What is the Summernats

The annual Street Machine Summernats Car Festival, proudly supported by Rare Spares, is Australia’s biggest horsepower party.

Created by renowned revhead Chic Henry in 1988, the Summernats has taken on a life of its own and become a genuine Aussie icon.

This year, more than 2500 of Australia's toughest modified cars descended on Exhibition Park in Canberra. Coming from around the country and the world, this diverse tribe gathers to show off their love of the street machine to an enthusiastic crowd of over 100,000 people.

The Summernats delivers four days of high octane extreme auto action including Australia’s top street machine judging competition, the world’s biggest and best burnout battle, two nights of massive concerts, horsepower heroics, and more.

It’s all set against a backdrop of burnt rubber, rock and roll, and one of Australia’s biggest motor retail trade shows, as we search for the Street Machine Summernats Grand Champion.

So much more than a motor show, the Street Machine Summernats is a celebration of the street machine lifestyle and the people who live it.

Whether you know nothing about cars, or you can talk about them from the moment you wake up till the moment you got to sleep, the Summernats is Australia’s best place to party in January.