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SUMMERNATS 26 ATTRACTS MORE
THAN 100,000 SPECTATORS
The 26th Street Machine Summernats, proudly supported by Rare Spares, recorded 101,486 people attending the event
held at Exhibition Park in Canberra from January 3-6.
It was a strong increase from the 90,000 who attended
Summernats 25 and entrant numbers were also up by more than 15
percent on last year, with a total of 1767.
"It's been a fantastic event this year," event co-owner Andy Lopez
"It's especially pleasing to see significant increases in the number
of patrons buying season passes, which translates into longer stays in
Canberra and a significant economic benefit to the Canberra economy.
"We were very pleased that the safety measures that we had put in
place at the event to cope with the extreme heat over the weekend
ensured that we had minimal incidents of patron heat stress."
Top car constructor and green homes builder Mick Fabar was the
overall winner of Summernats 26, taking out the Grand Champion
Summernats judges recognised his 1967 model XR Falcon sedan
as the best of the best.
Labelled ZERO'D, Fabar's car is the world's first ecofriendly Super-
Elite Muscle Car; a 600 horsepower, turbocharged, biodiesel V8-
powered sedan built with a zero carbon footprint approach.
First unveiled at Sydney's MotorEx, ZERO'D is built entirely from
second-hand body parts, and has been certified as having a carbon
footprint of zero in a report written by Bond University in NSW.
The ACT Police confirmed that this year's event was arrest free and
they were not called in to intervene during any incidents.
The Operational Commander for the event, Acting Superintendent
Rod Anderson, said that given the size of the attendance, police were
generally pleased with the crowd's behaviour.
"Overall we were very happy with the patron and entrant behaviour
at the Summernats this year, particularly with the large number of
people in attendance," Acting Superintendent Anderson said.
"The effective working relationship and cooperation between event
organisers, police and ACT government directorates had been a
significant contributor to the event's success."
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MOTORACTIVE RENEWS SPONSORSHIP
DEAL AT SUMMERNATS 26
MotorActive announced a six-year sponsorship renewal at the Street Machine Summernats 26 held at
Canberra's Exhibition Park early January.
MotorActive, the Australian distributor for
leading automotive car care brands Meguiar's
and Liqui-Moly, to date already has 20 years
of involvement with the iconic Australian car
The sponsorship agreement covers both
Meguiar's, which currently sponsors the
Judging Pavilion and the Great Uncover, and
Liqui-Moly, which is the naming rights
sponsor for the National Burnout Masters,
one of the largest organised burnout
competitions in the world.
"We're thrilled to have such an
innovative, progressive automotive brand like
MotorActive as a major sponsor at the
Summernats," event co-owner Andy Lopez
"MotorActive, through their brands
Meguiar's and Liqui-Moly, have helped define
how the Summernats has grown over the past
20 years, and their commitment to both the
event and the wider Street Machine
community is a shining example to other
MotorActive founder and Managing
Director, Bruce Morrison, said his
involvement in the event has grown from
humble beginnings over the past 20 years,
but it has always been driven by the desire to
invoke pride in the street machine and
custom car community.
"Due to the scale of our involvement in
the event, many people just think that
MotorActive is this huge company that comes
into the Summernats, does its thing and then
leaves; the reality couldn't be further from
the truth," he said.
"When we first came to Summernats it
was just me and my brother Ray and we just
had a small tent with a car on display.
"We've slowly been increasing our
involvement over the years, and we now have
a team of about 25 MotorActive staff working
at the event.
"When we commit as a company to
something like the Summernats, we don't
take it lightly.
"I have personally never missed a day of
the event in the past 20 years that we have
Three years ago, MotorActive took the
naming rights sponsorship of the newly
formed National Burnout Masters under the
This sponsorship allowed the competition
to quickly establish itself as the premier
burnout competition in Australia and one of
the largest of its kind in the world.
"With the Liqui-Moly National Burnout
Masters, we worked hard with the new
Summernats owners to really legitimise
burnouts as a form of professional motorsport
and clean up their image," Mr Morrison said.
"Almost immediately after we formed the
National Burnout Masters, a number of
smaller feeder events started to appear
across the country, all occurring on
designated burnout facilities.
"This meant that videos rapidly started to
appear on YouTube with footage of cars doing
burnouts in safe, controlled environments on
the track, instead of in dead-end streets."
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