Fes­ti­val time in Can­berra!

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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.

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