Summernats 30 was launched at Federation Mall, Parliament House, on Monday 5 December. This year’s event already has 2,200 cars entered.
Summernats revs up for 30th party A record number of entrants are expected for the Street Machine Summernats in January as the event celebrates its 30th birthday. Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez said they already have 2,200 cars entered into the event with more expected. “This is more than a
15% increase on our best ever year and pretty jaw-dropping,” he said. In addition to the increased entrants, Mr Lopez expects the event will attract close to 110,000 people through the gates over the four days, 5-8 January. This is a significant increase on the figures from when
Mr Lopez took over the event in 2010 which saw 1,200 cars and 75,000 people in attendance. He said “we are growing, but certainly not growing up”, while acknowledging the “event is obviously doing something right, as it continues to attract those who have made it successful and yet also attracts new people every year”. According to the ACT Government, Summernats provides a significant boost to the local Canberra economy during the quiet summer months. Figures suggest the economic contribution during the January period is around $20 million, with nearly 30,000 interstate visitors which benefit the hospitality, retail and hotel industries. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr attended the launch of Summernats 30 on Monday 5 December outside Parliament House. He said for an event with
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this much history and community support to still be growing and relevant in its 30th year is a testament to the event, while also acknowledging the work done to diversify the program and attract a broader crowd. He said Summernats “provides entertainment at a time of year where there is not much happening in Canberra”, although the ACT Government is looking to address that. Summernats 30 will be held from 5 to 8 January 2017 at Exhibition Park in Canberra and will kick off with the city cruise on Thursday at midday featuring about 300 cars. The schedule also features elite show judging and the world’s biggest burnout competition, the Burnout Masters. Live music will be performed by Drapht and Spit Syndicate on the Friday, while Airbourne and Thirsty Merc play on the Saturday night.