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SuperCruise success down Northbourne

johnboy 6 January 2012 89

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Even with milestones tumbling in the cricket crowds were out in force to see the Summernats SuperCruise / CityCruise rumble through town.

Everyone seemed very happy and well behaved Here’s a couple of shots I got through the throng.

Feel free to send yours in to images@the-riotact.com .

KB1971 has sent in a swag of pix, including this one:

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Here’s one from MJay’s set:

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Curleylocks was in the action outside Fenner Hall:

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Gungahliner has sent in the long awaited pictures of strippers on a stretched hummer:

strippers on a stretch hummer

Damien Haas took this video:

Here’s the full slideshow:


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cargirl cargirl 1:33 pm 17 Jan 12

That Capital Men’s Club has nothing to do with the Nats. Their vehicle was knocked back from entering the Event so they obviously took the opportunity to get some free advertising.

KB1971 KB1971 7:14 am 08 Jan 12

LSWCHP said :

Waiting For Godot said :

kakosi said :

I like that I can see the fireworks each night from my house but not that I can hear the car noise all night for three nights and that right now the music is so loud it’s getting through the closed windows and doors and that’s annoying.

I don’t know how old you are, but you can be thankful we are not seeing a repetition of the infamous 1993 Summernats. Apart from the drunken riot during the Supercruise – which forced its cancellation until this year – there were helicopter joy rides departing from the carpark where the Kamberra winery is now, and a Summernats radio station playing raucous music blaring out from loudspeakers within the grounds and at each entry point.

The noise from this year’s event should be miniscule by comparison.

I was living in Hackett in 1993, and that tainted my view of Summernats until quite recently. The current gig isn’t too bad, but back in those days it was utterly disgraceful crap.

1993 was not caused by Summernats entrants persay, that year was a great event & there was many great things going on inside Natex.

That was the year of the hanger on. I can remember driving down Northbourne that year & there was an exceptional amont of people lining the road. So many more than in previous years, I would say double. These people were not really “car enthusiasts” but people out for a party, a bit like the “rent a crowd” that turn up to protests & cause trouble.

I dont actually know what caused the crap but it had been simmering away on Nourthbourne for a couple of nights as the crowd were spraying cars with water pistols, encouraging burnouts ect that it would not have taken much to ignight the fuel.Inside Natex, security were keeping a reasonably tight lid on things.

No doubt the event attracted this attention & back then it was a free for all in the partying department (as all events were from the PM’s 11 to local football).

Yep, it has a certain level of people behaving badly but then so does 1/2 of Canberra going to Batemans Bay for their holidays. Growing up in a tourist area myself (the Sapphire Coast) we used to see this behavoir all the time, people being rude lo locals, letting their hair down & getting out of control ect. There used to be a NYE party every year at Bar Beach in Merimbula until 1988 when there was a mass influx of people which finished with the town being trashed & the beach closed the next year.

Anyway, that is in the past & I dont really know why people dont let it go as it was nearly 20 years ago. The media dredge this old chestnut up every year, obviously there is nothing else bad to report about the event it seems.

Mumbucks Mumbucks 11:11 pm 07 Jan 12

poetix said :

gladbag said :

I have no interest in Summernats or cars. I am a middle aged lady (public servant, bucket of kids) and not in the target demographic.

However, I think it is great to see so many happy men walking around town at this time of year. If it makes people happy, then it is cool. The extra holiday feel that this event brings to this town is a breath of fresh air.

Mrs Bucket? Lady of the house!

Um, some middle aged (or practically, almost, perhaps, nearly middle aged in several more years) women quite like hot cars. And those happy men who actually like women AND hot cars. Fresh air I’m not so sure about in regard to les Nats, but I see what you mean.

And why do you keep your children in a bucket?

LSWCHP LSWCHP 11:02 pm 07 Jan 12

Waiting For Godot said :

kakosi said :

I like that I can see the fireworks each night from my house but not that I can hear the car noise all night for three nights and that right now the music is so loud it’s getting through the closed windows and doors and that’s annoying.

I don’t know how old you are, but you can be thankful we are not seeing a repetition of the infamous 1993 Summernats. Apart from the drunken riot during the Supercruise – which forced its cancellation until this year – there were helicopter joy rides departing from the carpark where the Kamberra winery is now, and a Summernats radio station playing raucous music blaring out from loudspeakers within the grounds and at each entry point.

The noise from this year’s event should be miniscule by comparison.

