An Epic Saturday at Red CentreNATS: From Show’n Shine to Lightning Fast Drags

The weekend at Red CentreNATS was unfolding to be nothing short of a rollercoaster ride of thrilling experiences. After a Friday brimming with rubber-burning excitement, Saturday ushered in a gentler pace, yet equally captivating in its offerings.


The day began under the comforting embrace of the sun, indulging in the visually stimulating Show’n Shine event. Families gathered at the showground, basking in the vibrant atmosphere sprinkled with 4×4 tracks and delightful entertainments tailored for all ages. Yet, this calm morning was just the precursor to the exhilaration that lay ahead.

Red CentreNATS 2023 held at the Alice Springs showgraounds on the Saturday of the event
Red CentreNATS 2023 held at the Alice Springs showgraounds on the Saturday of the event

As the day progressed, the atmosphere revved up quite literally with the initiation of the massive supercruise, a grand parade that weaved its path from the showground, meandering through the picturesque gap, gracing Gap road, and thronging the heart of Alice Springs. Then, like a rhythmic dance, it would gracefully turn around and tread back along the same vibrant path.

The supercruise was a spectacle grander than anything I had envisioned. Each passing car demanded a crouch, turning my photography session into an impromptu leg workout that would have easily depleted rolls of film had I been using an old film camera. For about 45 minutes, it seemed like a ceaseless stream of around 700 vibrant entities – cars, bikes, 4x4s and even an occasional truck – flaunted past me. Witnessing these mechanical marvels, which I had admired earlier at the Show’n Shine, now in motion was indeed a feast for the eyes. The sight of them not just stationary but being driven with gusto, was a testament to the living art and engineering prowess encapsulated in each of them.

As the golden hues of the evening set in, the grandeur of the supercruise drew to a close, paving the way for a night of adrenaline-infused experiences at the Alice Springs Inland Dragway. Here, an array of ultra-fast drag cars, bikes, and the whimsically named ‘funny cars’ were gearing up to dominate the scene.

I have to confess, my first experience photographing a drag race was something of a baptism by fire. The sheer velocity of the cars launching off the blocks caught me by surprise, leaving me awestruck and muttering, “Holy cow, that was fast!” A swift adjustment to my camera settings was in order, and as the night progressed, I found myself adapting to the rapid pace of the races, capturing the fierce and blazing spirit of the sport through my lens.

Red CentreNATS 2023 held at the Alice Springs INland Dragway on the Saturday of the event

By the time darkness fully enveloped the surroundings, I felt a camaraderie with my camera, as we worked in harmony to encapsulate the electrifying moments that unfolded before us, resulting in some truly breathtaking images that embodied the raw energy and thrill that is the essence of Red CentreNATS.

Stay tuned as I navigate through more high-octane adventures at this incredible festival!

A Night at ASID: Burnouts Like Never Before

Armed with my freshly-acquired media pass, I ventured into the world of Red CentreNATS with anticipation. The safety briefing was crisp and clear: “Don’t get run over, steer clear from foolhardy endeavors, and certainly don’t nudge others towards them!” Sounds pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?

My first stop was the renowned Alice Springs Inland Dragway, affectionately dubbed ‘ASID’ by the locals. The agenda for the night? Burnouts, then some more burnouts, and, you guessed it, even more burnouts!

Red CentreNATS 2023 Burnouts held at the Alice Springs Inland Dragway on the Friday night of the event

For someone new to the burnout competition scene, it was an overwhelming sensory experience. The sheer volume of the engines roared in my ears, punctuating the night with their powerful revs. The dense smoke clouds that each car conjured created an almost surreal, foggy atmosphere, making visibility a playful game.

Red CentreNATS 2023 Burnouts held at the Alice Springs Inland Dragway on the Friday night of the event

But it wasn’t just the sound and sight; the event engaged all senses. The smell of burnt rubber permeated the air, and if you were close enough, tiny fragments of tires and bits of metal, stripped from the overworked wheels, could be felt. As the tires of these monstrous machines succumbed to the torture, giving way to bare rims, the burnout pad transformed into an electrifying stage of sparks and flames. The metallic rims scraping against the ground was reminiscent of a fireworks display – unexpected and mesmerizing.

A spectacular shot capturing a car in action, displaying a fascinating dance of sparks and flames, encapsulating the raw energy of ASID.
A spectacular shot capturing a car in action, displaying a fascinating dance of sparks and flames, encapsulating the raw energy of ASID.

To say it was an exhilarating night would be an understatement. It was loud, it was dirty, and it was an adrenaline-packed spectacle that I won’t forget anytime soon.

