Summernats, Australia’s biggest car festival opens in Canberra today and runs through until Sunday.
The Street Machine Summernats 33 is expected to attract more than 100,000 passionate attendees, as well as 2,000 entrants who have come from all over Australia and all over the world, to share their love for cars.
The iconic annual celebration of all things on wheels officially kicked off today at 12:00 pm with the City Cruise through the streets of the CBD, a reminder also that there are likely to be road closures around Northbourne Avenue for this short period of time.
Highlights of the first day at EPIC will include Modified Lawn Mower Racing in the main arena until 5:00 pm, followed by music and entertainment until late.
The Friday night stage line-up includes headline act and much-loved Aussie hip hop trio, Bliss n Eso, while Saturday night will see Aussie rocker Shannon Noll take to the stage after spending the day hosting Summernats’ Fashions in the Field, as well as the Body Art Nationals and the increasingly popular Mullet Competition.
Saturday is likely to be the biggest day as always, and will include activities across the entire venue all day, culminating in the highlight of the SuperCruise around the main arena from 7:30 pm.
After viewing all those extraordinary vehicles, you might wonder what it takes to be the best of the best. To find out, make sure you’re there at 12:30 pm on Sunday for the presentation of the Street Machine Summernats Grand Champion Award.
As always, the quintessential parts of the Summernats programs will be running across the weekend, from the Burnout Championships to Tuff Street and Skid Row; Shannon’s Show ‘n’ Shine to the Meguiar’s judging pavilion; cruising, drifting, and motorkhana, as well as traders and exhibitions.
There’s a kids club running every day as well, with games, activities, awards and even a Junior Dragster Start Up.
Even if you’re not mad about cars, it’s inspiring to see the work of people who are incredibly passionate about what they do, and to see – literally– some of the best-kept motor vehicles in the country, and in the world.
It’s also great fun to check out elite examples of the cars we’ve known throughout our lives – from Geminis and Datsuns, to Mustangs and Camaros, sports and performance cars, hot rods, utes and trucks, and more.
You can view the full program online and book your tickets at summernats.com.au.