Future is bright for wheels
CENTRAL Australia will continue to reap the benefits of the ultimate festival of wheels into the future, after the NT government secured the Red CentreNATS for another four years with event partner Summernats.
The agreement will see the premier car festival take place in Alice Springs every year until 2025.
Things will be taken up a gear from Friday evening, when the festival gates open for three days of automotive action.
Last year’s event saw thousands of Red CentreNATS fans make the pilgrimage to Alice Springs for the high-octane event.
The iconic event also serves as a major economic boon for Central Australia.
Tourism Minister Natasha Fyles said the event showcased Central Australia as a “tourism gem”.
“Red CentreNATS proved to be a success last year with more than 10,000 attendances,” she said.
“This year’s event looks set to be another big hit.
“Those visitors (who attend each year) spend time and money in the region with flow-on benefits for a wide range of Territory businesses.”
Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez said the lengths entrants and spectators travelled to make it to the event demonstrated just how special it was.
“There is no other festival like it anywhere else in Australia,” he said. “Alice Springs is the perfect location for
what has become an amazing automotive festival. The sight of burnout beasts and drag cars rumbling on the roads is incredible. Grown men have been brought to tears because they have been able to drive their heavily modified cars on the street for the first time.”
The public program kicks off on Friday evening at Alice Springs Inland Dragway from 5.30pm, when the burnout competition qualifiers and burnout masters commence.
The fun continues on Saturday
with the Shannons Show N Shine, Great Northern 4WD course, grass driving, radio control car competition, grudge racing fun runs, Garrett Advancing Motion Heavy Hitters Drag Racing and a town favourite, the Yeperenye Shopping Centre Street Parade. A new addition to the program this year is Jetpack Entertainment, with the skilled stunt team wowing audiences with spectacular shows featuring jetpacks, fly boards and more.
Sunday includes the drag racing competition, Thunder Run motorcycle parade, Lasseters Motorkhana, burnout masters finals and official Sun 969 Podium Party featuring Sneaky Sound System. The event runs from September 3-5 across three venues – Lasseters Centre of Entertainment, Blatherskite Park and Alice Springs Inland Dragway. Tickets cost $30 per day or $50 for a three-day Chrome Pass. Visit redcentrenats.com.au.