indeed there were plenty of activities – aided by the weather which was milder than last year’s infernal heatwave – car related and non, to keep everyone happy.
In fact, so comprehensive is the festival’s activity menu and so well organised the event in general, that Summernats was, in late 2013, presented with an Australian Event Award for ‘Favourite Event’. Well done Summernats!
So aside from the traditional Miss Summernats event, there were live bands, and great food and variety stalls to keep attendees well fed and entertained. The City Cruise saw what’s estimated as 30,000 enthusiasts and bewildered tourists line Northbourne Avenue to witness the cornucopia of vehicles parading in what has unofficially become the opening of the Summernats Festival.
‘Show ‘n Shine’ saw many favourites return once again and spread among a multitude of new entrants showing their wares.
The Burn Out event, including its growing subcategories, went off, even if this year didn’t see a crazy Guiness Book of Records burnout attempt. Mick Brasher in Ulegal won Burnout Masters The Impound’s XR6T won Horsepower Heroes with 1131 rwhp (only 2nd time a ‘six’ has won). The Chop Shop’s ‘Old Love’ FB won Grand Champion.
As far as the Sound Off (see the separate panel for full results), we saw some returning favourites, many of which have been featured within these pages. The ‘Batman’ ute now sports a new interior and revamped tray install, Commodore wagon ‘AGIT8’ once again looked great and was rewarded for its excellence, and Jim Soultas’ black Carbon BMW turned plenty of heads with its PAC install and won overall.
Check out the superb images which colourfully capture the feel and vibe of Summernats 27.