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Thousands of people line Northbourne Avenue to watch Summernats City Cruise.
Picture: Jay Cronan
Revheads cruise through the capital
ELBOWS hang out of windows,
engines flex with tough faces at the
wheel, bearded passengers ride low
behind growling supercharged
chrome, while tattoos and colour flash
by barricades of onlookers.
Among the crowds taking part in the
spectacle was Holden enthusiast Tony
Davis who had brought his family
from Yass to see their first Sum-
mernats City Cruise.
I used to have one-tonners, panel
vans and Toranas but I got out of all
those old cars, Mr Davis said. They
were too expensive to run.
He s been a Holden man for 30
years but that hasn t dimmed his
appreciation for other makes. And last
week the full gamut was on show in
the heart of Canberra s CBD.
There were more than 200 snarling,
highly manicured automobiles.
There were old cars and there were
new cars; there were stylishly under-
stated cars and others screaming high-
Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez
said about 25 street machines in the
convoy had been given unregistered
vehicle permits to do the cruise.
Basically they re the cars with the
big blocks, or the engines that are
overly noisy, that you can t normally
drive on the road, Mr Lopez said. He
said it was rare treat to actually see
such cars driving around. Usually they
sat idle in a show n shine.
The cruise returned as an annual
event in 2012, seven years after riot
police had to be called to deal with an
out-of-control mob after the cruise
created havoc in Canberra. The 2005
incident coincided with the biggest
Summernats crowd on record with
115,000 people attending the event.
On the cruise s return last year more
than 20,000 spectators lined the streets
of Northbourne Avenue with some
6000 crammed into the CBD alone.
This is the only serious sort of
motorcade in Australia that doesn t
have an overpaid politician in it, Mr
The ACT Treasury estimates Sum-
mernats injects about $15 million into
the local economy.
In an attempt to make the event
more family-friendly, organisers can-
celled the adult entertainment this
year. For the first time strippers were
not part of the car festival.
The thing about not moving for-
ward with the adult entertainment is ...
our event is always about cars, Mr
I think that s why people come to
Summernats and I know our punters
and our entrants are on board with
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