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The Steve Nogas incident at Summernats

By johnboy 9 January 2012 56

Blownhemi has posted this gem to YouTube with this note of explanation:

Okay guys, this is a very controversial topic. Here’s the unedited footage of the Steve Nogas incident.

What seems to have happened is that the driver Steve Nogas was told he was disqualified for reason stemming back to his qualifying burnout (disobeying a fire mashal), he forced his car through a group of officials and on to the track, and after the burnout he was escorted from the track and his car towed away.

Could have been handled a little better from both sides, but forcing your way on to the track is definitely the wrong way to go.

I’ve posted this video to provide a little clarity to the incident.

UPDATE: Steve’s facebook page informs he’s the CEO of Kristal Limousines.

There also appear to be Steve Nogas support groups proliferating.

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tinkers84 11:35 pm 17 Jan 12

As someone who dislikes Summernats I’m trying hard to be unbiased 🙂

If it’s true he didn’t find out until he got to the front of the line that he was disqualified then I can understand completely why he’d be pissed off! It was a bloody hot day to be stuck in a line in a car for an hour. He shouldn’t have driven at the officials like that but I doubt he was going fast enough to hurt anyone (though I’m no expect). I think his downgrade to a year ban is fair.

It gave the crowd a good show, nothing funnier than a pack of Aussies calling bulls**t over a decision. Though I think the bottle throwers are jerks, it’s uncalled for.

sj20 2:53 pm 17 Jan 12

KB1971 said :

sj20 said :

I agree with many people on here, Summernats is not an enjoyable festival for many Canberrans, even the ones who don’t attend. I live in the Kingston area and still faced the downsides of the event, many of the attendees were staying at hotels nearby and for the duration of that weekend at all hours of the day and night (including up to 3am) you could hear screeches, continuous revving, burnouts etc echoing through the streets. Not only that, but the crude drivers who made it an unpleasant experience to even check my mailbox.

As you go closer to Epic, my friends who live across the street at Watson had all sorts of things set on fire and thrown over into dry grass areas or at the front doors of their apartments. I can’t understand what ‘family’ would take their children to an event such as that.

It looks like next year I will have to follow suit and leave the city.

Good thing our tourism advertising doesn’t necessarily have to be honest;
— “Come to Canberra, where you will be greeted by a scenic drive through government housing and during our prestigious summernats festival, you too can experience that bogan charm of fresh burnt rubber wafting on the breeze accompanied by the musings of our many locals ‘show us ya tits!!’..Canberra.. the place to be”

You are leaving Canberra because of the Summernats?

Lol oh no, just for the weekend they’re on!

sj20 2:51 pm 17 Jan 12

KB1971 said :

sj20 said :

I agree with many people on here, Summernats is not an enjoyable festival for many Canberrans, even the ones who don’t attend. I live in the Kingston area and still faced the downsides of the event, many of the attendees were staying at hotels nearby and for the duration of that weekend at all hours of the day and night (including up to 3am) you could hear screeches, continuous revving, burnouts etc echoing through the streets. Not only that, but the crude drivers who made it an unpleasant experience to even check my mailbox.

As you go closer to Epic, my friends who live across the street at Watson had all sorts of things set on fire and thrown over into dry grass areas or at the front doors of their apartments. I can’t understand what ‘family’ would take their children to an event such as that.

It looks like next year I will have to follow suit and leave the city.

Good thing our tourism advertising doesn’t necessarily have to be honest;
— “Come to Canberra, where you will be greeted by a scenic drive through government housing and during our prestigious summernats festival, you too can experience that bogan charm of fresh burnt rubber wafting on the breeze accompanied by the musings of our many locals ‘show us ya tits!!’..Canberra.. the place to be”

You are leaving Canberra because of the Summernats?

Lol oh no, just for that weekend they’re on!

Clam 10:57 pm 12 Jan 12

Waiting For Godot said :

I’d like to see a proper cost/benefit analysis carried out because it seems to me that this event is bringing us no benefit whatsoever and we are paying dearly for having our city hijacked by these interstate hoons and ferals.

Don’t know about “interstate” ferals. Of the 90,000 people that went. 65,000 were Canberrians.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/horsepower-party-stays-in-canberra/2412822.aspx?storypage=2

Kali 6:03 pm 12 Jan 12

Tooks said :

Deref said :

Can any Summernats fans here explain to the rest of us what they enjoy about burnouts?

I’ve never understood the enjoyment people get out of burnouts. It’s a complete mystery to me. Each to their own.

x 2. I ask myself this question when the local hoodlums ‘smoke ’em up’ on my street most Saturday nights and nightly during summernats (even though I live in Tuggeranong – they seem to get in the mood).

KB1971 4:07 pm 12 Jan 12

sj20 said :

I agree with many people on here, Summernats is not an enjoyable festival for many Canberrans, even the ones who don’t attend. I live in the Kingston area and still faced the downsides of the event, many of the attendees were staying at hotels nearby and for the duration of that weekend at all hours of the day and night (including up to 3am) you could hear screeches, continuous revving, burnouts etc echoing through the streets. Not only that, but the crude drivers who made it an unpleasant experience to even check my mailbox.

As you go closer to Epic, my friends who live across the street at Watson had all sorts of things set on fire and thrown over into dry grass areas or at the front doors of their apartments. I can’t understand what ‘family’ would take their children to an event such as that.

It looks like next year I will have to follow suit and leave the city.

