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The Steve Nogas incident at Summernats

By 9 January 2012 56

Blownhemi has posted this gem to YouTube with this note of explanation:

Okay guys, this is a very controversial topic. Here’s the unedited footage of the Steve Nogas incident.

What seems to have happened is that the driver Steve Nogas was told he was disqualified for reason stemming back to his qualifying burnout (disobeying a fire mashal), he forced his car through a group of officials and on to the track, and after the burnout he was escorted from the track and his car towed away.

Could have been handled a little better from both sides, but forcing your way on to the track is definitely the wrong way to go.

I’ve posted this video to provide a little clarity to the incident.

UPDATE: Steve’s facebook page informs he’s the CEO of Kristal Limousines.

There also appear to be Steve Nogas support groups proliferating.

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56 Responses to The Steve Nogas incident at Summernats
#1
damien haas9:37 pm, 09 Jan 12

Im told that he wasnt informed that he had been disqualified until his car made it to the start of the burnout pad, after sitting in the queue of other cars for at least an hour.

Neither side has handled this well.

#2
p19:38 pm, 09 Jan 12

I’d be interested to the the vid from the camera on the roof.

Is Nogas his given name, or did he change it to better represent the worlds gasoline reserves after he drives it for a few minutes?

#3
Henry8210:04 pm, 09 Jan 12

Revving your car like you’re going to mow someone down is unacceptable. So he disobeyed a fire-marshal, event staff, and security, serves him right imo. Having said that, the security guard who approached the scene after the burnout didn’t handle the situation appropriately either. I hope it’s worth the lifetime(?) ban

#4
matt3122110:45 pm, 09 Jan 12

The official kicking Steve’s car @ 1:04 then almost assaulting Steve @ 3:07 seems to be walking a fine line.

#5
troll-sniffer11:36 pm, 09 Jan 12

OK Summernats fans… here’s a quiz for yez (you get twenty chances to get it right by the way)…

Guess who won’t be allowed back in to Summernats, ever?

#6
MWF11:51 pm, 09 Jan 12

Oh my.

It’s all so “family friendly”.

#7
gooterz12:34 am, 10 Jan 12

What a tosser!

#8
WhyTheLongFace1:05 am, 10 Jan 12

What a great event. Surely the government can provide even more funding for this amazing ‘fun for the whole family’ event. All class!

#9
Ozi5:25 am, 10 Jan 12

What a wanker. Deserves a life ban: can’t see anything overly wrong with what security did and his juvenile burnout-fuelled tantrum shows that he certainly doesn’t do the Summernats cause any favours.

#10
KB19716:46 am, 10 Jan 12

Yup, he has been banned for life. He apologised on his FB page yesterday & asked if he could negotiate his return.

See how hardline the organisers are I guess but regardless of the circumstance there is no excuse for pushing past the marshals & nearly running them over. It could have been so much worse.

#11
Devil_n_Disquiz6:52 am, 10 Jan 12

Some more info about this including a response from Mr Nogas.

http://onfourwheels.blogspot.com/2012/01/summernats-2012-how-to-get-banned-from.html

#12
southernyassfella7:02 am, 10 Jan 12

p1 said :

I’d be interested to the the vid from the camera on the roof.

Don’t know about the cam footage for this round itself, but here is the link to the qualifying round….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egZ4hZsJkqc

#13
steveu7:42 am, 10 Jan 12

It wasnt handled well. What impressed me was the footage – pretty good effort, Im presuming from a amateur in the crowd.

#14
poetix8:36 am, 10 Jan 12

Well, that was five minutes of government subsidy well spent…

#15
Sgt.Bungers8:47 am, 10 Jan 12

The scariest thing about this incident was the display of having absolutely no concept of how dangerous it is to use a 1+ tonne machine to force your way through a group of people.

A life ban from Summernats, as well as an “assault with a deadly weapon” charge should be on the table.

#16
steveu8:56 am, 10 Jan 12

Sgt.Bungers said :

The scariest thing about this incident was the display of having absolutely no concept of how dangerous it is to use a 1+ tonne machine to force your way through a group of people.

