What’s On

We're changing it up!

You're gonna love the epic program we've put together, and we've made some big, awesome changes to the schedule. Check it out so you don't miss a thing!

We've planned RCN4 so you can follow the action from one venue to the next, and not miss out on anything. We're all about keeping the party together and having an epic weekend in the heart of Australia with thousands of our favourite petrolheads. Here's how it's all gonna happen.

Wednesday and Thursday


Catch the first glimpse of local vehicles competing and see what blown cars will hit the streets of Alice throughout the weekend. Scrutineering takes place at Lasseters and everyone is invited to come check it out. Attendance is free.

Friday Night Under Lights

There's a massive night of burnout action happening at Alice Springs Inland Dragway with Championships and Masters Qualifying under the stars! With some of the world's best burnout competitors heading to Alice Springs for RCN4, this is going to be huge!


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.

Saturday Morning

Drag racing kicks off at ASID with Grudge and Pro-Street classes tearing up the quarter mile in style. Everyone's invited to throw down a pass and we can't wait to see who this year's RCN Drag Racing Champion will be!

Complete Fencing 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!

Super Saturday at the Showground

For fans of automotive art, we'll have Elite and Street categories on display in The Shed and on the lawn at Blatherskite Park for the Shannons Show and Shine. Check out the grass driving events, the buggies racing around the jumps course, and the off-road contingent testing their skills on the 4WD course. Matt Mingay and the Hot Wheels team are back as well with an even bigger show. Want to see some serious horsepower? The Diggamen Dyno competition will be cranking out the kilowatts on the Mainline ProHub dyno too!

Shannons Show N Shine

For fans of automotive art, we'll have Elite and Street categories on display in The Shed and on the lawn at Blatherskite Park for the Shannons Show and 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!


Great Northern 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!

Matty Mingay

Matt Mingay and the Hot Wheels team are back as well with an even bigger show, featuring jumping trucks and dirt bikes.


Saturday: 10am and 1pm

Sunday: 9:30am and 12pm

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!

Yeperenye Shopping Centre Red CentreNATS Street Parade


Proud to be Australia’s largest Street Parade, the Red CentreNATS Street Parade will now take place on Saturday to allow more spectators to join the fun! 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!


Rock N Rumble

The Street Parade ends up back at the Showgrounds so you can cruise in with your mates, have a great feed, and then rock out to The Veronicas!

Sun969 Rock N Rumble Concert


The Veronicas will be rockin' the Blatherskite Park stage at Red CentreNATS 04 the Fathers Day weekend, 1st September 2018.

No need to buy a separate ticket to the concert, it’s included in your 3 Day Chrome Pass, from $50 or Saturday Day Pass, from $30. This is an event you don't want to miss!

Grand Final Sunday

Is this the best Father's Day in the entire universe? YES IT IS!

Drag racing finals kick off Sunday at ASID, and the straight line action is followed by tyre-smashing action in the Burnout Championships and Burnout Masters! There are three golden tickets up for grabs to the Summernats Burnout Masters Grand Final in January 2019, as well as serious prize money and bragging rights.

The action continues at Blatherskite Park with the finale of the Shannons Show and Shine, as well as more buggy racing action, 4WD and grass driving and the finals of the Diggamen Dyno Competition.

Don't miss the contenders attacking the course at the Thrifty Motorkhana aiming to score important final points to determine the winner of this year's Red CentreNATS Grand Champion award.

Complete Fencing Drag Racing Finals

Alice Springs Inland Dragway (ASID) is the place to be Sunday to see who will become the Red CentreNATS Drag Racing Champ!

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.

Podium Party


Top off your Father’s Day weekend at the Podium Party featuring Dr. Elephant! This year the party will be held on Sunday from the concert stage at Blatherskite Park and everyone is invited to share in the fun!  Hear great stories from the event, the big characters, find out who won the well-deserved trophies and enjoy the entertainment on offer.

No need to buy a separate ticket to join the party, this year it’s included in your Chrome pass or Sunday Day Pass.

There will be entertainment, food stalls and a cash bar. A VIP area with food and beverage packages are also available for purchase. Stay tuned for details closer to the event.

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.

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)!