Red CentreNATS Record Breaker

Courtesy of Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs

AFTER a record-breaking turnout in only its second year, the Red CentreNATS has cemented itself as a key event on both the Centralian and car culture calendars. When the smoke cleared on Sunday night more than 14,000 spectators had taken in the automotive action, with 723 vehicles entered into the event. Northern Territory Major Event Company general manager Andrew Hopper was clearly chuffed with 2016’s bumper turnout. “What an amazing three days,” Mr Hopper said. “The increase in both entrants and spectators has genuinely exceeded all of our expectations. If there was any doubt that Red CentreNATS would be supported, those thoughts can well and truly be discarded now.” The grand champion trophy was ultimately awarded to Gregg Foss and his 1965 Ford Fairmont while the 2016 Burnout Master was declared as Darren Williams in his 1991 Ford XF Ute. The People’s Choice Award went to all-round good bloke Malcolm Apps and his stunning 1959 Holden FC named Intrepid C. “I’d like to thank each and every one of the 723 entrants, many of which have travelled significant distances to be here,” Mr Hopper said. “Last year we were thrilled to have 456 vehicles; to have increased that number by almost 300 is just fantastic. “To the Alice Springs community, a big thanks for all your support and the thousands of spectators that travelled, spent their hard-earned money in Alice Springs and enjoyed all the Red CentreNATS had to offer, I’d also like to applaud you for what you have helped us achieve.” Event judges were quick to praise the quality of show cars and competing cars at this year’s CentreNATS. The general sentiment was that the standard was on-par at least with the major car shows across the country. Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez said the event was “legitimately inside the top five car shows in Australia now”. The Red CentreNATS has five years to run on its current contract and the organisers say they are already planning even bigger and better things for 2017.