It’s been a big year for the Summernats, the largest automotive lifestyle festival in the southern hemisphere, with over 100,000 people and 1,767 entrants attending Summernats 26 and a Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous burnout ever staged. 643,000 Australians tuned in to ONE HD to watch the annual national broadcast, and thousands more enjoyed regular repeats on Speed TV.
Today in Kuala Lumpur Andy Lopez, co-owner of the Summernats, signed a joint venture with leading Malaysian motorsport promoter JPM Motorsports to stage a Summernats Exhibition Event at the 2013 Malaysian GT at Sepang on 15/16 June, the first step towards a stand-alone Summernats festival in Malaysia.
JPM Motorsports are the promoters of the Malaysian leg of the popular Japanese SuperGT series. Mr JP Chin, founder and chairman of JPM said “When Andy visited us recently he was impressed with the way we organised SuperGT and offered us an opportunity to do a Summernats Malaysia”.
The Summernats Exhibition will feature more than 50 Malaysian owned muscle cars, Japanese GT and domestic vehicles, custom and road bikes, some judged events and an image gallery of Summernats champions past and present.
“The Super GT, Malaysia and Summernats seems like one of the most unlikely partnerships you could imagine, but Malaysia has an enthusiastic and growing muscle car scene.” Lopez says. “The first bloke we talked to after the announcement was straight onto me about his ‘72 Torana GTR. Then I met a bunch of Holden fans who were sledging me because I drive a GTP.
“The motoring media, sponsors, public and even the chairman of the Japanese GT Series were really excited by the footage we played at today’s announcement. It’s great to see such a positive reaction in Malaysia to what we’re planning to do here.”
The Malaysian Summernats will include Japanese domestic vehicles, custom bikes and street bikes to make it an authentic Asian horsepower festival. There are no plans to include bikes in the Australia Summernats. “The Nats in Australia has always been, and always will be, only about modified cars,” said Lopez.
Entrants vying for Summernats 27 Grand Champion, Burnout Master, and Tuff Street Champion at the event in January next year will also have the chance to go to the Malaysian Super GT in 2014.
Lopez says “The Malaysians will see some great muscle cars on display and motorbike burnouts at this year’s Malaysian exhibition, but we can’t wait to some Aussie burnout masters ripping it up in front of 40,000 people at Sepang next year. That will blow their mind.”
Summernats 27 will be held at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 2nd – 5th January, 2014.