The 34th edition of Summernats, has been rescheduled to January 2022, but as always the Summernats team is moving forward positively and is announcing an exciting program of events for 2021.
“Summernats has made the difficult decision to re-schedule Summernats 34 to January 2022,” said Summernats managing director Andy Lopez. “ACT Health is using Exhibition Park as a COVID-19 testing facility until the end of November and can’t confirm we’ll have our venue back, which is an unmanageable risk to our event. Combined with ACT Health’s recently released protocols that exclude outdoor multi-day festival events of more than 5,000 people, a pathway to a January 2021 Summernats is impossible.”
Lopez also said that they fought really hard for our event for the last six months, but just can’t find a way to get it over the line. “Our team is very disappointed, the street machine community is devastated, and the same goes for our loyal staff, contractors, and the accommodation, hospitality and associated businesses that normally benefit from the $30m the ’Nats brings to the ACT economy every January.”
He acknowledged that everyone across Australia is suffering, and ACT Health and other agencies are doing their best to keep everyone safe. “We respect the great job that’s been done to get the ACT to such a good position.”
While Summernats attracts over 100,000 auto fans and 2,000 vehicles to Canberra’s Exhibition Park each year, organisers will be staging a reduced capacity Summernats-style event in March, Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is part of their national program of COVID safe events.
“The Summernats isn’t in the doom and gloom business, we’re in the good times business, so we’re moving forward and announcing a calendar of exciting, COVID-safe events for 2021,” Lopez said. “This includes the new Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll festival at EPIC in March, and we’ll be bringing the full Summernats festival back to Canberra in 2022. We’ve just delivered a sensational Red CentreNATS in Alice Springs on Father’s Day, and staged our first Burnout Masters event at Sydney Dragway the following week. We proved to ourselves and our fans that we can do COVID-safe events and still have a great time.”
The Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll festival will be staged at Exhibition Park on 5 to 7 March, 2021. A maximum of 5,000 spectators and entrants will enjoy much of what makes Summernats Australia’s best automotive festival. Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll includes the Burnout Masters Grand Final, cruising, show and shine, dyno, a retail expo from Australia’s best automotive brands, unveils, and an elite show – all packed into two and a half days in the top half of Exhibition Park.
“The Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll festival will be the first major event designed to fit the current COVID-19 guidelines in Canberra, and we’ve already engaged with Venues ACT, Visit Canberra and Events ACT to get the show happening,” added Lopez.
“We’re an important test case to show that private enterprise, with Government support, can deliver a COVID-safe event outside of major football codes. It’s genuine innovation and a proactive partnership that will help get events back in business.”