Red CentreNATS automotive extravaganza this weekend!

NT Government

All roads leading to Alice Springs have been heaving this week, with hundreds of car enthusiasts making the annual pilgrimage to the heart of the country for Red CentreNATS.

The iconic event features a massive program spanning three venues; Alice Springs Inland Dragway (ASID), Blatherskite Park and Lasseters Centre of Entertainment. The whole town is gearing up for the event, and Lasseters kicks things off tonight with a Carnival Funfair, followed by scrutineering tomorrow. Then everyone is in for three days of motorsport action.

Commonly referred to as Australia’s Ultimate Festival of Wheels, Red CentreNATS continues to draw huge crowds each year, and is the only event in Australia where entrants can legally drive highly modified, unregistered vehicles on the open road thanks to a special temporary permit and regulations.

Event organisers have raised the bar in 2022 with an even bigger program boasting everything from the Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship and Top Doorslammer Australia to Burnout Masters, Yeperenye Street Parade, Great Northern 4WD course, show cars, Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine, grass driving, Lasseters Motorkhana and much, much more.

New at Red CentreNATS this year will be an official round of Mulletfest, a Pub Choir sing-a-long, exciting motorcycle and bike stunts as part of the Eljay Freestyle Entertainment Show and the Red CentreNATS wedding!

The event wraps up on Sunday night with a Podium Party at Lasseters Centre of Entertainment featuring AC/DC tribute band High Voltage.

To buy a weekend pass for $60, visit [].

Note: Thursday ASID programming has been rescheduled to Friday due to a forecast of rain.

Quotes from NT Major Events CEO Tim Watsford:

“Alice Springs is gearing up for a huge weekend with thousands of visitors descending on Central Australia for the much-anticipated Red CentreNATS.

“Red CentreNATS is a must-do on the Territory’s events calendar. It’s no surprise that entrants and spectators keep coming back each year for an unforgettable automotive weekend paired with the region’s incredible tourism experiences.

“Red CentreNATS plays an important role in strengthening Central Australia’s economy by boosting visitor numbers, backing local businesses and showcasing all that Alice Springs has to offer.”

Quotes from Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez:

“We’re stoked to be back in Alice with thousands of motorheads for this year’s Red CentreNATS. It has to be the most unique motoring festival in Australia.

“Elite show cars, Burnout Masters, Top Fuel drag racing, a massive street parade, and best of all, crazy modified cars safely cruising the streets of Alice. There is nothing else like this show in the world.”

Quotes from Red CentreNATS Wedding Winner Bonnie Sykes:

“It’s been an unforgettable week travelling all the way from Canberra to Alice Springs for Red CentreNATS. We made a few stops along the way to make the most of our exciting road trip adventure!

“Joel and I are thrilled to be in the Red Centre to most importantly get hitched, but also to be able to cruise the streets of Alice and participate in as many scheduled events as we can while we are here.

“We are so excited to see everyone at Red CentreNATS and finally tie the knot!”

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