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|Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:03 pm Post subject: SUMMERNATS
|Summernats 25 Ends Full Of Praise
The 25th birthday of the Summernats Car Festival has wrapped up, with event organisers praising patron and entrant behaviour.
90,102 people attended the car event in the Nation’s Capital, a substantial increase over the previous year. Entrant numbers were also up by over 20%, resulting in the highest number of entrants at the festival since Summernats 10.
Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez was joined by ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher this morning to announce that the festival, which injects around $15M to the ACT economy, will remain in Canberra at Exhibition Park in 2013, amid speculation that it would be moving interstate.
“We’ve had a fantastic event this year at Exhibition Park in Canberra,” said Lopez. "Even with a little bit of rain on Sunday, the sun definitely shone on Summernats this year. Just goes to show that God drives a V8 too!
“There’s been a lot of discussion about the future of the Summernats after our contract with Exhibition Park in Canberra ran out at the end of this event. We had a couple of options, but I am very happy to announce that the Summernats will be renewing our options here in the ACT. The Summernats will definitely be back here in 2013.
“We’ve committed to 2013 to give ourselves the proper amount of time to finalise our negotiations with the ACT Government. Our intent and desire is to stay here in the ACT at Exhibition Park.”
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said she was thrilled the event would return in 2013.
"The commitment I give Summernats is we're going to continue to work with you to hopefully convince you to stay here in the ACT," she said.
The ACT Police confirmed that this year’s event was arrest free, and they were not called in to intervene during any incidents. Superintendent Lesa Gale said that for an event of this size and characteristics to run arrest-free is a tribute to the organisers and the planning.
“Police worked very closely with the organisers in the lead-up to the event. This year we made the operational decision to have our officers on high-visibility, proactive patrols inside Summernats and the general feedback we have had from patrons and, in particular, the stallholders and small business operators within the precinct, that this was a very positive move,” Superintendent Gale said.
“We will be looking to engage with the organisers again in readiness for next year, to look at new or different processes and practices to keep patrons safe and encourage responsible behaviour,” Superintendent Gale added.
Local Canberra resident Ben Sargent was the overall winner of Summernats 25, taking out the Grand Champion award. His 1971 Holden Monaro HQ Coupe was recognised as the best of the best by Summernats judges.
Winner of the inaugural Liqui-Moly National Burnout Masters was Don Elphick from NSW in his white 1971 ford Falcon XY. Elphick collects a $15,000 cheque for his efforts.
Summernats 26 will be held at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 3th – 6th January 2013. For more information visit the website www.summernats.com.au