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.
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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.