Hell on wheels? Summernats22 collides with New Years09

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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50 Responses to Hell on wheels? Summernats22 collides with New Years09
Thumper Thumper 8:24 am 28 Aug 08

New Years Eve?

WTF were they thinking? A few days after NYE seemed a very rational decision. The bogans could get juiced up on jack and Coke on NYE, spend o a few days recovering, then come down here to show the cars, etc etc,

Everyone was happy.

Now? Fcku knows? Except i don’t think I’d want to be anywhere near Mitchell on NYE.

skaboy12 skaboy12 8:13 am 28 Aug 08

As someone with a love of cars, works in the auto industry and has modified or restored too many cars in my 26 years, I can honestly say that I do not attend the summernats and would even say I hate them.

They are a showcase for everything that is wrong with so called ‘car enthusiasts’ when in actual fact the vast majority of them are just hoons and don’t have any real knowledge of cars or how to work on them.

The true enthusiasts I know would much prefer to work on a car all year then take it to the South Coast Nationals (on this weekend) where the crowds are more respectful and subdued, and people are actually there for the cars.

I also will not enter a car into Summernats after I spent almost $80k and 3 years building a showcar (a 66 mini) only for it to be damaged by people leaning on it and throwing shit at it during summernats. I know approx 60-70 people who share the same feelings and I am sure there are many more out there.

Piss off Summernats and build a dragway. Rather then a single event, how about we build something to get kids away from doing burnouts and racing on the street all year round.

luke79 luke79 10:12 pm 27 Aug 08

havnt even bothered to look at the poll.. id hardly consider the riotact to be truelly reflective of everyone in canberra.

Granny Granny 9:47 pm 27 Aug 08

luke79 said :

i hope that the nats is never driven away from canberra from the small sooky minority who carry on each year ….

When you call us the ‘small sooky minority’ you have seen the poll, yes?

Granny Granny 9:42 pm 27 Aug 08

Pure evil genius!


luke79 luke79 9:42 pm 27 Aug 08

haha.. the way people carry on about the nats you would be forgiven to think canberra slips into a war torn city for a month.. fact is it only lasts for 4 daysand is very easily avoided. i used to live in watson and last year apart from a few traffic changes and increased traffic i wouldnt have even known it was on. i heard the occasional car reving or wheels screetching and maybe if the wind was right a little bitt of tyre smoke.
i remember thinking to myself that it was very tame.
by the way some of the people on here carry on youd think any woman in canberra is going to get pack raped and the guys will get bashed if they set foot outside their house. fact is that just doesnt happen. sure there is an element of anti-social behavour and some of it does extend beyond epic but unless youve spent your life wrapped in cotton wool most people can deal with it.
i dont have a problem with people not liking the nats. it really isnt for everyone. what has always annoyed me is the people who shoot off random gossip and exaggerated stories as if they were fact.
i hope that the nats is never driven away from canberra from the small sooky minority who carry on each year, and i doubt it will be.
every event that happens in canberra has a dedicated group of sooks who will carry on endlessly.. i dont think ive heard about the nats destroying the habitat of the rare legless lizard that lives everywhere development is set to happen but im sure that will be used as an excuse one day. i remember one of those greeny politician things having sook about the nats maybe scaring native birds once.
at the end of the day, if you dont like it, dont go.

Bungle Bungle 9:39 pm 27 Aug 08

Do you know anyone that works at Dickson McDonalds?

Granny Granny 9:19 pm 27 Aug 08

Commission somebody incompetent to engineer the sewerage to drinking water project?

ant ant 9:04 pm 27 Aug 08

I wonder how you could give them all food poisoning? That’d be pretty funny, the toilet system at natex would collapse and the whole thing would fail dismally.

Granny Granny 9:00 pm 27 Aug 08

Everyone start collecting your gastro germs ….

