The Red CentreNATS 06 has seen one of its most successful turnouts in recent years with 750 cars and bikes forming part of the one-of-a-kind automotive festival.
Taking place in and around Alice Springs, enthusiasts from the Northern Territory, South Australia, West Australia, Queensland and Tasmania made their way to central Australia to be part of the event, which featured a variety of different motorsport activities and displays.
From the ever popular Yeperenye Shopping Centre Street Parade where local fans could get up close and personal with the hundreds of cars and bikes cruising down the street, to the large variety of competitions, which included the Burnout Masters, motorkhanas and Drag Racing, there was plenty of action all weekend.
More than $30,000 worth of prize money was handed out during the Burnout Masters and Heavy Hitters Drag Racing competitions with the most notable winner being Wal Gersekowski after he went back-to-back victories in the Red CentreNATS Burnout Masters Competition.
Other major highlights from the event saw a new and improved Great Northern 4WD Course where participants got multiple runs as part of Thrifty Grass Driving, while the Lasseters Centre of Entertainment hosted the successful Digital Scrutineering activity and a special motorkhana where an eclectic mix of vehicles were on show.
However it was Graham Miller who would end up being the star of the show as the Queenslander was crowned as Grand Champion of the sixth Red CentreNATS after producing the best performance and display of skills across the Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine, the Motorkhana, Drag Racing, Thrifty Grass Driving and the Street Parade.
Red CentreNATS 06 marketing coordinator Aria Ferguson was thrilled with the event and was grateful to all those who made it happen.
“The event would not have been possible without the outstanding effort from all the volunteer officials. Their dedication and contribution to the team is one of the things that makes Red CentreNATS so special,” Ferguson said.
“With COVID management in place and support from the Northern Territory Government, Red CentreNATS provided numerous venue control measures to keep the event as safe as possible.
“We were thrilled with how the new digital scrutineering also went with the whole scrutineering process shortened. Because of that, it was an amazing experience for staff, officials and spectators all of whom were watching at Lasseters Casino.
“There was also some awesome racing at Alice Springs Inland Dragway. From heavy hitter bikes to six second car, all doing colourful burnouts and shredding tyres. it was an outstanding performance of power and speed from all competitors.
“We can’t wait to have everyone back again.”
The next edition of the Red CentreNATS will take place on 3-5 September in 2020 with entries open from now.