The first-ever Street Machine Summernats Fringe Festival rocked Braddon on the Friday and Saturday nights of the ’Nats, with hundreds of Australia’s toughest street cars coming out to play in a chilled-out environment.

Lonsdale Street and the surrounding block was closed to public traffic, creating a precinct filled with restaurants, food trucks, pubs and bars, plus DJs and live music well into the night. Pedestrian entry was free, allowing onlookers of all ages to enjoy the quality metal up close.

street machine summernats 34 fringe festival

Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez said the Fringe Festival was created to harness Braddon’s existing nightlife energy in a safe and controlled way. “Braddon’s had a long relationship with Summernats; cars have gone down there for years and years to cruise around,” he said.

“Over the past few years it was getting more attention from the police – they weren’t necessarily against cars driving around, but there was no management over the top.”

street machine summernats 34 fringe festival

In response, Andy and his team came up with the Fringe Festival concept. While discussions began prior to the 2021’s postponed ’Nats, the final go-ahead was only given in October that year, following consultation with local residents and business groups. “We only announced it three weeks before the event, but the entrants embraced it and had a great time,” Andy said.

street machine summernats 34 fringe festival

Friday night was a damp affair in Braddon, but many punters braved the wet for a cruise around the precinct. Saturday proved bigger again, the rain gods holding off to create cruise-friendly weather. “Saturday night went off,” Andy enthused. “With cars cruising, the DJ in the roundabout, people parked up everywhere and the bars and restaurants filled, it was exactly as it was meant to be!”

Even the city’s popular (and somewhat chaotic) E-scooters were managed effectively around festival. “They’ve got a bit of bloody stick on them,” Andy laughed. “We ended up getting them geoblocked, because the last thing we want is somebody bashing into a beautiful car!”

street machine summernats 34 fringe festival

Andy said the Fringe Festival is sure to return in the future, with even more to see and do around Braddon. He also believes its success could mean more events held outside of EPIC during the Summernats weekend. “It’s a model for things to come,” he said. “We’d love to see other activities happening in different parts of Canberra so we can stretch that economic and community benefit wider into town.”

1. Steven Bellman’s VR faithfully replicates the iconic Perkins Racing Bathurst 1995 winner. “I first planned to do a big-banger VK build, but there’s lots of those around and this car was the first Holden I saw win at Bathurst,” Steve said. A Holden 5.0L, five-speed ’box and 9in diff make up the driveline. “I never thought I’d take a later-model car to Summernats, but a lot of people loved it!”

street machine summernats 34 fringe festival

2. The Fringe Festival was a great opportunity to see proper toughies out in the wild, like Dean Beattie’s utter showpiece of a VL Calais. Powered by a staunch blown Holden V8 combo and detailed to within an inch of its life, the car has won plenty of Tuff Street tinware in the past.

street machine summernats 34 fringe festival

3. Canberra local Aaron McInnes debuted his 650hp, 408 Clevo-powered XY Falcon at Summernats 33, after a four-year build. Since then, he’s done about 3500km in the car, which features rack-and-pinion steering, Wilwood brakes and big 20in Simmons rims. This year he hit the streets for both the City Cruise and Fringe Festival.

street machine summernats 34 fringe festival

4. American car nut Jake McMullen recently got his mean black-on-black ’71 Challenger back on the road, now running a Jeep-sourced 6.4 Hemi donk. It’s backed by a beefy 727 auto and 8¾in diff. “I drove the car from Bellambi with the air con and Bluetooth on, went through six sets of tyres, and drove it home again” Jake enthused.

street machine summernats 34 fringe festival

5. Matthew Mayberry’s ultra-smooth 1960 DeVille was an unmissable presence on Lonsdale Street. The luxo-barge packs a 400 Chev, with Level Ride ’bags and 20in Intro billets underneath. A Top 40 place and Top Custom in Street Elite were icing on the cake for Matthew, who loved the Fringe Festival. “It really took you back to the old days, just hanging out with mates and enjoying everyone’s pride-and-joys,” he said

street machine summernats 34 fringe festival

TECH NEWS RELATED

Great Wall Motor withdraws interest in Spain's Nissan plant -unions

The logo of Nissan is seen through a fence at Nissan factory at Zona Franca during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Albert Gea BARCELONA, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motor (601633.SS)has withdrawn its interest in taking over Nissan's (7201.T) main ...

