Summernats 2013 was launched in front of Parliament House yesterday and ASE took the opportunity to chat to Andy Lopez about the annual carfest and other events that are produced by Out There Productions, including Australia Day and the NSW Schools Spectacular.
Apologies for the sound getting blown away – it was very windy.
Summernats 26 launches to the sound of V8s outside Parliament House
The Street Machine Summernats 26, proudly supported by Rare Spares, was officially launched on the grass outside Parliament House with an impressive display of Canberra’s best street machines and custom cars.
Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez and the ACT Minister for Tourism Andrew Barr launched the 26th year of the iconic Australian car festival, the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, with some major announcements and highlights for the event to be held in at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 3rd – 6th January, 2013.
“Summernats 25 set a high benchmark across a range of measures, and we’re building on that success at Nats 26. We’re proud that the Nats is seen as one of the greatest horsepower festivals in the world,” said Lopez.
“There’s a stack of highlights, including a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest simultaneous burn-out and a brand new burnout pad and grandstand to host the Liqui-Moly National Burnout Masters, the world’s largest burnout competition.
“I can also tell you that today, with a month still to go, we’ve already gone past total entrant numbers from Summernats 25. That means there’ll be more cool cars to enjoy at the Summernats than there has been for a long time.”
The program kicks off with the Shannons Citycruise on the Thursday at midday, with over 200 Australia’s finest street machines, hot rods and custom cars, and, for the first time, a limited number of non-street legal cars, including some blown big block V8s, rumbling down Northbourne Ave for the people of Canberra.
Lopez says “The world record burnout attempt will happen Friday morning, and the entertainment line-up has been seriously ramped up this year. Multi-ARIA award winning Aussie hip-hop royalty the Hilltop Hoods headline the Friday night concert, and rock’n’roll legends Rose Tattoo follow the fireworks spectacular on Saturday night. All the Summernats favourites return including Horsepower Heroes, the Tuff Street beasts, the stunning showcars in the Rare Spares Elite Top 60, the Show ‘n’ Shines, Miss Summernats, and the awarding of the Grand Champion.”
ACT Minister for Tourism and Events Andrew Barr was at the launch to offer his support to an event that has provided significant benefit to the local Canberra economy.
“The ACT Government is proud to continue to be a strong supporter of Summernats,” Minister Barr said.
“Summernats promotes Canberra to a national audience, brings tens of thousands of people to the city, and provides millions of dollars to the local economy during what is traditionally a quiet time of year.
“We are delighted that Summernats organisers and Exhibition Park Corporation recently agreed for the event to remain in its traditional home at EPIC until 2019.”
Summernats 26 will be held at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 3rd – 6th January, 2013. For more information, visit the website at www.summernats.com.au.