To view or purchase all of the images have a look at my online gallery found here.

Revving Up for Red CentreNATS 2023 in Alice Springs

From the 1st to 3rd of September, I’m thrilled to be photographing the iconic Red CentreNATS. Kicking off this automotive spectacle, I had the unique chance to witness the inaugural Red CentreNATS Fringe Festival last night. Car paraded their vehicles right in the heart of the town, from the bustling streets to the vibrant Todd Mall. Not only was it a visual treat for the attendees but it also provided me with a perfect moment to refine my car photography chops. Today, the real action unfolds as I snag my media pass and dive into the adrenaline-fueled world of RCN.

What’s New in Red CentreNATS 2023?

Branded as the ‘Ultimate Festival of Wheels,’ Red CentreNATS is Australia’s standout automotive festival. Thousands will gather in Alice Springs for unmatched auto-action spread across the Alice Springs Inland Dragway, Blatherskite Park, and Lasseters Centre of Entertainment.


The Fringe Festival was but a teaser. On Thursday, August 31, from 6pm-9pm, the Alice Springs CBD was transformed into a car lover’s paradise with the Red CentreNATS Fringe Festival. With food, music, and a pop-up cinema, the atmosphere was electric.


A fresh addition this year is the Motorvation Super Cruise. It’s an open invitation for all entrants to flaunt their cars, smoke their tyres, and power-skid through the Alice Springs Inland Dragway, culminating in a grand burnout pad showdown on Sunday.

But let’s not forget the RCN classics! From marvelling at the majestic rides in the Elite Shed, witnessing roaring burnouts, to being part of the renowned Yeperenye Street Parade – there’s something for every motor enthusiast.


Organized by the Northern Territory Government in collaboration with Summernats, Red CentreNATS has consistently delivered heart-racing experiences. For those eager to join the action, tickets are available with a three-day Chrome pass priced at $75. All details can be found on their official website:

Red CentreNats – Official Photographer

Fast Cars, Super Hot Rods, Burnouts and machine muscle is the name of the game.

As part of the Red Centre SummerNats coming to Alice Springs I will be one of the official media crew and shooting for SummerNats so expect to seem some of my images in their up and coming magazine and on their website. 

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Rev those engines, Red CentreNATS (RCN) is back, and the program is packed with old favourites and new additions so motorsports enthusiasts can show off their wheels in even more ways. Thanks to the special permit system in place for RCN, they can also drive their highly modified, unregistered rides on the streets. RCN is the only place where this happens.

The Ultimate Festival of Wheels, which will take place from 1-3 September 2023 in Alice Springs, will see thousands descend on the town for Australia’s most unique automotive festival, with tyre-screeching, heart-thumping action across Alice Springs Inland Dragway, Blatherskite Park and Lasseters Centre of Entertainment.

There are plenty of new attractions for entrants and spectators alike. On Thursday, August 31, from 6pm-9pm, the Alice Springs CBD comes alive with the brand new Red CentreNATS Fringe Festival. Entrants on green and blue permits are free to drive their wheels into a special RCN precinct, including Todd Mall, for a show ‘n’ shine out the front of the Council Lawns. There will be plenty on, with food trucks, music and pop-up cinema creating a fun atmosphere for attendees.

Also new to the program this year is the Motorvation Super Cruise, where all entrants are invited to smoke the tyres and power skid down Alice Springs Inland Dragway and through the burnout pad on Sunday.

Rev heads can also take part in all their favourite RCN activities. They include checking out the amazing rides in the Elite Shed at the Showgrounds, the burnouts, the heavy hitter drag racing, the Shannons show ‘n’ shine, taking part in the Great Northern 4WD course, trying their hand at grass driving, or the Lasseters Motorkhana and – everyone’s favourite – being part of the famous Yeperenye Street Parade, which most of the town turns out to watch.

Red CentreNATS is brought to you by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company in association with Summernats.

Tickets for spectators and entrants are open now, with a three-day Chrome pass just $75. Visit

I have also opened up a few selected spots where people can get photos of their pride and joy in what is a unique part of the world. 

“Red CentreNATS delivers all the action motorsport lovers enjoy, in a truly unique location. This truly unique event attracts some of Australia’s rarest and most beautifully restored vehicles and their owners to Alice Springs to be a part of three days of motorsport fun.
Hundreds of interstate entrants stay in local accommodation, eat at local restaurants, and use RCN as a chance to experience sights and attractions across the region.
RCN 2022 was responsible for generating a total expenditure stimulus in the Northern Territory, of $6.9 million, and $6.2 million was new money to the Territory. The value of this event to the region is clear.”