Q&A: ANDY LOPEZ SUMMERNATS CO-OWNER

Whatís new for this year?

ITíS TIME to crank up the horsepower again.

Welcome to your Summernats 29 survival guide.

We had a quick chat to Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez about whatís planned this year.

Whatís new for this year?

Well, the burnout pad cruise session is back on Thursday and Friday. Thatíll give non-burnout entrants a chance to stretch their legs on the Summernats burnout pad; but itís not for big burnouts. We donít want guys who havenít passed inspection for burnout competition going too hard.

Safety first, thatís fair enough. We hear there are more cars for the Summernats City Cruise this year?

Thatís right. Weíve got 300 cars in the city cruise this time and the ACT Government is really getting behind it this year. Weíre going to see some wilder blown cars this year and theyíve upped the noise limit to 100dB. The local government can really see the value in supporting Summernats; a recent report by Repucom says that Summernats brings around $21 million to the local economy.

It looks like youíve got some great music acts again, too.

Yeah, weíve got You Am I and Night Train on Thursday, the beautiful DJ Brooke Evers and ARIA-award-winning hip hop star Seth Sentry on Friday, then Black Summer and the Hoodoo Gurus on Saturday. For those not familiar with Black Summer, heís a very talented 12-year-old local DJ who will also be doing the choreography on the Saturday night fireworks show, and his dad is a Summernats entrant!

Itís great to see some awesome Aussie acts playing, but what about the cars?

Well, Summernats is all about the cars. Weíve already got 1650 entrants and thereís still four weeks to go at this point. Weíve got the biggest Burnout Masters field ever, plus the Last Chance Shootout show has some of the toughest entrants in the country, and weíll be lifting the cover off around 10 beautiful rides on Friday night during The Great Meguiarís Uncover. Weíve actually moved the Great Uncover forward an hour this year so people can see both the unveiling and the bands.

We also hear thereís also going to be more ATMs this year?

Thatís right, thereís going to be 10 ATMs on the grounds so people will have no problems getting hold of cash to do their Summernats shopping.