FAQ Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about Red CentreNATS. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. 2018 Entrant registrations are now open! Can anyone register to compete in the Red CentreNATS program of activities? It's up to you if you wish to enter your car into judging and competition. Alternatively, you can register your car and come along to be a part of the event and show off your pride and joy. Where is the Red CentreNATS being held? Red CentreNATS will be held in Alice Springs, with the two main hubs at Blatherskite Park and Alice Springs Inland Dragway, as well as scrutineering and motorkhana events at Lasseters Centre for Entertainment. When is Red CentreNATS being held? The fourth Red CentreNATS will be held in Alice Springs on Friday 31 August, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2017. Please note that Blatherskite Park will not be open on Thursday 30 August during Scrutineering and Registration. I'm a local, how can I get involved in the event? The local community is encouraged to participate. We are especially looking for volunteer officials to assist on the ground and get close to the action. It is envisaged that training and mentoring will be a key component of the Summernats involvement. Will the event be family friendly and affordable to attend? Yes, the event is an automotive lifestyle festival that will provide entertainment for the entire family. There will be a range of ticketed events with the ticket prices subsidised by the Northern Territory Government. Children 13 years and under will be free. Is there a program of events? An official Event Program will be available for 2018 closer to the event date. Can I enter on the day? If you are a last minute entry, you can register on Thursday or Friday at Scrutineering and Registration. See the Program for further details. What are the cruise routes? The official driving routes will be available closer to the 2018 event date. Will there be food and drinks available at the event? A variety of food stalls, soft drinks, bottled water and alcoholic beverages can be purchased. When purchasing alcoholic beverages you must have a present form of identification which shows that you are 18 years or older. What is not permitted inside the venue? No food, drinks, alcohol, illegal substances, glass or dangerous objects are allowed into the event. Patrons are not permitted to bring their own esky's into any venue. Will there by camping available for participants? No, there will be no camping facilities available at the event venues however there are plenty of camping and caravan park options available in Alice Springs. Plan your trip at Tourism NT. Are there free buses available to access the venue? Yes, a full bus timetable will be available closer to the 2018 event date. Can I bring a foldup chair? Yes, patrons are permitted to bring their own fold-up chairs. Are ATMs available within the venue? ATMs will be available inside both Blatherskite Park and Alice Springs Inland Dragway for your convenience. Where do I hand in / go to for lost property? Lost property can be handed in to the Communications Office within Blatherskite Park. Location and operating times for the 2018 Communications Office will be available closer to the event date. Will there be security during the event for my prized possession? During the opening hours of the event, security will be in place at the venues. There will also be overnight security at Blatherskite Park and Alice Springs Inland Dragway, however owners leave their vehicles onsite at their risk. Will there be parking for trucks and trailers? Parking space for trucks and trailers will be available at Blatherskite Park over the weekend of Red CentreNATS. There will be security on hand during the event and overnight from Thursday until Sunday night, however owners leave their vehicles onsite at their risk. Will there be parking at all venues for the Red CentreNATS? There will be ample room for car parking at Blatherskite Park & Alice Springs Inland Dragway. Is smoking permitted at Red CentreNATS? There will be designated smoking areas at most venues unless otherwise restricted through legislation and venue operators. At Blatherskite Park, all enclosed areas are smoke free. There will be designated smoking ‘pods’ clearly marked at Blatherskite Park. For the comfort of patrons we ask you smoke in the designated areas. Smoking is not permitted near any food area, bar, children’s playground, exhibition or car display areas. What is the weather like in Alice Springs? The climate in Alice Springs and the Red Centre region is semi-arid. You can expect the typical four seasons: hot summer days from December to February, a cool winter from June to August, and warm days and cool nights during spring and autumn. September (in the Spring) is the best time to visit Central Australia – on average you can expect a temperatures up to 30 degrees in the day time and below 10 degrees overnight. Check the weather before making your trip but remember the weather can be unpredictable so it is best to come well prepared. Can I bring my pets? Pets are NOT permitted into any Red CentreNATS venue. Can I buy merchandise at Red CentreNATS? Yes, a range of merchandise will be available to purchase at the event.