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Summernats declares victory

By johnboy 7 January 2013 24

Summernats are letting it be known what a great time was had by all in 2013:

The 26th Street Machine Summernats, proudly supported by Rare Spares, has wrapped up today, with event organisers and the ACT police praising patron and event behaviour.

101,486 people attended the car event over four days in the Nation’s Capital, a strong increase from the 90,000 who came to Summernats 25. Entrant numbers were also up by over 15% last year, with a total of 1767.

“It’s been a fantastic event this year,” said event co-owner Andy Lopez. “It’s especially pleasing to see significant increases in the number of patrons buying season passes, which translates into longer stays in Canberra and a significant economic benefit to the Canberra economy.

“We were very pleased that the safety measures that we had put in place at the event to cope with the extreme heat over the weekend ensured that we had minimal incidents of patron heat stress.”

The ACT Police confirmed that this year’s event was arrest free, and they were not called in to intervene during any incidents. The Operational Commander for the event, Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson, said that given the size of the attendance, police were generally pleased with the crowd’s behaviour.

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Pork Hunt 5:20 pm 09 Jan 13

bundah said :

Antagonist said :

Pork Hunt said :

That’s gold but burnouts are still the most braindead activity known to man with drifting a close second…

Brain dead it may be, but there can be a lot of money in it if you are good at it. Winner of the burnouts at Powercruise 12 took home $50k just a few months ago.

I would suggest that the ability to drift with consummate professionalism requires an infinitely higher skill level than 99.9% of licenced drivers possess so while you may consider it pointless,those possessing the skill to perform the manoeuvres on racetracks are far from brain dead.

I put drifting in the same pointless category as race walking which itself is like a contest to see who can whisper the loudest.

RadioVK 4:43 pm 09 Jan 13

BelcoMan said :

Let me help with some rough maths (all numbers are approximate)

100,000 divided by 4 days = 25,000 ppl per day
Traders – 2,000
Event Staff (including contractors) – 1500
Comp tickets -1500

Realistic attendance for a whole dayof paying attendees – 20,000 @ average $50 per person = 1 million per day
Add in Traders, Sponsors, Camping, Bar Sales, Merchandise sales and other external revenue streams and it would be a fair question to ask the following questions
How did Chic “lose money” running this event?
Why do they need the ACT govt handouts to support it?

to be honest, your figures look fairly reasonable.

But…

Now, from that figure, subtract costs such as wages, venue hire, liquor licensing costs, insurances such as public liability (for an event like this, the cost would be staggering I’d imagine), and other operating costs. I think you’ll find that your theoretical $1m per day takes a petty big hit.

bikhet 7:38 am 09 Jan 13

BelcoMan said :

How did Chic “lose money” running this event?

He’s got good accountants.

BelcoMan said :

Why do they need the ACT govt handouts to support it?

They don’t.

BelcoMan 11:53 pm 08 Jan 13

Let me help with some rough maths (all numbers are approximate)

100,000 divided by 4 days = 25,000 ppl per day
Traders – 2,000
Event Staff (including contractors) – 1500
Comp tickets -1500

Realistic attendance for a whole dayof paying attendees – 20,000 @ average $50 per person = 1 million per day
Add in Traders, Sponsors, Camping, Bar Sales, Merchandise sales and other external revenue streams and it would be a fair question to ask the following questions
How did Chic “lose money” running this event?
Why do they need the ACT govt handouts to support it?

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