I was living in Hackett in 1993, and that tainted my view of Summernats until quite recently. The current gig isn’t too bad, but back in those days it was utterly disgraceful crap.

poetix poetix 10:51 pm 07 Jan 12

gladbag said :

I have no interest in Summernats or cars. I am a middle aged lady (public servant, bucket of kids) and not in the target demographic.

However, I think it is great to see so many happy men walking around town at this time of year. If it makes people happy, then it is cool. The extra holiday feel that this event brings to this town is a breath of fresh air.

Um, some middle aged (or practically, almost, perhaps, nearly middle aged in several more years) women quite like hot cars. And those happy men who actually like women AND hot cars. Fresh air I’m not so sure about in regard to les Nats, but I see what you mean.

And why do you keep your children in a bucket?

SockEPuppet SockEPuppet 10:43 pm 07 Jan 12

Pandy said :

OMG!!!!

No, no it was not what I meant!!!!

Not that there is anything wrong with it.

devils_advocate said :

Pandy said :

Any shirtlifters?

That was the best bit of the Supercruise at Summernats 10 years ago, the last time I went.

LOL. Although I know what you are referring to, please note that “shirtlifter” is a (somewhat derogatory) slang term for an entirely different societal demographic.

Which makes your post quite hilarious, also!

So glad you got to clear that up! Terrible that people might have thought you were gay.

‘I have always worried about men who rely too heavily upon exclamation marks.’ Jane Austen.

gladbag gladbag 10:23 pm 07 Jan 12

I have no interest in Summernats or cars. I am a middle aged lady (public servant, bucket of kids) and not in the target demographic. However, I think it is great to see so many happy men walking around town at this time of year. If it makes people happy, then it is cool. The extra holiday feel that this event brings to this town is a breath of fresh air.

Pandy Pandy 8:26 pm 07 Jan 12

OMG!!!!

No, no it was not what I meant!!!!

Not that there is anything wrong with it.

devils_advocate said :

Pandy said :

Any shirtlifters?

That was the best bit of the Supercruise at Summernats 10 years ago, the last time I went.

LOL. Although I know what you are referring to, please note that “shirtlifter” is a (somewhat derogatory) slang term for an entirely different societal demographic.

Which makes your post quite hilarious, also!

nhand42 nhand42 7:44 pm 07 Jan 12

cantdance said :

I’m quite new to Canberra and hadn’t heard of Summernats until today. I thoroughly enjoyed the lunchtime cruise. It’s the only opportunity many of us get to see these sorts of cars, and some of them were fantastic.

I prefer the Shannons Wheels format where they park the cars on the lawns of Old Parliament House. You get more time to look at the cars. Take some decent pics. Chat with the owners (if they’re up for that). The “super cruise” is not as good IMO.

buzz819 buzz819 2:49 pm 07 Jan 12

BelcoMan said :

what_the said :

devils_advocate said :

what_the said :

He’s right, you need to get laid. Personally I think floriade is one step up from watching grass grow but I’m not going to cry and bitch about it on the internet. Just one of the many wowsers in Canberra that doesnt like something because it doesn’t fit in with their perfect world.

Anyone that uses the words “loutish” and “hoon” in a non-ironic way a) needs to get laid and b) is unlikely to ever do so.

I hearthe Capital Mens Club is good for that! See, Summernats boosts the economy once again!

It is interesting to note that people keep referring to the brothels like they show the biggest increase in business during Summernats. Their increase is second to the Porn shops which really just confirms what most people think about Summernats Attendees…………

I think you will find the Capital Mens Club is a strip joint, not a brothel.

what_the what_the 2:15 pm 07 Jan 12

BelcoMan said :

what_the said :

devils_advocate said :

what_the said :

He’s right, you need to get laid. Personally I think floriade is one step up from watching grass grow but I’m not going to cry and bitch about it on the internet. Just one of the many wowsers in Canberra that doesnt like something because it doesn’t fit in with their perfect world.

Anyone that uses the words “loutish” and “hoon” in a non-ironic way a) needs to get laid and b) is unlikely to ever do so.

I hearthe Capital Mens Club is good for that! See, Summernats boosts the economy once again!

It is interesting to note that people keep referring to the brothels like they show the biggest increase in business during Summernats. Their increase is second to the Porn shops which really just confirms what most people think about Summernats Attendees…………

Actually, since it seemed to have gone straight over your head it’s a suggestions of how your obvious needs could be met. That’s as long as you’re not in too much pain from having that bug removed from your arse.

Seriously, it’s one weekend a year out of your precious life. It’s not the downfall of Canberra society as we know it. If it concerns you that much, stay inside for the weekend where it’s safe and everything is beige.

