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Summernats returns to Canberra in 2021 with Rare Spares Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival

Summernats is excited to announce that Australia’s favourite horsepower party is returning to Canberra’s Exhibition Park in a new COVID safe format, on March 5 to 7, 2021.

The sweet sounds of revving engines, and the gleam of custom paint, will return to their traditional home on the Canberra Day long weekend, with an all-new event that will bring the horsepower party back to the national capital.

Car entries will open for the festival on Tuesday December 1.

In more great news, Summernats is proud to announce that Rare Spares, supporting partner of the Street Machine Summernats for 32 years, is the naming rights sponsor of the inaugural Rare Spares Rev Rock n Roll festival.

Organisers presented a COVID Safe Plan to representatives from the Chief Health Officer, ACT Health, Venues, ACT Police, and ACCESS Canberra last week, and all parties were delighted with the detail of planning. Organisers were advised there would be no barriers to approval given the current health advice.

“The Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll festival is one of the first major events designed to fit the current COVID-19 guidelines in Canberra,” explained Summernats co-owner Andy 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 shows that genuine innovation and a proactive partnership will help get events back in business.”

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said “Summernats is an important event on the Canberra calendar. It is great that event organisers have been working in partnership with the ACT Government to evolve the event and operate in a COVID-Safe way. The revised format for 2021 is a positive outcome for our local tourism industry, and we look forward to welcoming back Summernats in 2022.”

The event will take place as Canberra events hope to come out of hibernation with the spectacular three-week Enlighten Festival, which includes Symphony in the Park, the Balloon Spectacular and Skyfire.

March 2021 is shaping to be a much needed busy period for Canberra’s accommodation, hospitality and attraction industry. Kel Watt, spokesperson for Braddon’s United Retailers & Traders (BURT), said local business was vey excited about the new event.

“BURT fully supports the plan to develop an event in March that will deliver a boost for local business and add to the Braddon’s reputation as a great place to live and recreate. BURT will work with Summernats, residents and the Government to make it a success in 2021 so it becomes a ‘must attend’ each year.”

“We’re really grateful to our fans, participants and existing corporate partners for continuing their support through this difficult period, and we couldn’t be happier to be extending our relationship with Rare Spares who has been a Summernats sponsor for more than 30 years,” Mr. Lopez added.

Rare Spares Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll will include the Burnout Masters Grand Final, cruising, show and shine, 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 full Summernats festival will return to Canberra in 2022. 

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