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Hell on wheels? Summernats22 collides with New Years09

By johnboy - 27 August 2008 50

Summernats appears to be casting off recent pretensions as a “family” event.

The Canberra Times notes that with the program running from 1 January the preliminary arrivals and events will be on New Years Eve.

New Years at Summernats: a thin stretched police force, thousands of rum-ed up rev-heads, a smattering of hopeful hookers, and the screams of pack rape in the distance. Aspiring local media types, this could be the story of our careers. If we live to tell the tale…

Summernats on New Years Eve

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Hell on wheels? Summernats22 collides with New Years09
Mr_Shab 10:49 am 27 Aug 08

If the ‘nats were the “event” that they are supposed to be; that being a love-in for admirers of big, loud, obnoxious cars it wouldn’t be an issue. As it happens (especially on NYE), they periodically turn into an occasion to pack hordes of dopey young men into a small space, feed them truckloads of booze, encourage their oafishness to baboon-herd levels and then unleash them on our city. That’s a whole lot less harmless. Demonstrably so.

I’ve got no problem with the ‘nats. In fact, I think we’d be poorer for its loss; which is why I think abandoning any pretense of it being “family friendly”, thereby encouraging the dopey and destructive behaviour of participants is a spectacularly dim move.

lisagrace 10:49 am 27 Aug 08

I think I’ll definatley go fishing down the coast this new years eve…

grunge_hippy 10:49 am 27 Aug 08

didnt it used to be over new years many moons ago?

Duke 10:48 am 27 Aug 08

Not really. It got moved from NY’s because it was progressively getting more and more out of control.

Having it start a couple of days later meant a lot of troublemakers stayed home nursing their hangovers Those that made it with a penchant for getting totally wasted were also a little more subdued.

Throwing that away at an event which already skirts the limit of public decency after dark is, well, interesting.

I think that’s what I like most about Summernats, it’s so anti PC. Summernats is one of the last bastions of noise and general poor taste alive in this town.

It is sad to see these whinging minorities hell bent on bubble wrapping our society (you reckon we will be allowed backyard fireworks next year?).

Love it or hate it Summernats is part of the Canberra identity and it should be protected for that very reason.

Whatsup 10:45 am 27 Aug 08

NYE is a great time…. I will be far away from Canberra and the hoons that manage to spill over from the event and do burnouts all over the place. Excellent !

AngryHenry 10:45 am 27 Aug 08

I live a stone’s throw away from the venue, and for those three days I must say it’s a pretty noisy state of affairs but it is only for a few days out of the year, and usually I either try to be on holidays or out of town.

I used to go to it in the past but it just got to be the same tired old scene for me. I love the cars and the amount of work that goes into them but there was only so many times I could swallow buckets of dust and watch blokes behave like a pack of animals.

To each his own though.

I’m glad they’re finally casting off the whole ‘family’ event tag, it is what it is and it ain’t a family event.

The only thing that really annoys me about it is the pack mentality of some (I said SOME) of the blokes that go there. My girlfriend doesn’t need to be harrassed while we’re doing our weekend shopping at Woolies by a bunch of blokes who’ve been all charged up by some sluts who’ve been flashing their sloppy boobs on the back of some shitbox car driving around EPIC.

It’s a free country though, and as long as we’re not hurting people and respect others we should all be allowed to enjoy ourselves.

sepi 10:44 am 27 Aug 08

Yep – gotta foster these ‘events’ where scary hoons take over the EPIC intersection screaming at all female drivers that they are going to rip their clothes off, and throwing bottles at cars. And that was in the daytime….

johnboy 10:44 am 27 Aug 08

Also I’d note that a reasonably safe situation to just be a quiet observer can get nasty quickly when you’re obviously recording and people are doing things they’ll be ashamed of in the morning.

Skidbladnir 10:30 am 27 Aug 08

Bad hygiene? Complacency? Low expectations?

Real reasons are probably myriad, Jb. 😛

jakez 10:27 am 27 Aug 08

Duke said :

Oh hell Henny Penny, the sky’s falling in! With that kind of hyperbole and distain for local events you could be writing for the CT, JB – unless you were being sarcastic in which case I applaud your parody.

*Applauds*

johnboy 10:27 am 27 Aug 08

Duke said :

Oh hell Henny Penny, the sky’s falling in! With that kind of hyperbole and distain for local events you could be writing for the CT, JB – unless you were being sarcastic in which case I applaud your parody.

Not really. It got moved from NY’s because it was progressively getting more and more out of control.

Having it start a couple of days later meant a lot of troublemakers stayed home nursing their hangovers Those that made it with a penchant for getting totally wasted were also a little more subdued.

Throwing that away at an event which already skirts the limit of public decency after dark is, well, interesting.

johnboy 10:20 am 27 Aug 08

Why do you think my hair is looking so long and shaggy at the moment?

Duke 10:19 am 27 Aug 08

Oh hell Henny Penny, the sky’s falling in! With that kind of hyperbole and distain for local events you could be writing for the CT, JB – unless you were being sarcastic in which case I applaud your parody.

Ari 10:13 am 27 Aug 08

Perhaps it would be best not to sport your trilby to this event, JB.

I’d advise wife-beater and black jeans. If you start now, you could even achieve a passable mullet.

Gord0 10:13 am 27 Aug 08

Oh lordy ! An EVENT ! in CANBERRA ! Damn them heathens… Ban it..Ban it now !!!

BRING IT ON you Latte bathing crosstitchers !

Don’t worry croquet strategists….every year is it’s *last* year MUHAHAHAHAHA

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