The 29th Summernats took place, once again, in January and we cover all the airbrushed glow, the glam, the guzzling gas and the groovy installs.
Summernats has said goodbye to its twenties in style with the 29th running of the event once again bringing big excitement to the Capital. The event saw over 100,000 spectators making the pilgrimage to see nearly 2000 entrants not only show off their pride and joy but prove themselves in competitive judging, grass events, Go to Woah, Burnout, Dyno and not to forget the Sound Off competitions. But before this could all commence, the annual opening ceremony of the City Cruise was completed. This saw a record 250 cars take part with some much wilder cars then previous years rolling down Northbourne Avenue… with a bit more rumble then normal traffic. This provided a great spectacle for thousands of families and punters looking at a taste of things to come on the weekend.
The event took no time to up the ante with Thursday afternoon scheduled to host the Burnout Masters last chance qualifiers. This provided some of the best action of the weekend as desperation for glory often exceeded the desire for car preservation! This was rewarded with 12,000 people through the gates which, considering Thursday is traditionally a set-up day, made for a great atmosphere from the get go.
Friday was the first full day of the event which saw all facets of EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra) come to life. This included traders pavilions opening, driving events and on Friday evening the Top 60 Elite Hall opened with a series of vastly different but equally impressive car unveilings. It was refreshing to see an array of different makes and models, from rotarys to Pontiac barges with a few usual suspects Classic Fords and Holdens in the mix too. The day wrapped up with
Story & images Jack Turnbull