2017 saw the 30th anniversary of Australia’s biggest, most interactive car show. Thirty years wasn’t the only milestone set this year, an attendance of 119,000 over the 4 days set a new record as well. For those rare few that have been living under a rock and don’t know what Summernats is; It’s like heaven for muscle car lovers, only better. Burnout comps, Dyno Comps, Show & Shine combine with countless other facets to create one of the most truly unique car events in the southern hemisphere.
We started on the Thursday, and were instantly drawn to the burnout pad. The competition was impressive as always. Smoke covered vehicles in seconds and the noises were nothing short of apocalyptic. The pad became a modern day battleground, with warriors pushing their noble steeds harder than even before, fighting for that roar of approval from the crowd.
Many of Summernats’ ‘gem’ cars can be found with a simple walk around Tuff St, where competitors can cruise their vehicles within the show. Some stunning examples of Australia’s finest muscle was on display, many of which chose to flaunt their burnout skills followed by a quick chinwag with security. It just wouldn’t be Summernats without some cheeky rubber laid down.
The four day event features onsite camping, where many of the punters will stay overnight, keeping watchful eyes on their pride and joy. It genuinely would take the full four days to see everything that Summernats has to offer, and we encourage everyone to make the pilgrimage at least once in their life.
It’s nigh impossible to showcase the diversity of cars that are on show each year, usually people assume that summernats is purely Aussie V8 only, but every year more Euro and JDM cars sneak their way into the fray. They have to be extremely tough builds to mix it with the big boys, and many have turned to engine swaps to satisfy the need for tyre frying power.
Summernats 30 sure was a blast, but not without some unfortunate incidents, including one where a young man lost his life. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. We also give our support to the event organisers who try to keep everyone safe and put on a thrilling show at the same time, they do an incredible job every year.
We leave you now with photos galore and some friendly advice: go experience this incredible event before the fun police try to put their stamp on it, thank your event organisers and support them.
Here’s to 30 more years!