Summernats 19

Presentation of Gand Champion Award

Just got back from Canberra and Summernats 19. A few very interesting things cropped up for my dissertation research. The main thing was the focus on Chic Henry and Summernats being only 19 years old.

“Wait!” I hear you exclaim.

“Didn’t Chic take over what was called the Street Machine Nationals in 1986-ish only to create a new event from its ashes in 1987?” You astutely question.

Yes, I do believe it was something like that.

“And were not the other car magazines incredibly suspicious of ‘Kerry Packer’ (ie ACP) taking over the event through primary sponsor Street Machine Magazine?”

Yes, I do believe they were.

Talking cars, becoming-together?

Other observations:

There was a crash last night.

During the presentation ceremony of some of the main trophies, Geoff Seddon (current editor of Street Machine) said, “For as long as the Summernats exists, Street Machine Magazine will be proud to sponsor it.”

The bumper stick I bought for $3 says “Not Just a Car Show, A Way of Life.”

Gary Myers' Street Machine of the Year

The the singularity of Street Maching and the ‘stream of singularities’ that define Summernats are: “Boobs, Blowers, and Burnouts.” What is a singularity in this context? Anything that will turn heads. (Or put differently: 1) a heteronormative ‘Aussie’-cum-‘Bogan’ masculinity and resultant ‘pack mentality’ objectification of women, 2) the symbolic excess of efficiency technologically embodied in modified vehicles and performatively displayed hrough ritualised practices of automobility, 3) and the related collegiality of enthused spectatorship enthralled while others display their ability to build a modified vehicle and drive it demonstrating the vehicle’s ‘excess’.)

I did, they boo'ed me

I should have been more Sun Smart ‘slip-slop-slapping’.

The Armygeddon revhead woo’er propoganda machine for the Australian Army broke on the burnout start line. Suck shit. It was talked up so much by the announcer. Everyone had a good laugh and I don’t think any youth fellows were impressed enough…

Is there much difference between Summernats and other Australian revhead festivals?

Difficult question. On the surface of things, not much, but there are two main differences. The first is mostly in scale. Narrogin Revheads is a good example of something that has almost the exact same offering only at half or a quarter the scale. The second is the way the event of Summernats is not just contained to 4 days in January, but contniues on and is differentially repeated at various social levels organising Street Machine culture and correlative enthusiasms. A good example of this is the way Street Machine magazine gets at least 2 or 3 issues and most feature cars from the event.

Dirty. dirty, dirty... This is a Dagwood Dog and Street Machine Magazine will almost certainly have a photo of some girl or, as it has been recently, some guy, with this about to go into their mouth cock-sucking porno-style.

Here are the rest of my photos. A mix of relatively high quality (digital camera) and low quality (mob-phone snaps). [Still updating]

4 replies on “Summernats 19”

  1. hi josh, what sort of project are you doing? part of my phd research investigates the origins of the Summernats. of course, i argue that it isn’t as simple as a single date, but they have been held every new year’s period and this year’s (2006) was number 19. To properly understand why it is not as simple as a single date it is necessary to go back and have a look at what was happening at the time, throughout the 1980s.

  2. Hey, Im doing a Society and Culture gender comparison and would like to thank-you for the lovely ‘Show us your tits’ photo. And would like to request to feature it in my project. Also are ‘The Rocks’ a street racing culture or not and can you give me any iformation on it like what nights they meet etc. im comparing it to my local car culture.

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