; )

ant ant 8:51 pm 27 Aug 08

..or if you are law-abiding tax-paying citizens who inadvertently drive into a group of them, and are terrorised and assaulted. What a great event.

sepi sepi 8:41 pm 27 Aug 08

And it is hard to totally avoid it when it spills over into the local supermarket and servos.

ant ant 8:36 pm 27 Aug 08

luke79 said :

i spose i saw girls being ‘hassled’ but for the most part the girls were playing along with it and the ones who didnt want any part in it shouldnt have been there. it’s no secret what sorta stuff goes on there, if you dont like it dont go.

Yep. Yobs and sluts only, the rest of you just stay away.

Which does beg the question, why are the taxes of most people who are not yobs and sluts being used to prop up this event?

fabforty fabforty 8:08 pm 27 Aug 08

With apologies to the police working that night, I hope it all backfires on sleazy Chic Henry and goes pear shaped in a big way. Perhaps we will get the stupidity of Summernats banned forever. Sure, Woolies Dickson, the Carotel, Sinsations and most of Fyshwick will suffer but I doubt most other businesses will feel a thing.

The social cost of Summernats is huge compared to the financial gain (not to mention the cost to ACT taxpayers).

If it really is a legitimate celebration of the car then how about getting rid of the strippers, the bars and the porn. It might then be safe for women and the rest of the general public to go. But then I doubt any of the usual crowd would bother. I like shiny cool cars but wont go because it has turned into an anti-social hoon-fest.

I also don’t see how anyone who truly values their car would burn the bejesus out of their tyres.

VicePope VicePope 8:00 pm 27 Aug 08

In my fogeyish, cranky way, I hope it rains buckets and that a big dose of gastro goes around. That should finish it ….

Granny Granny 7:57 pm 27 Aug 08

Bungle said :

… these women must have feared for their lives.


Bungle Bungle 7:48 pm 27 Aug 08

I remember one new years a crowd from summernats came down to the city and crowded Northbourne down to one lane as the hotted up cars drove through. A couple of middle aged women in their Mazda 121 mustn’t have realised what was going on and drove through the crowd as well. These 2 were scared sh*tless as 100’s of drunken males started shaking their car back and forth as they tried drove through. The one in the passenger seat wound down her window to give a few guys a blast but copped a slap in the face for her troubles. I must admit it was pretty funny at the time but these women must have feared for their lives.

I think it was the year after that when they had a riot up near Watson where the Fed hwy was pretty much closed off and a couple of traffic lights were torn down and cars set on fire. Pretty sure that was the last new years summernats there was. Until now…

Granny Granny 7:24 pm 27 Aug 08

After being terrorised by the Chinese goons at the torch relay, by comparison I’m kind of looking forward to the Summernat bogans.

shiny flu shiny flu 6:21 pm 27 Aug 08

Every year I make it a point to do enough shopping before as to avoid Civic/Dickson- being NYE its something most people will do anyway. I love hearing the rev of cars and the immediate sound of sirens afterwards- and the ensuing fine of course. They terrorise the streets of the inner north and I hate that. Hence, why I am more than happy to use my U-lock on any idiot drivers during Summernats that decide their ‘compensation for something’ is worth more than a human life. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.

NYE isn’t so bad though. Most of the idiots will be caught DUI by 4pm, leaving the other better Summernats attendees to enjoy their event, Moose Heads and the area of London Cct outside Moose Heads.

Overheard Overheard 6:13 pm 27 Aug 08

Ah memories. I grew up in Lower Downer (though my mother insisted on calling it Upper Downer) and we used to go out the back and get a front row view of the Supercruise each year. Mum and Dad used to take their fold-up chairs out there.

Dread to think of the insurance premium for that sort of a caper in this day and age. You could almost hear the sound of the brokers’ sphincters contracting as they hyperventilate and fan themselves with actuarial tables.

The downside was in the early days before they fenced off the sides of Northbourne Avenue and a lot of people’s backyard fences went to fuel campfires.

I hope it’s a great event, though as I’m back in the inner north, I’ll be happy to be far away at the coast when all the hoo-haa is erupting on NYE.

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