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Summernats Supercruise returning to Northbourne

By johnboy 23 November 2011 57

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Summernats have announced that the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (more commonly known as 3M these days) is sponsoring the return of Northbourne Avenue cruising nearly 20 years after riots caused the event to be called off.

The Summernats 3M Citycruise will take to Northbourne Ave at midday on Thursday January 5th 2012 to launch the 25th birthday of the iconic Street Machine Summernats, proudly supported by Rare Spares.

In a street parade of the likes not seen before in Canberra, a convoy of 200 of Australia’s best street machines will parade along Northbourne Avenue.

The Citycruise convoy will make its way from Exhibition Park along Northbourne Avenue to London Circuit, before turning back up along Northbourne to return to the festival venue.

“Myself and the other owners have been talking about doing this since the moment we bought the Nats,” said Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez. “It’s a great celebration of the Summernats in the ACT, and it’s cool that our convoy is going to drive past the hotels, restaurants, and retailers to whom the Summernats bring so much business.

It’s going to be a thing, although at midday chances are more limited for trouble.

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p1 9:45 am 06 Dec 11

Captain RAAF said :

You have picked me well!, almost as well as the Toecutter, he knows who I am! I did own one of those from 1988-2000. Loved it!

And the skin tight leather pants?

Deref 9:13 am 06 Dec 11

fllen said :

Anytime something exciting happens in Canberra, people whinge and bitch so much that we scare it away – you all sux!! and I will be there to see the summernats cars – about time!!!

Haven’t been to the ANG for a while, then?

Captain RAAF 8:48 am 06 Dec 11

p1 said :

When ever the good Cap’t mentions his muscle cars, I picture this, and see him brandishing a sawnoff shotgun.

You have picked me well!, almost as well as the Toecutter, he knows who I am! I did own one of those from 1988-2000. Loved it!

KB1971 8:30 am 06 Dec 11

fllen said :

Anytime something exciting happens in Canberra, people whinge and bitch so much that we scare it away – you all sux!! and I will be there to see the summernats cars – about time!!!

Toatally, especially for us motorsport fans. GMC was canned, the ROC is a shadow of its former self, the dirt track scene is just surviving but is strangled by noise issues & the heydays of Tralee (which was an institution) are gone.

Contrary to poular Riotact opinion you dont have to be a bogan to enjoy motorsport.

fllen 6:54 am 06 Dec 11

Anytime something exciting happens in Canberra, people whinge and bitch so much that we scare it away – you all sux!! and I will be there to see the summernats cars – about time!!!

farnarkler 7:34 pm 29 Nov 11

Sorry Capt, as much as I love seeing a huge cubic inch Hemi V8, nothing beats BMW M tech for hot engines. A 500 hp 5litre V10. Mmmmmmm.

Still, I’m glad the supercruise is back.

p1 4:16 pm 29 Nov 11

When ever the good Cap’t mentions his muscle cars, I picture this, and see him brandishing a sawnoff shotgun.

Stevian 3:20 pm 29 Nov 11

Captain RAAF said :

I think I might have to tear up a stretch of bitumen, introduce some MOPAR muscle to this boganfest and show them what a mans car looks and sounds like!

Who needs supercharging when you have RAMCHARGING!

Mopar or no car!

That is all, Capn RAAF out!

Do they allow pedal cars, we all know that all you are competent to drive.
Your delusions of adequacy are tiresome

Chop71 2:37 pm 29 Nov 11

Fuel goes up

KB1971 2:28 pm 29 Nov 11

johnboy said :

Don’t go forgetting the drive though, and I think you’d find the average transaction could be higher.

Or lower, I regularly buy one ice cream cone 🙂

Captain RAAF 2:17 pm 29 Nov 11

I think I might have to tear up a stretch of bitumen, introduce some MOPAR muscle to this boganfest and show them what a mans car looks and sounds like!

Who needs supercharging when you have RAMCHARGING!

Mopar or no car!

That is all, Capn RAAF out!

Funky1 2:08 pm 29 Nov 11

fabforty said :

johnboy said :

EvanJames said :

CoffinRX2 said :

Summernats brings in a sh*tload of money into this town when its practically a ghost town, …

People keep saying this, but who gets the money? I don’t know anyone who gets this money. Where does it go? I know that Canberra ratepayers get to provide law enforcement, security, garbage collection and umpteen other services to the Summernats, but as for this cash bonanza they bring, where is that?

Dickson Woolies and Maccas, a few servos. That’s about the limit of it.

+1

But lets not forget the bikies and other organised crime gangs that rake it in through the brothels and sex shops. I just love it that my rates and taxes go towards an event that makes them money.

I didn’t realise organsied crime was involved in sex shops, only restaurants and bars (and apparently tattoo shops).

p1 1:49 pm 29 Nov 11

johnboy said :

Don’t go forgetting the drive though, and I think you’d find the average transaction could be higher.

…and the coffee counter these days.

Deref 1:12 pm 29 Nov 11

02PRUV said :

A few years ago I was told Maccas Dickson usually turns over $1m a week. Over Summernats they turn over $1m a day.

That tells you everything you need to know about Summernats.

KB1971 1:01 pm 29 Nov 11

02PRUV said :

Like any event. It’s always the very small minority that spoil it for the majority. And that’s what originally killed the supercruise down northbourne.

This event does bring in a lot of money to Canberra. A few years ago I was told Maccas Dickson usually turns over $1m a week. .

Um, I find this hard to believe. We just did a quick calculation, we estimated the average meal would cost around 10 bucks a hit (average remember), that works out at roughly 750 transactions per counter per day or about 11 per minute in a 24 hour day.

Not sure that is possible.

    johnboy 1:04 pm 29 Nov 11

    Don’t go forgetting the drive though, and I think you’d find the average transaction could be higher.

02PRUV 12:36 pm 29 Nov 11

Like any event. It’s always the very small minority that spoil it for the majority. And that’s what originally killed the supercruise down northbourne.

This event does bring in a lot of money to Canberra. A few years ago I was told Maccas Dickson usually turns over $1m a week. Over Summernats they turn over $1m a day. You might say “I don’t see the money” but it’s a big wheel. All the companies that directly benefit from the money have money to spend employing people and money to spend buying things they need and want. People get employed they have money to spend. They go spend money on goods and services. Keeps those companies going. Keeps those employees employed. And then they have money to spend. And so on and so on. Now if you just think that one fast food place can do the weekly turnover each day of the summernats. What do you think all the hotels, other food places, entertainment places, nightclubs, stripclubs, movie threatres etc get out of the weekend. A big event like this that brings in interstate money stimulates the local economy a great deal and benefits the majority of the community more than it disturbs the minority of the community.

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