SUM­MER­NATS 2016

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.

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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

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