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Summernats feeling the pressure of Global Economic Crisis?

By p1 - 4 December 2008 98

The ABC have a story that the Summernats are feeling the pressure of a slowing economy.  The part of the story the caught my specific interest was at the end,

“I don’t want to end up in a situation where I’m really, really squeezed and I have to consider either, worse scenario, moving the event to somewhere else who’s prepared to offer up good rent, a good rental proposition or worse still wonder whether I’ve got the financial ability to keep the event running.” – Chic Henry

I suspect that there are probably almost as many people in Canberra hoping for the rent to go up, as there is down.

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Summernats feeling the pressure of Global Economic Crisis?
poptop 9:27 am 04 Dec 08

Hey! No fair trying to move it to my side of town!

Realistically it would probably work quite well if there were some sort of facilities way over here in the deep south; at least my neighbours wouldn’t be travelling the Expressway at the speed of light.

Frankly, this is the price you inner Northerners pay for the ACT Government pouring all the money into your bit of town.

We Tuggeranongers are depraved ‘cos we’re deprived.

farnarkler 9:27 am 04 Dec 08

At least it would give the residents of Dickson, Watson, etc a respite from the usual. Let the residents of Conder or Banks put up with the idiocy which accompanies Summernats.

Mr Evil 9:19 am 04 Dec 08

farnarkler said :

As a longtime Belco resident I am biased against Tuggeranong so why doesn’t Chic Henry move it down there so that North Canberra doesn’t have to put up with it anymore.

Yeah, move it to Tuggeranong Hyperdome – they’d love it down there! 🙂

toriness 9:16 am 04 Dec 08

ditto on mr evil’s commment. if the people who actually want it aren’t prepared to pay for it themselves, then it isn’t commercially viable and probably should be taken elsewhere. if the ACT government has done the analysis and has found, on balance, enough indirect economic and social benefits for the ACT community then i’m fine with a government subsidy – but if all we get is more bogans, burnouts and a spike in the sexual assault count, then for the love of god let it go elsewhere.

farnarkler 9:13 am 04 Dec 08

Fair enough to say if you don’t like it then don’t go but it impacts on the whole area around Natex. Kaleen servo becomes a Western suburb of Sydney and if I lived in Dickson or Watson, I’d holiday overseas when the summernats is on.

As a longtime Belco resident I am biased against Tuggeranong so why doesn’t Chic Henry move it down there so that North Canberra doesn’t have to put up with it anymore.

djk 9:13 am 04 Dec 08

farnarkler said :

The entry requirements should be changed so that cars need to have comprehensive modifications ie installing different drivetrains and/or significant body modifications before they’re allowed to be entered.

While I agree that there is probably too many “paint/rims/exhaust” type cars, there are already fairly specific entry requirements for getting your car in to Summernats. On the application form you have to list all of the mods/details of your car, along with sending photos. They then get back to you as to whether you are allowed to enter.

The requirements regarding the extent of modifications vary depending on the age or class of the car – eg. for older cars and street machines, a few engine mods, nice paint and rims is probably enough, whereas modern cars need significant modification from standard such as engine mods, body, interior, stereo, etc as well.

It is basically just up to the people running Summernats to keep out the full-sick cars that I would say only a minority are interested in.

FTR I have been an entrant 3 times.

niftydog 9:12 am 04 Dec 08

Begging for yet more public money, eh Chic? Keep digging…

Mr Evil 9:07 am 04 Dec 08

Thumper said :

However, doesn’t chic roll out this old chesnut every year, that is, threatening to take it elsewhere.

methinks he’s after a bit more government cash to help swell the coffers.

Yes, Chic’s annual whinge. Last year it was the cost of insurance for the event.

Here’s an idea, Chic – make the punters who go along to the event pay more to get in, that way you can cover your costs and not expect the ACT taxpayer cough up another $300 000 to line your pockets with!

stereo henry 9:04 am 04 Dec 08

is anyone actually lives in Canberra here from January 1 to 4? Let’s just hope we don’t return to Bartertown (it’s beyond thunderdome, don’tcha know)

belray 8:43 am 04 Dec 08

farnarkler said :

It used to be great but, as usual, a minority (which seems to get bigger annually) ends up ruining it. Belray I thoroughly agree that a slick paint job, lowered suspension and a set of Simmons does not make a street machine.

The entry requirements should be changed so that cars need to have comprehensive modifications ie installing different drivetrains and/or significant body modifications before they’re allowed to be entered.

People put a heck of a lot of money into building the top contenders so there should be somewhere where they get to show their cars off but not where they’re in danger of being damaged by drunken (or sober) morons.

Maybe it is time to move Summernats from Canberra. Let some other police force deal with the idiots it attracts. Or do what happened to the Alcoholic Frolic and tone it down.

Fully agree. If it was about the cars, I would embrace it fully, as I have an HJ Monaro that I love dearly. Does it go anywhere near Summernats? No. Does it even come out of the garage during Summernats? No. During that time, driving it is like throwing the Police a birdie – it is an absolute Police magnet. The rest of the year, all is good.

I also agree that if you don’t like it, don’t go – and I don’t. There are however, some aspects that are forced upon the Canberra population (try going for a meal or a drink in Civic during Summernats).

farnarkler 8:30 am 04 Dec 08

It used to be great but, as usual, a minority (which seems to get bigger annually) ends up ruining it. Belray I thoroughly agree that a slick paint job, lowered suspension and a set of Simmons does not make a street machine.

The entry requirements should be changed so that cars need to have comprehensive modifications ie installing different drivetrains and/or significant body modifications before they’re allowed to be entered.

People put a heck of a lot of money into building the top contenders so there should be somewhere where they get to show their cars off but not where they’re in danger of being damaged by drunken (or sober) morons.

Maybe it is time to move Summernats from Canberra. Let some other police force deal with the idiots it attracts. Or do what happened to the Alcoholic Frolic and tone it down.

Thumper 8:18 am 04 Dec 08

However, doesn’t chic roll out this old chesnut every year, that is, threatening to take it elsewhere.

methinks he’s after a bit more government cash to help swell the coffers.

Thumper 8:17 am 04 Dec 08

I can’t stand the nats, but why are so many people in Canberra against it?

If you don’t like it then don’t go.

As well, the rest of the country already see us as boring and mindless with nothing to do, banning another event will just fortify this belief.

belray 8:12 am 04 Dec 08

Although I am sure that Summernats provides an economic boost to Canberra, I for one would love to see it disappear. I love cars. I have been to Summernats twice; once with a mate of mine when I lived in Wagga and once with my son who was about 9 or 10 at the time. Family friendly? NO. Inexpensive day out to look at cars? NO. (BTW. A Honda Civic with a large exhaust and a big stereo isn’t a street machine). Sensible car owners? NO. Could hardly wait to get out of there? YES. Drunk fu*kwits causing as much trouble in Civic as they possibly can whilst they are away from Shazzah? YES.

When you have your young son with you, the last thing I wanted was some pissed tramp flashing her tits then watching the pissed yobbos act like they are at a sorority house party at an American university.

Anyway, I am sure that others will disagree with me. This is just my take on things.

FC 8:05 am 04 Dec 08

Far out. I had completey forgotten about the Summernats coming up soon. Please, please, Chic Henry – move the event to elsewhere. Or better yet, don’t run it at all.

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