The ultimate festival of wheels is back for Father’s Day Weekend in 2018 and offers car enthusiasts from Australia-wide a full program of on and off-track competitions and entertainment. The official program of events, including times and locations, will be available closer to the event date.

Official Street Cruising

What an awesome opportunity only available at the Red CentreNATS – build it, bring it, and DRIVE IT! Apply for a temporary registration and drive your normally unregistered vehicle on the streets of Alice Springs for the duration of the weekend. If you have entered in Red CentreNATS, you can apply (some restrictions apply)!


Catch the first glimpse of local vehicles competing and see what blown cars will hit the streets of Alice throughout the weekend.

Yeperenye Shopping Centre Red CentreNATS Street Parade

Proud to be Australia’s largest Street Parade, the Red CentreNATS Street Parade kicks off the event weekend with a bang! See Entrants drive their cars through the streets of Alice Springs while thousands of spectators line the streets. And the best bit – for those blown beasts that aren’t registered, get a Red CentreNATS Temporary Registration and cruise all weekend – awesome!


The most outrageous and exciting part of the Red CentreNATS is the burnouts, and there’ll be tyre shredding action a plenty in the smoke storm at the Alice Springs Inland Dragway Burnout Pad. Check out the Burnout Championship, as well as the Burnout Masters, in an awesome show of smoke and rubber.

Drag Racing

Alice Springs Inland Dragway (ASID) is the place to be for all of the Drag Racing action. There’s bound to be plenty of fun as season Drag Racers, as well as novice drivers, take on the quarter mile. All vehicles are encouraged to enter and come and race their mates, or lay down a challenge, to see who will become the Red CentreNATS Drag Racing Champ!

Shannons Show N Shine

Prepare to be blown away at the Shannons Show N Shine. Taking place over three days, check out the time, money and passion that has gone into these cars, and hear the great stories about their lives from the shed to the street! No matter what kind of car tickles your fancy, you’re sure to find something you’ll love in the sheds or lawns of Blatherskite Park.

Thrifty Grass Driving

All Entrants are invited to take part in the Thrifty Grass Driving competition, full of Helter Skelter twists and turns, across a number of different courses. Put your driving abilities to the test!

Diggamen Dyno Cell

Measure the true grunt of your vehicle at the Diggamen Dyno Cell. Whether you talk in kilowatts or horsepower, all Entrants are encouraged to tie down on the dynometer and battle it out for bragging rights!

Lasseters Motorkhana

The Lasseters Motorkhana is a driving event all about accuracy and skill. Competitors will only have seconds to manoeuvre their way, sliding and spinning, through one very tight, short course without incurring any penalties. Vehicle speeds will be low and driven in first or second gear but the tightness of the course will ensure the driver will be kept very busy.

Purpose built Burnout and Drag cars are not permitted to participate in the Motorkhana.

Sun969 Rock N Rumble Concert

Get ready to rock at the Red CentreNATS concert on Friday 1 September.

The Red CentreNATS stage at Blatherskite Park will be rockin' with an all-star iconic Aussie rocker, that you don't want to miss!

Details announced closer to the event date.

Podium Party

Make the party last!

Top off your Father’s Day weekend at the Podium Party – hear about all of the great stories from the event, the big characters, find out who won the well-deserved trophies and enjoy the entertainment on offer!

Tickets are available in tables of 10 or for individual purchase and include a great offering of food and beverages. More details coming soon.

Road to Grand Champion

The Red CentreNATS Grand Champion is the ultimate prize! Similar to the Summernats Grand Champion, the Red CentreNATS Champion will be awarded to the car that can impress in looks, engineering, style and driveability.

The Red CentreNATS Champion will be the Entrant who gathers the most overall points from competing in five separate events. Entrants can choose which pathway they participate in for the Grand Champion title.

Pathways for the 2018 Grand Champion will be announced closer to the event date.

Family Fun Night

Bring the kids down to Lasseters Centre of Entertainment on Wednesday for the Red CentreNATS Family Fun Night! There will be plenty of entertainment including a jumping castle, rides and a cinema screening especially for the kids.

Entry is free.

Details announced closer to the event date.

4WD Track

We had a blast on the brand new 4WD track last year so we’re bringing it back again! Check out how your gear stacks up as you go off-roading over obstacles, log hops and barriers – it’s a test of skill for driver and vehicle!