Story Ross Churchill. Photography John Churchill.
For people that have never had the opportunity to witness Summernats, it can only be described as the "Woodstock" for the hardcore muscle car community. Being a 4 day event, with close to 90,000 fanatic spectators and over 1,500 entrants that travel from all over the country, with onsite camping facilities, live bands every night, show cars, cruising, burnouts, the list goes on and resembles much more than simply a cruise, drag meet or even car show. It's a street machine festival to say the least and as celebrity hot rod builder Charlie Hutton says, "There is nothing else like this anywhere in the world!"
Known to the community as Australia's biggest horsepower party, Summernats 25 was no exception with record entrant numbers and also matching the record attendance set 15 years ago at Summernats 10. The genuine Aussie icon has reached its Chrome Jubilee, a celebration of the automotive industry and what it represents is a testament to all involved.
As usual, the Meguiar's judging pavilion was filled with the Top 60 from the event. It was a tough job for the judging team with such a high level of amazing show cars. With the premier award up for grabs it was down to the driving events to announce the "Summernats 25 Grand Champion". The score board was extremely close and only came down to single points to proclaim a winner. Ben Sargent with is 1971 HQ Holden Monaro became part of Summernats history and was awarded the prestigious award.
Danny Makdessi's Valiant being part of the Meguiar's Great Uncover at Summernats 25.
Past FreeStyle Rides feature car "PSYCHO" won the impressive "Top Judged Elite".
Ben Sargent with is 1971 HQ Holden Monaro won this years Grand Champion.
Don Elphick with his "ON BOC" 1971 XY Ford Falcon was this years Liqui-Moly National Burnout Master.
Aaron Mackley and his "VANTSY" at the Liqui-Moly Burnout Pit
Gary Myers and his purple smoke
Steve Nogas with his "NUCKINFUTS" Gemini and the controversial burnout
Jodie's "CHOPPT" Aussie classic HQ Monaro was part of the Meguiar's Great Uncover at Summernats 25.
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