Good thing our tourism advertising doesn’t necessarily have to be honest;
— “Come to Canberra, where you will be greeted by a scenic drive through government housing and during our prestigious summernats festival, you too can experience that bogan charm of fresh burnt rubber wafting on the breeze accompanied by the musings of our many locals ‘show us ya tits!!’..Canberra.. the place to be”

You are leaving Canberra because of the Summernats?

sj20 11:54 am 11 Jan 12

I agree with many people on here, Summernats is not an enjoyable festival for many Canberrans, even the ones who don’t attend. I live in the Kingston area and still faced the downsides of the event, many of the attendees were staying at hotels nearby and for the duration of that weekend at all hours of the day and night (including up to 3am) you could hear screeches, continuous revving, burnouts etc echoing through the streets. Not only that, but the crude drivers who made it an unpleasant experience to even check my mailbox.

As you go closer to Epic, my friends who live across the street at Watson had all sorts of things set on fire and thrown over into dry grass areas or at the front doors of their apartments. I can’t understand what ‘family’ would take their children to an event such as that.

It looks like next year I will have to follow suit and leave the city.

Good thing our tourism advertising doesn’t necessarily have to be honest;
— “Come to Canberra, where you will be greeted by a scenic drive through government housing and during our prestigious summernats festival, you too can experience that bogan charm of fresh burnt rubber wafting on the breeze accompanied by the musings of our many locals ‘show us ya tits!!’..Canberra.. the place to be”

Thumper 8:14 am 11 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

damien haas said :

Buzz2600 said :

Controversial hu? Yawn ….

Anyway, I thought smoking was banned in the ACT.

While sitting in the stands at the Burnout Pad just before eliminations began on Friday, a gent sitting in front of me lit up a cool refreshing Laramie. Within about 30 seconds he was asked by security to put it out. Minutes later clouds of rubber smoke started wafting over the entire area, repeatedly, for hours…

That incident alone would make it worth being there.

Bit smoking is bad.

Nicola and Katie said so.

smont 7:24 am 11 Jan 12

Who needs to go to Summernats to see a car spinning its wheels and spewing out smoke. Head down to southern Tuggeranong on an average Saturday night ….

AndrewW 10:37 pm 10 Jan 12

Waiting For Godot said :

Interesting to hear the usual suspects saying that Summernats is good for Canberra because it brings in so much money. I was in Fyshwick on Saturday and it was almost deserted. Even outside the sex shops, brothels and gay beat. I’d like to see a proper cost/benefit analysis carried out because it seems to me that this event is bringing us no benefit whatsoever and we are paying dearly for having our city hijacked by these interstate hoons and ferals.

John Moulis said :

Ah Summernats. Let the whinging begin. Don’t you just love it when the Canberra left wing greenie latte set object to anything which has anything to do with male culture/boganism/the real Australia beyond the ACT. Most of us just sit back and have a wry giggle as they spout their precious, highly predictable nonsense.

Why the 180, John?

Pork Hunt 4:49 pm 10 Jan 12

What a pity they didn’t spray seawater down the engine intake while it was running and then impound it for unauthorised hooning….

KB1971 3:55 pm 10 Jan 12

I-filed said :

Lowey said :

Just checked the employment status on facebook. Wtf?

Worth noting that the Summernats PR around a “life ban” was just puff. One of the banned (Marlin Griffin) says he is already discussing with Summernats officials having his ban reversed:

“Marlin Griffin: Just been talking to the officials at summernats again, working on a resolution to lift my life ban, i would like to apologize to any of the track officials and staff that i may have endangered and if i am back at summernats next year I’m more than happy to buy the blokes on the skid pad a beer.”

So much for maintaining standards. Summernats are hoodwinking the ACT Government with little motherhood appeasement statements.

He may be discussing it but are they listening?

NoImRight 3:21 pm 10 Jan 12

damien haas said :

Buzz2600 said :

Controversial hu? Yawn ….

Anyway, I thought smoking was banned in the ACT.

While sitting in the stands at the Burnout Pad just before eliminations began on Friday, a gent sitting in front of me lit up a cool refreshing Laramie. Within about 30 seconds he was asked by security to put it out. Minutes later clouds of rubber smoke started wafting over the entire area, repeatedly, for hours…

That incident alone would make it worth being there.

damien haas 2:50 pm 10 Jan 12

Buzz2600 said :

Controversial hu? Yawn ….

Anyway, I thought smoking was banned in the ACT.

While sitting in the stands at the Burnout Pad just before eliminations began on Friday, a gent sitting in front of me lit up a cool refreshing Laramie. Within about 30 seconds he was asked by security to put it out. Minutes later clouds of rubber smoke started wafting over the entire area, repeatedly, for hours…

I-filed 2:50 pm 10 Jan 12

Lowey said :

Just checked the employment status on facebook. Wtf?

Worth noting that the Summernats PR around a “life ban” was just puff. One of the banned (Marlin Griffin) says he is already discussing with Summernats officials having his ban reversed:

“Marlin Griffin: Just been talking to the officials at summernats again, working on a resolution to lift my life ban, i would like to apologize to any of the track officials and staff that i may have endangered and if i am back at summernats next year I’m more than happy to buy the blokes on the skid pad a beer.”

So much for maintaining standards. Summernats are hoodwinking the ACT Government with little motherhood appeasement statements.

I-filed 2:41 pm 10 Jan 12

This is Canberra’s premier event is it not, after Floriade? Let’s see this footage on the next tourism ad for Canberra. Next time any of Katie “Kate Carnell” Gallagher’s government spout “city of culture”, or any such, or any environmentally sound credentials or intentions in this city, it should be “Bull-sh*t! Bull-Sh*t, Kate!” in unison.

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