A strange week for Chic Henry

johnboy 6 December 2008 108

It’s been a strange week for the Summernats impressario Chic Henry.

First he was doing his annual act of crying poor and threatening to up stumps unless the people of Canberra did more for him.

Then the ABC had a big swipe at Chic’s personal earnings from the event.

This morning the Canberra Times is mysteriously in possession of a treasury minute carpeting Summernats for the attitudes towards women and vowing not a cent more money unless they clean it up.

    “any future support, financial or otherwise, would be subject to being satisfied that measures were in place to address the perceived culture of negative portrayal and treatment of women that attaches to the event, and to mitigate anti-social behaviour. To date, the Summernats Group has not provided a response to those concerns”

A reasonable person might imagine that Mr. Stanhope’s office wanted this cabinet minute publicised.

Mr Stanhope’s office even helpfully confirmed the thrust of the minute. How nice.


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Lyshious Lyshious 4:54 pm 02 Feb 09

Well – I don’t know where I fit into this equation. I’m a good mix of both the for and against parties – minus the age. I’m young. I’m female. I live near Epic. I’m a revhead. I have enjoyed summernats as a spectator for many years. I have 2 trophies, courtesy of summernats, having been an entrant for the last 2 years. My partner and I have a young one, and he comes to the nats with us every year. Albeit we don’t keep him around for the after dark displays etc but while he’s there during the day the little guy has a blast looking at all the cool cars making smoke signals.

I will be sad to see this event go, if it does indeed leave Canberra. I was a fan of the rally while it was here, and a fan of the v8s while they were here. If I’d had my license prior to the dragway shutting down – I would’ve been a fan of that too.

I am now looking toward the future to see that I may need to travel hundreds of kms just to compete in future competitions – after careful modification and money spent on tuning and the right blends of petrol I will either have to drive the car and ruin all of my expensive preparations time and effort. OR spend hundreds on having the car towed to the competition so that I DON’T ruin my expensive pre-comp preperations. Not to mention the cost of ruining and re-doing a complete detail…

I don’t disagree that the event has it’s moments – but it’s always the minoroty that impacts on the majority. I find that most of the trouble makers have come down from Sydney to begin with. I don’t see the issue – Floriade puts adverse amounts of pollen in the air around where I work and makes me sick for a few weeks a year. It makes it harder for me to get to and from work due to the increased traffic over the bridge. But I take it in my stride and carry on without complaint, utill the decongestants wear off. Summernats annoys a small number of Canberran’s 4 days a year, the rest of us love the event and would like for it to stay.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 9:24 am 14 Jan 09

I see a pattern here. If you think the ‘nats are a pretty dubious spectacle and are frequented by some real knuckle-draggers, yerafarginpoofta.

The attitude of most people I meet is somewhere around “If it went, it’d be a shame, but it’s had a pretty good run”. Must be a lot of farginpooftas floating around the joint.

And Kudos to Ramjet for resurrecting a thread that had run its course.

peterh peterh 8:54 am 14 Jan 09

RogerRamjet069 said :

Oh my god this forum is full of freaky people.

Do you all sit around talking about next season’s cardigansand lawn bown sets?

Please please please Chic, move summernats to Adelaide. Hold it at Adelaide International Raceway or similar.

Leave the grey buidlings and government transient workers to their chess games.

geez rogerramjet069, you don’t see much of the ‘nats, do you?

imagine semaphore or glenelg trashed, by idiots who aren’t going to the adelaide nats, they just want to do burnouts somewhere quiet. imagine people leaving the nats and trashing every suburb between them and their hotel. no idea, none at all.

you go to the clipsal every year, do you? good for you. I go to see my family in salisbury, elizabeth and woodville park. the nats wouldn’t attract me.

if chic henry wants the nats to be left alone, he should buy a paddock somewhere, change it to a burnout strip, exhibition pavilions, and run the nats as a private event. he can control who comes in or not. I would go if it was away from town, but only for a weekend of appreciating cars. if this is such an issue, about where to hold it, move it out of town into the sticks. the real car enthusiasts would follow.

