Car fans head to Alice Springs for return of Red CentreNATS

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Alice Springs is set to welcome car fans from across Australia for the return of Red CentreNATS.

Taking place from September 1-3, this unique event is the only place in Australia where car fans can legally drive their highly modified vehicles on certain routes during the event, thanks to a special permit system.

The program also features burnouts, drag racing, a 4WD Course, grass driving and the Yeperenye Street Parade which sees hot rods, burnout cars, vintage and elite vehicles cruise through town as people line the streets.

New this year and kicking off the action on August 31 is the Fringe Festival, where permitted vehicles can cruise into town and park up around the Alice Springs Town Council Lawns for an informal show ‘n’ shine.

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Also new is the Motorvation Supercruise, which allows entrants of any level to send it down the dragstrip and try their skills on the burnout pad in front of a packed crowd.

“This is a truly unique event in an absolutely iconic location,” said Northern Territory Major Events Company CEO Suzana Bishop.

“As well as providing a long weekend of entertainment around Father’s Day, and the perfect excuse for an Aussie road trip, Red CentreNATS provides a massive economic boost for local businesses.

“Last year’s event generated a total expenditure stimulus of $6.9 million, of which an incredible 90 per cent was new money, largely thanks to the huge number of people who travel from interstate to attend. Many of them return year after year.”

Summernats director Andy Lopez said the event continues to evolve.

“There are some great additions to the program that we know entrants and spectators will get a huge kick out of as we build towards the next huge milestone for the event next year, when Red CentreNATS turns 10,” he said.

“And this event remains the only place where modified car enthusiasts can use their cars the way they’ve always wanted to.”