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Summernats Festival delivers Canberra cars, music, girls, tourism dollars and more

The 25th Summernats festival reved up things for Canberra again today as it continued on with parade of show cars.

It wasn’t just about cars as event co-owner Andy Lopez told the press. It was more about entertainment and a more family atmosphere, but make no mistake – it was mainly about the cars…and a good dose of loud music – as if the roar of the engines wasn’t enough to burst your eardrums (earplugs are provided upon entrance to the festival – satisfying OH&S regulations).

Event numbers are understood to be up this year, approaching 90,000, up at least 10,000 from the last Summernats Festival.

Mr Lopez said "People are going to get see something really terrific…two hundred cars in convoy, beautifully managed, well presented, a complete range of all the types of vehicles that Summernats has to offer and I think pretty much the community is excited about it."

Canberra has had a bit of a love – hate relationship with Summernats over the years, but this year there was plenty of love to go around. There were loads of car lovers, even love-mobile muscle cars, and of course the Ms Summernats competition – and not to be outdone, Fever Australia girls gave the Ms Summernats young ladies a run for the money with photographers and news crews.

No, there were not any riots and a good number of police and event organisers were quick to defuse any potential incidents before they started.

New co-owner Andy Lopez, who purchased Summernats said it’s another sign the event has turned a corner.

"This isn’t a choir convention, but at the same time we’re not like a gathering of satanists either," he said.

"Ninety-nine-point-nine per cent of people that go to Summernats are there because they love what the event is about and if there is anyone else who is looking to cause trouble then we’re going to deal with it."

Mr Lopez, originally had little interest in cars, said 2012 is shaping be the most successful Summernats yet.

"We want this to be the premier street machine, modifier event in the world," he said.

"We’ll have 1200 people watching our burnout competition and that’s something you can’t do anywhere else in the world.

"If you win the summernats burnout competition, you are the undisputed champion.

"That’s what we want the Summernats to be about."

Summernats attracts many of the nations most talented motor and mechanical craftsmen, artists and all matter of other folks who are in the business of hotted up cars. They also attract news media from from across the country – and this year its been mainly positive, with the festival being pro active to remove the more troublesome aspects of years gone by. The festival also adds a much needed boost to the ACT economy, with nightclubs, hotels and restaurants all reporting business definitely being up since the car-show hit down.

Some of our favourite aspects …

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Owning a Harley-Davidson means owning a piece of American history. The proper name contains the hyphen since it is actually a combination of the last names of the original designers / owners, William S. Harley (who drew up the plans for the original engine in 1901 at the age of 22) and his childhood friend Arthur Davidson.

After working for the next 2 years to finish their "motor-bicycle," they realized that this first motor was not powerful enough to climb the hills around Milwaukee without assistance. Without being discouraged, they quickly wrote it off as a valuable learning experiment.

The new and improved model was the first real Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The "boys" received help with the larger engine (a 405cc) from Ole Evinrude. This larger engine took their design out of the motorized-bicycle category and helped to define what a motorcycle should contain.

Their work space at the time was a 10 x 15 ft shed located in the Davidson family's backyard. The new prototype was used to compete in a Milwaukee motorcycle race at State Fair Park on September 8, 1904, where they finished fourth. This was the first historically documented appearance of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

By January of 1905, bare Harley-Davidson engines were being offered for sale to the do-it-yoursef crowd. It took until April for limited production to be in place. They sold only 3 bikes the first year.

The first factory was built in 1906, it was a 40 x 60 single-story wooden structure. They produced about 50 motorcycles that first year. By 1907, they expanded to include a second floor and production increased to 150 motorcycles. This original location, although the structure has been expanded and even redesigned, remains the corporate headquarters today.

Around this period from 1907 to 1909 is also when they first started selling motorcycles to police departments. This market continues to be an important part of their business today.

By February 1907, Harley-Davidson had a prototype model 45 degree V-Twin engine. This prototype was displayed at the Chicago Automobile Show. These first V-Twins had nearly double the power of the first singles and could achieve a top speed of about 60 mph. By 1909, production jumped to 1,149.

1911 bought the smaller, better performing V-Twin model that would be used in the major of bikes produced after 1913. Demolition of the current factory and construction of a 5-story reinforced concrete and brick factory had been completed by 1913.

By 1912, there were 200 dealerships in the US and sales to Japan were growing. By 1914, Harley-Davidson was the dominant brand in the motorcycle racing circuit since their design had them pulling ahead of the Indian.

By 1920, Harley-Davidson was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Their motorcycles were being sold by dealers in 67 countries. Production that year was 28,189 machines.

Harley's have been used by the military during every war from the Pancho Villa Expedition (aka the Mexican Expedition) from 1916 to 1917 to World War II. During World …