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6 January 2020

Summernats 33 may have been hotter and smokier than ever, but it was still a pretty sweet event. Plus mega galleries!

By Malcolm FlynnMalcolm Flynn

Summernats 33 was quite literally the hottest ever, with Saturday’s peak temp of 44 setting an all-time record for the ACT.

Throw in the radiant heat of more than 2000 even hotter cars and shocking air quality from the ongoing bushfire crisis, and the burnout smoke wafting over from the pad and Skid Row was the least of your worries.

But it was no match for the tenacity of more than 100,000 of the Summernats faithful and the clearly amazing abilities of modern cooling systems. This was my 28th visit to Canberra’s biggest event, and number 33 was up with the best of them!

Team OverSteer was on the ground on Friday and Saturday, and while the burnout cars hog the bulk of social media exposure these days, there’s so much else to see.

Last year’s factory-looking and often bog stock trend continued, with everything from a Toyota Tiara wagon, to a Suzuki Sierra Stockman, to a TX Gemini, a handful of XE Falcon S-Packs and even an X-Pak! Summernats is really evolving to more of an 'anything goes' show, and I'm all for it.

The biggest surprise for me was the sheer volume of repowered KE30-55 Corollas that have suddenly popped up, given how traditionally unloved they are and pretty scarce these days.

The Summernats 33 Grand Champion top gong was taken out by Todd Sorensen with his epic ‘67 Impala Coupe that was revealed at Summernats 32. Check it out in our Top 60 gallery.

Here’s nearly 200 pics of my highlights for you to enjoy:

 

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Remember that time we entered Summernats?

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Project Zero Bucks Given - Part 3: Summernats or bust!

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