by MATTHEW CAROLAN
Andy Lopez chatting with the owner of this street machine - at Parliament House.
Some of the cars that will be on show in 2015 - at Parliament House.
The 28th annual Summernats festival will be back in Canberra from the 1st-4th of January 2015.
The event is held at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), the event attracted a crowd of over 100,000 people in 2014, and co-owner Andy Lopez is expecting an even bigger crowd this year to what he describes as an “automotive orgy”, contributing over $20 million to the ACT economy in the process.
There will be over 1,700 of the meanest street machines in Australia and around the world on show over the three and a half days competing in judging competitions, burnout battles, precision driving demonstrations, stacks of horsepower and much more. They even have a beauty pageant to crown “Miss Summernats”.
Entrants will also be attempting to reclaim their Guinness World Record, set in 2013 with 69 cars, for the largest number of cars simultaneously involved in a burnout - with over 100 cars attempting. Having witnessed burnouts on a number of continents I can defiantly say that Aussies do it best so this should be one spectacular attempt.
Andy said “the record got a lot of attention around the world and it’s been unofficially broken maybe a dozen times, which is fantastic.
“We’re sort of going to reclaim the mantle on New Year’s Day”
There will be performances each night from the likes of The Radiators, Havana Brown, Bliss N Eso, and Illy, as well as fireworks and other activities for everyone to enjoy.
There will be lots of cruising in and around Canberra over the weekend, kicking off on Thursday night with a cruise of over 200 cars in a controlled environment down Northbourne Avenue. This is expected to attract over 30,000 spectators alone and is a chance for people who don’t normally attend Summernats to get a taste of what its all about.
Andy reflected on the state of the Australian motor industry saying “It’s sad to see some of the big changes that have happened over the past 12 months, Ford and Holden announcing closures and Ford pulling out of the V8 supercars.
“It’s a great shame, we’re an automotive country”
But he is upbeat about the future prospects of Summernats saying that the community has remained strong, and hopes that it has many more years in Canberra to come.