Danman Danman 8:25 am 14 Jan 09

If the summerGnats was to move to Radelaide I would appropriatly like to express my jubilant opinion

“Go-oorn pizzorf fuggyah”

Granny Granny 12:08 am 14 Jan 09

Well, that’s too bad …. So long, boys! It’s been nice interesting. I think it’s safe to say the city won’t be the same without you. Hoo roo, then!

ant ant 11:59 pm 13 Jan 09

Mr_Shab said :

Will you now turn around and tell us that having kids is the best thing you’ve ever done, Rosebud? That seems to be the pattern as I’ve observed it.

Kind-of like Stockholm Syndrome. No wonder they feel OK demanding taxpayers’ money for doing it.

And yes, do please Chic, move the Summernats to Adelaide. I’m sure they’d love it. You might have to pay them to have it there, but they’d still love it. Since Sydney won’t.

Granny Granny 11:39 pm 13 Jan 09

I, for one, am quite happy with this season’s cardigan sand. Although I wouldn’t mind a new lawn bown set. But thank you for asking!

: )

RogerRamjet069 RogerRamjet069 11:33 pm 13 Jan 09

Oh my god this forum is full of freaky people.

Do you all sit around talking about next season’s cardigansand lawn bown sets?

Please please please Chic, move summernats to Adelaide. Hold it at Adelaide International Raceway or similar.

Leave the grey buidlings and government transient workers to their chess games.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 2:46 pm 07 Jan 09

Will you now turn around and tell us that having kids is the best thing you’ve ever done, Rosebud? That seems to be the pattern as I’ve observed it.

ant ant 2:20 pm 07 Jan 09

Thank you Rosebud! It’s just a pity you didn’t add that one during lunch…

argh.

rosebud rosebud 2:12 pm 07 Jan 09

Ant – another phrase I like to throw in is: torn from arsehole to breakfast. Always gets a good reaction that one.

Granny Granny 2:03 pm 07 Jan 09

Well, I’m not admitting that I love the Seekers then.

ant ant 2:01 pm 07 Jan 09

rosebud said :

Mr Shab, if I want to make a bloke feel uncomfortable, asking him to take his top off or threatening to write 1970s feminist grafitti on a wall generally doesn’t do it. However, I find that a good birthing story, using phrases like ‘baby’s head breached’, ‘buckets of blood’ and ‘post partum placenta’ makes most blokes feel uncomfortable enough to leave a ladies only gathering at high speed.

I can guarantee that some ladies would be following hard on the heels of the exiting blokes.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 1:52 pm 07 Jan 09

> The Seekers live at the Myer music bowl always scaresme…

Me too. I’m pretty sure Judith Durham is some kind of reanimated corpse.

Thumper Thumper 1:48 pm 07 Jan 09

The Seekers live at the Myer music bowl always scaresme…

sepi sepi 1:46 pm 07 Jan 09

What about a prison rock concert, for scary atmosphere. That Johhny Cash in San Quentin album always gives me the heeby geebies.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 1:44 pm 07 Jan 09

Good thought Granny. I’d find a group of aggro blokes leering “show us yer ringhole” pretty intimidating.

Even then, I can’t see any openings for a “violently in denial of own sexuality potential male-rapist convention” in Canberra any time soon.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 1:40 pm 07 Jan 09

sepi – If they were wielding knives and an evil glint in the eye, perhaps. But we’re straying into a whole different area of the law, here.

Seems to me that in all the anti-‘Nats ranting that the fact the crowds seem to have been pretty well-behaved this year has been missed.

Perhaps there’s a pattern forming. I don’t think you’ll get a crowd of quiet chaps in sports jackets attending the ‘Nats any time soon, but would you settle for “drunk and a bit obnoxious, but not too scary”. You’ve gotta let drop-kicks have some fun. Not everyone’s into gardening and long walks.

Granny Granny 1:34 pm 07 Jan 09

So, wow, you’re right. There really may not be a parallel. This has never occurred to me before, and it is quite interesting.

Perhaps the closest parallel would be unwanted sexual harassment of men by other men. This is probably the closest you could get to explaining what it felt like to those who can’t understand why women would object.

sepi sepi 1:30 pm 07 Jan 09

Summernats goes way past offensive and into downright scary.

It seems like there is no group of women that could be that scary maybe.

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