View more: Great Wall Motor withdraws interest in Spain's Nissan plant -unions

Let Waze offer a little seasonal levity to your drive

Article content My way is Waze . I resisted the popular navigation app at first. Then, after downloading it, I used it mainly for longer road trips. I figured I usually knew where I was going, so why add a layer of prep time by inputting addresses I already knew? ...

View more: Let Waze offer a little seasonal levity to your drive

$1,700 BMW X5 E70 non-runner listed on Copart without key actually had it, runs and drives

It was only yesterday when we talked about Randy from Auto Auction Rebuilds buying a $900 BMW Z3 roadster hiding a Dinan upgrade and now he’s back with another Bimmer with a secret of its own. This second-generation X5 also runs and drives, but it was originally listed on Copart ...

View more: $1,700 BMW X5 E70 non-runner listed on Copart without key actually had it, runs and drives

Ford to triple Mustang Mach-E production capacities

Ford has announced a significant increase in production for its all-electric Mustang Mach-E. By 2023, Ford wants to achieve an annual output of more than 200,000 units of the electric car. That would be three times as many as were produced in 2021. Ford CEO Jim Farley announced on ...

View more: Ford to triple Mustang Mach-E production capacities

Miele to operate first Vivaro-e hydrogen-electric van

Miele, the manufacturer of domestic appliances, will be using a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle van in the Rhine-Main region of Germany. Miele will be using a Vivaro-e Hydrogen, from Vauxhall’s sister brand Opel, which has a range of more than 249 miles (WLTP). Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Opel CEO, and Marcus ...

View more: Miele to operate first Vivaro-e hydrogen-electric van

Bentley Flying Spur long-term test review: perfect harmony

► CAR lives with a Bentley Flying Spur► Ben Pulman’s your guide to luxury life► It’s a hard life, but someone’s got to do it North Wales used to seem so close when I lived near CAR’s Peterborough HQ – and, crucially, was young. Take a 911 GT3 to ...

View more: Bentley Flying Spur long-term test review: perfect harmony

The latest Lego Technic set is this mega BMW M Division bike

Bikes BMW’s hardcore M 1000 RR gets the Lego Technic treatment Lego’s plan to turn every single car and bike ever made into a ridiculously detailed DIY scale model continues apace. Personally, we can’t wait for the Lego Technic x Kia Picanto collaboration. Before that, though, there’s a 1:5 scale ...

View more: The latest Lego Technic set is this mega BMW M Division bike

Volvo Becomes Victim Of Cyber Attack, Confirms R&D Data Has Been Stolen

How will this affect Volvo’s operations? As we live in an ever-digitalized world, cybercrimes will continue to grow. Even large companies with supposedly strong cybersecurity can be a victim of this growing problem. Volvo is the latest automaker to suffer from a cyberattack, and it recently released a press statement ...

View more: Volvo Becomes Victim Of Cyber Attack, Confirms R&D Data Has Been Stolen

"This is the chance I needed to begin my motor sport career"

Pitbull Partners Up with Karma Automotive for a Good Cause with 2022 Karma GS-6 "305"

Mercedes-Benz meets requirements for Level 3 automated driving system

Lancia to Mirror Mercedes Strategy for Long-term Success Within Stellantis

Electric Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator twins reportedly start production in late 2024

Previous-Gen Hyundai Tucson Crash-Tested With Disappointing Results, Scoring ZERO Stars

Is GM considering 3rd Ultium battery cell factory in the US?

Toyota Cuts More Vehicle Production In Japan Due To Ongoing Parts Shortage

TEASED: First Look At Final Aston Martin Vantage V12

This V8-Swapped BMW 1M Coupe Is Enough To Put a Wicked Grin on Jeremy Clarkson's Face

Streaming boom pushes big budget production spending in UK to record £6bn

Supercharged Harley-Davidson V-Rod “Blue Wheels” Looks Like Straight Out of Terminator

OTHER TECH NEWS

;