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Family friendly, but bus keeps business booming back at Fyshwick

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Stephanie Anderson

PRETTY IN PINK: Dancers Crystal, Lucy, Mercedes and Tatianna with the bus that will be available to ferry Summernats visitors to the Capital Men's Club.

PRETTY IN PINK: Dancers Crystal, Lucy, Mercedes and Tatianna with the bus that will be available to ferry Summernats visitors to the Capital Men's Club. Photo: Graham Tidy

Lots of boys, burnt rubber and alcohol are what Summernats debutante Crystal is expecting when she walks through the gates of Exhibition Park this weekend.

The Canberran, a towering blonde in white heels and denim cut-offs, is an entertainer at the Capital Men's Club, which expects a big boost in business during the four-day festival for revheads.

"It's going to be incredible," she said. "Thousands fly from interstate to come down to Canberra. It's the best time of the year.''

Crystal is one of a handful of employees who will drum up business for the Fyshwick strip club at the event, an action that flies in the face of organisers' increasingly family-focused attitude.

The 26-year-old festival scrapped its wet T-shirt competition and strip shows in 2010 and 2012, but continues to receive criticism over its Miss Summernats competition. The winner takes part in a photo shoot with men's magazine ZOO Weekly.

Moves to limit the number of scantily clad women on the event's site have not curbed business recorded in outlets such as the Capital club, its owner, Fulvio Gobeo, says.

Mr Gobeo said business was expected to double in coming days as its patrons would  be carted to and from the club between 6pm and 6am in a special pink party bus.

"Last year the crowd we had was excellent - no incidents, no trouble, no disruptions," he said. "Our girls are beautiful people and classy and people behave according to what they find."

While the women would hand out flyers, there would be no entertainment provided at the festival site, Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez said.

"Inside the gates, we run the program we want to run," he said. "If people want to go and do that sort of thing, that's their call."

Mr Lopez said events such as the wet T-shirt competition and the strip shows had been cancelled in favour of other attractions.

"We made the decision that adult entertainment should be things like concerts," he said. "That's what we see as add-on value."

Up to 90,000 people are expected to head through the gates during the festival, which will feature a record-attempt mass burnout.

with Lisa Cox

60 comments

  • #SummerNats #ForeverTainted

    Commenter
    Yoda
    Date and time
    January 04, 2013, 8:53AM
    • Ugh is it that time again already?? Already hearing the hoons street racing late at night. Guess the police were sleeping. I hate Summernats.

      Commenter
      Adzz
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      January 04, 2013, 9:03AM
      • Bogans.

        Commenter
        Adzz
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        January 04, 2013, 9:06AM
        • Who are you calling a Bogan, is that meant for my 13 year old Boy....Get a grip and grow up Canberra is not that town it was 100 years ago.

          Commenter
          JerraGreen
          Date and time
          January 04, 2013, 9:22AM
        • Spot on Adzz...bogans one and all...

          True Canberra isn't the town it was 100 years ago...but it is the town it was in 1982...

          Commenter
          Alex
          Location
          Geelong
          Date and time
          January 04, 2013, 10:03AM
        • JerraGreen,

          You let your 13 year old boy hangout with hookers and strippers? Grow up and read what this story is about - strippers. Summernats is nothing but strippers and hookers, it is a cheap, tacky event.

          I find it very sad that the organisers don't have the capacity to organise an event for car fans without bringing strippers into the event. That means that without the hookers and strippers, Summernats would be fail.

          But it is amazing how the Canberra Times provides free advertising for Canberra's sleaze industry.

          Commenter
          Sharron
          Location
          Sadly Canberra
          Date and time
          January 04, 2013, 10:35AM
        • if the shoe fits - wear it.

          a bogan can be described as a meathead that does burnouts in a family car that bears a passing resemblance to a racecar on public roads, without having the guts, brains or money to do it at a track or in some sort of organised competition

          Commenter
          frank
          Date and time
          January 04, 2013, 11:09AM
        • Sharon, how do you know there are hookers at Summernats?

          Do you have some inside information????

          Commenter
          Muzza
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          January 04, 2013, 11:27AM
        • And lots of Big Feral Bogans at that.
          The headline 'family friendly' the oxymoron for the day.
          The pic didn't look very family friendly to me.

          Commenter
          Not for me
          Date and time
          January 04, 2013, 11:40AM
        • @JerraGreen

          "The name of Canberra was eventually settled upon. At midday on 12 March 1913, the city was officially given this name by Lady Denman, at a ceremony on Kurrajong Hill (now known as Capital Hill)"

          Perhaps it's for the bogans that don't even know how old "Canberra" is...

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Canberra

          Commenter
          TedF
          Location
          Port Melbourne
          Date and time
          January 04, 2013, 2:06PM

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