Summernats has announced that Australia’s best modified cars will return to Canberra with an all-new event on 5-7 March 2021 known as Rare Spares Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll. The event, which will include the Burnout Masters Grand Final, cruising, show and shine, and a retail expo, will be held in the top half of Exhibition Park.
Authorities approved Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll after organisers presented a “COVID-safe” format for the event.
“The Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll festival is one of the first major events designed to fit the current COVID-19 guidelines in Canberra,” said 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 shows that genuine innovation and a proactive partnership will help get events back in business.
“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,” added Lopez.
ACT 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,” said Barr.
Kel Watt, spokesperson for Braddon’s United Retailers & Traders (BURT), said local business was 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 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.”
The full Summernats festival will return to Canberra in 2022.