Date: January 01 2013
THE organiser of the revamped family-friendly Summernats festival in Canberra has a message to fans upset about the cancellation of the traditional Saturday night strip show: ''That's how we roll.''
Co-owner Andy Lopez added: ''For those people who it is a bit of an issue for, they can go and avail themselves at Canberra's facilities outside of the grounds.''
Mr Lopez has made the once-infamous street car event more family-friendly since taking over in mid-2009. He scrapped the wet T-shirt competition in 2010, and this year has axed the annual Saturday night strip show from the four-day entertainment schedule.
The event came close to folding following bad crowd behaviour in 2008 after many patrons were kicked out and a 300-strong mob marched around the venue in retaliation, yelling: ''Show us your tits!''
But with the addition of better live music and group goals such as breaking the 2013 Guinness world record for the most number of cars involved in a simultaneous burnout, Mr Lopez and his fellow co-owners are turning the event around.
''People come to Summernats because they love cars and they love getting together, looking at cars … and getting new ideas of what they are going to do over the next 12 months,'' he said. ''Then they like sitting around, chilling out, listening to good music, watching the fireworks and hanging out with their friends.''
Summernats begins on Thursday.
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