BelcoMan BelcoMan 2:08 pm 07 Jan 12

what_the said :

devils_advocate said :

what_the said :

He’s right, you need to get laid. Personally I think floriade is one step up from watching grass grow but I’m not going to cry and bitch about it on the internet. Just one of the many wowsers in Canberra that doesnt like something because it doesn’t fit in with their perfect world.

Anyone that uses the words “loutish” and “hoon” in a non-ironic way a) needs to get laid and b) is unlikely to ever do so.

I hearthe Capital Mens Club is good for that! See, Summernats boosts the economy once again!

It is interesting to note that people keep referring to the brothels like they show the biggest increase in business during Summernats. Their increase is second to the Porn shops which really just confirms what most people think about Summernats Attendees…………

Shinigami_Josh Shinigami_Josh 10:43 pm 06 Jan 12

Amanda Hugankis said :

You forgot porn, knock shops and fireworks … public servants, politicians, tulips, porn, knock shops, fireworks and people like him/her.

No more fireworks 🙁

what_the what_the 9:01 pm 06 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

what_the said :

He’s right, you need to get laid. Personally I think floriade is one step up from watching grass grow but I’m not going to cry and bitch about it on the internet. Just one of the many wowsers in Canberra that doesnt like something because it doesn’t fit in with their perfect world.

Anyone that uses the words “loutish” and “hoon” in a non-ironic way a) needs to get laid and b) is unlikely to ever do so.

I hearthe Capital Mens Club is good for that! See, Summernats boosts the economy once again!

I-filed I-filed 7:13 pm 06 Jan 12

Jim Jones said :

That place was awesome – but it was unpaid rent that killed the Gypsy off, no?

My recall is that it was killed by a mafioso who wanted to start up a “slick” (actuallydismal) bar/brasserie on the London Circuit/East Row corner and didn’t want the competition. Said business lasted about 18 months. Such a shame.

The Traineediplomat The Traineediplomat 6:53 pm 06 Jan 12

joeyjojojuniorshabadoo said :

NoImRight said :

On teh other hand the burnout comp at this years Floriade was pretty average though so Nats has that box ticked.

Haha!

Bunch of pansies…

Thumper Thumper 6:52 pm 06 Jan 12

Growling Ferret said :

I’m disappointed I couldn’t make it to the SuperCruise. My parents in their 60’s and half a dozen other family and friends from 20-70 got together and raved about it.

I was out in 93 – had my car tipped on two wheels (and if I had not accelerated, it would have been over) by the rioting crowd, and escaped by driving down the wrong side of Northbourne Avenue for 300m. Wrong place, wrong time.

I last went to Summernats 2 years ago, and its a vastly changed event. Professional, cleaned up, and the local d***head strap-on contingent has been excluded.

As a tourism event, its a great way to get 10,000 visitors to Canberra in Summer. Half the town is still on holidays this week anyway. What else could be held here in the first week of January that would get 10,000 high spending tourists into town?

Long live the new supercruise, and long live Summernats in Canberra

Second that. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, in fact, not mine, but so what?

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 5:44 pm 06 Jan 12

I’m disappointed I couldn’t make it to the SuperCruise. My parents in their 60’s and half a dozen other family and friends from 20-70 got together and raved about it.

I was out in 93 – had my car tipped on two wheels (and if I had not accelerated, it would have been over) by the rioting crowd, and escaped by driving down the wrong side of Northbourne Avenue for 300m. Wrong place, wrong time.

I last went to Summernats 2 years ago, and its a vastly changed event. Professional, cleaned up, and the local d***head strap-on contingent has been excluded.

As a tourism event, its a great way to get 10,000 visitors to Canberra in Summer. Half the town is still on holidays this week anyway. What else could be held here in the first week of January that would get 10,000 high spending tourists into town?

Long live the new supercruise, and long live Summernats in Canberra

devils_advocate devils_advocate 5:01 pm 06 Jan 12

johnboy said :

devils_advocate said :

I thought it was the noise complaints. But that impression could be wrong, as per the multiple theories floating around re: Kippax tavern.

The greater miracle was it lasted as long as it did.

As someone who was involved in the live music scene some time ago, I can say that the anti-noise wowsers had a good whinge about the Gypsy, Zorro’s, and the Terminus bar, despite their events being held a) in civic and b) after hours on weekends. I mean seriously, when are you supposed to have a live music event, between noon and 7pm?

Whether these complaints ultimately were the end of any or all of these venues, I don’t know. But it certainly made life tough for musos and more generally people that wanted to have any kind of fun.

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