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THE plans for Red CentreNATS 2016 are well underway. The event is running on the Fathers’ Day long weekend of 2-4 September in Alice Springs, and it is going to be massive. The structure of the event will stay broadly similar to last year’s debut show, but with a few tweaks to tighten things up.

One of the signature features of Red CentreNATS is the temporary permits available for wild cars to cruise the streets, and this has been expanded for 2016. “Last year the NT Minister for Transport asked me what the government could do to make Red CentreNATS bigger and better next year,” Summernats’s Andy Lopez says. “I mentioned to him that some of the really wild burnout cars, like Kynan Hall’s DVLXC, just couldn’t meet the 100dB limit for the street cruising, and how good it would be to get them involved.

The minister told me he would find a solution, and that is what they’ve done.”

The new deal means there will be a window of a couple of hours each day for cars that put out noise levels of up to 115dB to cruise. Not only that, but the temporary permits will be extended to include the Monday immediately after the event.

That is a great result, and if you are keen for a road trip to Red CentreNATS, please drop us a line and let us know what you are planning: streetmachine@bauer-media.com.au.