2012 SUMMERNATS

After attending the first Summernationals in 1988 it seems like hardly any time has elapsed at all as I have just returned from the 25th running of the event. Originally the Summernats was run in addition to the traditional Australian Street Machine Nationals that was first run in 1975, however it soon took over as the number one event in Australia and still holds is the title of the biggest event of its type down under.

Over that period the Summernats has been held at the Canberra Showground (or more commonly known as the NATEX facility) and with a great combination of internal roads, a burnout pad, halls, grassed areas and camping facilities it becomes a self contained horsepower haven for 1500 entries and 100,000 spectators for four days each January. An announcement from the promoters and the territory’s Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, MLA revealed that the event will again be held there next year although speculation regarding its long term future are still not clear.

After reaching the finals before Ben Sergeant’s 1971 GM-Holden HQ Monaro took out the very top prize – Grand Champion at the 25th Summernats. His Prizmatique over silver paint job was truly special and was good enough to also take out “Top Coupe”, a Top 10 spot and another big one – the People’s Choice Award. Powered by a stroked 327 cubic inch Holden engine the car goes as good as it looks and considering he only spent $70k on the project it looks as good as cars that have seven times that much spent on them.