A life ban from Summernats, as well as an “assault with a deadly weapon” charge should be on the table.

Agreed, They should be banning more people if they act unreasonably.

#17
screaming banshee9:03 am, 10 Jan 12

Considering how easily one of the marshalls could have slipped into the belt system this idiot should be charged. There is no place in society for people willing to use a vehicle as a weapon against authority figures.

That said I am amazed at how people are impressed by watching something like that do a burnout. Theres very little skill involved in getting a good burnout out of such a ridiculous power plant, I found it a much greater demonstration of driver talent when a mate generated about as much smoke as that out of his bog standard 84 corona wagon while parallel parked or when I watched two ke20′s doing synchronised figure 8′s and circling within inches of barrels in a pad much smaller than that.

#18
fgzk9:16 am, 10 Jan 12

WTF,….. Id rather see his tits.

#19
johnboy9:21 am, 10 Jan 12

fgzk said :

WTF,….. Id rather see his tits.

Swingbelly action wasn’t enough?

#20
Buzz26009:22 am, 10 Jan 12

Controversial hu? Yawn ….

Anyway, I thought smoking was banned in the ACT.

#21
Dork9:28 am, 10 Jan 12

I was really not happy when my partner told me we were going to summernats, being two young lesbians I figured we would get a lot of crap being there. Aside from being very expensive, I had a wonderful time. Had a few sly comments made about us but nothing worse than a standard night out. Didn’t see any fights or anything. This seems to be another case of one person ruining it for everyone. I can imagine that the security team didn’t have a fun time after this incident.

#22
Thumper9:37 am, 10 Jan 12

After watching that I’m surprised a marshall didn’t drag him from the car and beat him to a pulp.

What a nob. And this idiot holds a licence?

#23
fgzk9:38 am, 10 Jan 12

Smoke and swinging bellies hide little di##. Lift, separate and blow……..you see.

#24
joeyjojojuniorshabad9:46 am, 10 Jan 12

Ban everything!

#25
Mysteryman9:50 am, 10 Jan 12

matt31221 said :

The official kicking Steve’s car @ 1:04 then almost assaulting Steve @ 3:07 seems to be walking a fine line.

The official should have punched the idiot right in the face. He deserved a lot more than he got. I’m glad he got banned, but would have been happier to see his car/weapon torched.

#26
Diggety10:12 am, 10 Jan 12

Well done, Steve. Likely to ruin the future of the event for everybody else. Not that I can understand the appeal of it anyway, but each to their own.

Idiot.

#27
ThatUniStudent10:20 am, 10 Jan 12

Well, when I saw the first video I thought yeah, he’s an idiot, and to a degree, I think he still is. Then I saw the qualifying video and thought well, something is not adding up here. If the qualifying video was shot when it was claimed to be, well yeah, he does not appear to have disobeyed the fire marshal and seems to have qualified.

Having said that, the driver was still completely reckless for what he did. It so clearly put people’s lives at risk and the potential for injury was massive. Why get so worked up about it? It would have been better to calm down, switch the engine off and sort it out with the officials. Why all the stupid bravado?

#28
Waiting For Godot10:27 am, 10 Jan 12

Interesting to hear the usual suspects saying that Summernats is good for Canberra because it brings in so much money. I was in Fyshwick on Saturday and it was almost deserted. Even outside the sex shops, brothels and gay beat. There was also nobody in DFO wearing Summernats wristbands.

On radio they said that the restaurant strip at Dickson had experienced no boost in patronage. Even business at the Scottish hamburger restaurant wasn’t more than usual.

I’d like to see a proper cost/benefit analysis carried out because it seems to me that this event is bringing us no benefit whatsoever and we are paying dearly for having our city hijacked by these interstate hoons and ferals.

#29
Deref10:53 am, 10 Jan 12

Can any Summernats fans here explain to the rest of us what they enjoy about burnouts?

#30
Tooks11:48 am, 10 Jan 12

Deref said :

Can any Summernats fans here explain to the rest of us what they enjoy about burnouts?

I’ve never understood the enjoyment people get out of burnouts. It’s a complete mystery to me. Each to their own.

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