Looking at all of the footage from Summernats 33, it’s easy to think that you are on another planet with the amount of smoke from the bushfires in the air. The daylight is orange, the haze omnipresent, and it only got thicker as the days passed on. We love to crack on about how everything in Australia is borderline insane all of the time, but from what we see, this was. For once, Australia actually looked like a Mad Max set everywhere you looked. The crowds roared, the engines defeaned, and the haze just got thicker and thicker.
And in the vein of Mad Max, the ordinary machines were seen doing extraordinary things. Take the “NOVAKILL” Nova, for instance. We’re so used to seeing Novas as muscle machines and top-tier junior supercars that the concept of a small, light and thrifty Chevrolet…you know, the original intent behind the Chevy II in the first place…is almost laughable. What do you mean, this was supposed to be a six-cylinder family car? Novas were meant to have screaming small-blocks in them. Okay, maybe not like this NASCAR-swapped shrieker, but you get the picture.