The Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) has secured an agreement with event partner Summernats to keep the Red CentreNATS in Alice Springs for another four years.
Red CentreNATS draws thousands of entrants and spectators each year and is the only place in the country where entrants can legally drive their highly modified unregistered vehicles on the streets, thanks to a temporary permit system.
NTMEC CEO Tim Watsford said securing the event for another four years provides certainty to the thousands of Red CentreNATS fans who head to Alice Springs each year.
“This is a unique event in a unique location that draws a dedicated crowd year upon year,” he said.
“Even during a Covid-affected 2020 we had 750 entrants showing off their pride and joy, and more than 10,200 attendances across the weekend. In great news for the local economy, almost 40 per cent of attendees came from interstate.”
This year’s event began today and concludes with a Podium Party on Sunday.
Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez said the event sees Alice Springs buzzing with activity across three venues.
“Everyone’s working to have their rides ready to cruise, race, show, burnout or just hang out,” he said.
“The sight of burnout beasts and drag cars rumbling on the roads is incredible. The love entrants and spectators have for RCN shines through in how far so many of them travel to be part of it. We’ve seen seven incredible Red CentreNATS events in Alice and now we’ve got four more years.”