RED CENTRE NATS
RED CENTRE NATS IS A CAR SHOW LIKE NO OTHER
We head to Alice Springs to give the Carnage MX5.7 a thorough thrashing
ALICE Springs is one of the most isolated towns on the planet, so what is it about Red Centrenats that draws people to the place from every far-flung corner of this wide, brown land?
I got my first clue within minutes of jumping off the plane, when I spotted Sydneysider Layton Crambrook casually arriving at Alice Springs Airport to pick up some mates in his Summernats Top 60 HQ Monaro, HUMBLE. It’s a rare and beautiful thing to see a blown car on the street these days, and it left me grinning like an idiot.
Then as we rolled into Alice in our hire car, I could hardly believe my eyes when Thomas Beltrame’s FJ40 Land Cruiser, INFERNO, casually motored past us on the highway, its blown and injected big-block singing the sweetest tune. I’d heard that you could get away with driving some crazy shit on the street at Red Centrenats, but even so, witnessing a 1300hp skid car cruising around in broad daylight like it ain’t no thing is completely surreal.
Red Centrenats organisers, NT Major Events, have a common-sense approach to such things. They impose restrictions on when and where each car can cruise throughout Alice according to how loud and how radically modified it is, but they’re yet to knock anyone back for a permit.
The event extends freedoms to entrants they simply cannot enjoy anywhere else, and all organisers ask in return is that the rules are respected. Respect begets respect; entrants observe the road rules, the cops observe from a distance, and everybody has a good time. It’s a winning formula.
While I was a Red Centrenats virgin, my colleagues at Street Machine have been going since the start. So impressed were they by the opportunity to drive and enjoy wildly modified cars on the street that they decided to build a car especially for the event. It had to be something utterly unregistrable that would be a hoot to roll around the streets of Alice in. Enter the Carnage MX5.7 – a back-halfed
RESPECT BEGETS RESPECT; ENTRANTS OBSERVE THE ROAD RULES, THE COPS OBSERVE FROM A DISTANCE, AND EVERYBODY HAS A GOOD TIME
hairdresser’s car with a built LS1 and a pair of sizeable turbochargers mounted aloft.
It was a thrash to get the car finished in time for its RCN debut, and we were still madly wrenching on it in the hotel car park as the event got underway, but Scotty did plenty of cruising in the car, had a successful crack at the tarmac motorkhana, and ran a string of 11-second passes with a best of email@example.com, getting out of it at around the 1000ft mark. A best trap speed of 135mph on an earlier pass is indicative of the car’s nine-second potential once a few tweaks are made to the set-up.
Also on debut at Red Centrenats was the ALLSHOW VK Blue Meanie tribute of Adam Rogash from MPW Performance. Much like the Carnage MX5.7, you can follow the build of ALLSHOW on the Street Machine Youtube channel. If you missed it on the cover of our last issue, the car is impeccably presented, and runs the twin-turbo LS engine from Adam’s Clubsport, NOSHOW.
The sheets were yanked off ALLSHOW on the Friday evening of the event, and Adam wasted little time in getting it dirty, cruising it, attacking the Grand Champion driving events, winning the dyno comp and running a stonking 8.24@176mph on its first full pass at Alice Springs Inland Dragway. To build such a car from scratch in 10 weeks and have it perform so strongly on its first hit-out is no mean feat, and Adam was stoked.