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Summernats to keep on rocking at EPIC

By johnboy - 24 July 2009 73

To the joy of some, and the disappointment of others, the ABC informs us that Summernats is going nowhere.

    The new owners of the Summernats Car Festival say the event will be staged in Canberra for at least the next three years.

    A company led by Andy Lopez who produces the Australia Day Concert has bought the event from Chic Henry.

    Mr Lopez says the consortium has signed a three year lease with Exhibition Park with the hope to extend the event beyond 2012.

Chic Henry is staying on as a consultant, which is to be expected when buying such a complicated beast.

UPDATE: Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is concerned that three more years will not be enough!

    Senator Gary Humphries has urged that the event stay in the ACT saying that “It is absolutely essential that a family-friendly Summernats stays here in the ACT.

    “This event brings lots of people to the Nation’s Capital every year and is a big stimulant for our local economy, with local hotels, restaurants and retail being flooded for the weekend every year.

    “It has been well supported by the local motor enthusiasts, and our local community as a whole and it is vital that such a centrepiece of the annual calendar doesn’t move elsewhere.

I think that to say it is supported by “our local community as a whole” might be gilding the lily somewhat.

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73 Responses to
Summernats to keep on rocking at EPIC
Mike Bessenger 1:22 pm 24 Jul 09

FC said :

Mike, the issues a lot of posters (including myself) are a lot more than car smoke or noise. They have to do with voilent crime, objectification of women, sexual assault, ethical business, self esteem, property damage…the list goes on and I couldn’t be bothered going into it. do a little search and you will see them detailed in the many threads previously on Riotact about summernats.
Its not about just ‘whinging’ (and definitly not ‘winging’) or needing to ‘get over it’.

The summernats will not on (in Canberra) at least for much longer. Its just a matter of time.

Explain how thats different to going to the City on a Saturday night? All of what you have quoted happens every day.
I’ve seen alot worse from 1 day events such as Australia Day, the boxing, Big day out.
Are you sure your not just anti car, and Summernats is the only big car event has so lets take it out on them.

missalli 1:14 pm 24 Jul 09

Are you confident of your statement FC?

For the last 6 years(at least), the minority that dont “like” the Summernats have tried to get it moved on. It has not worked. Having just signed on for another 3 years, what makes you think it’s moving on this time?

Mike-I could not agree with you more.

FC 1:08 pm 24 Jul 09

Mike, the issues a lot of posters (including myself) are a lot more than car smoke or noise. They have to do with voilent crime, objectification of women, sexual assault, ethical business, self esteem, property damage…the list goes on and I couldn’t be bothered going into it. do a little search and you will see them detailed in the many threads previously on Riotact about summernats.
Its not about just ‘whinging’ (and definitly not ‘winging’) or needing to ‘get over it’.

The summernats will not on (in Canberra) at least for much longer. Its just a matter of time.

Mike Bessenger 12:59 pm 24 Jul 09

Get over it. It’s been in Canberra for over 20years, I bet thats a lot longer then some of the people winging about it.
If you don’t like it don’t go.
If a little smoke comes over your(you’re) house, don’t worry it won’t kill you. If the sound of a V8 is a little loud were ear plugs. It’s 4 days or the year FFS.
And no I don’t attend or support summernats, but that doesn’t mean others can’t.

Cletus 2 12:49 pm 24 Jul 09

Summernats is fairly lame as far as car shows go. The main reason I like it coming to Canberra is all the wowsers here who think it’s the end of the world and that the only things that should be allowed to happen in Canberra should have their personal approval. It’s really great.

You think that’s a safe bet, trunking symbols? Like to make a wager then? The show us your whatevers and adult industry activity comes from the attendees, not the organisers. It could be cut down significantly if you didn’t serve any alcohol there or allow drunks to come in. I think that would go down like a lead balloon.

FC 11:52 am 24 Jul 09

“Is this so bad?”
YES!

Under control? pfft.

Graham Cooke 11:49 am 24 Jul 09

Is this so bad? The Summernats unquestionably bring money into the ACT and they have been pretty much under control recently after the wild early years. As Trunking Symbols says, the new owners sound like a reasonably responsible lot.

Duke 10:26 am 24 Jul 09

Sweet!

Friska 10:19 am 24 Jul 09

Bring back the dragway near the airport!!

p1 10:06 am 24 Jul 09

I’m a little afraid that the only way summerGnats could be made worse, former Australian Idol “Stars”, might happen now.

grundy 9:29 am 24 Jul 09

Damn! I was hoping they would take it to some far away hole… like Adelaide or something.

Wraith 9:16 am 24 Jul 09

Bring back the SuperCruise!!!!

And the real cars….

Trunking symbols 9:13 am 24 Jul 09

I understand the successful consortium was also responsible for staging World Youth Day and the Australia Day Live! event. I think it’s safe to say there’ll be no more “show us your whatevers” or tie-ins with the adult shops in Fyshwick.

Pandy 9:06 am 24 Jul 09

Frack!!!

FC 9:05 am 24 Jul 09

*sigh*

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