RedCentreNATS is shaping up as Australia’s Ultimate Festival of Wheels and is set to feature a famous car known as the ‘Cuz Mobile’ this year.
This forms part of a partnership with the Right Tracks program to encourage Aboriginal youth to become involved in the event.
Right Tracks Program Sports and Health Coordinator from the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Ian McAdam said the team was stoked when Northern Territory Major Events Company invited them to create an educational program to encourage community participation in Red CentreNATS.
“We want to foster automotive skills in communities, and grow the confidence of local youth and their sense of achievement,” he said.
“You can see the pride that Aboriginal people have for their cars at footy carnivals, often decorating a vehicle in the local team colours with balloons and streamers. We want our youth to know that they can have a go at restoring a car and learn new skills on the way without it costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Quotes from Owen Webb, Car Festivals Project Manager Owen Webb said the program was full steam ahead for the 2021 event.
“Motorsports fans are in for a treat at this year’s Red CentreNATS, with the restoration of old bush wrecks by young Aboriginal Territorians,” he said.
Right Tracks is a collaboration between the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Central Australian Football Club and Australian Drug Foundation, which encourages young people in Alice Springs and surrounding communities to create positive change in health, education, employment and leadership, using sport as a key hook.
Now Aboriginal youth are being steered in another exciting direction through car building, modification and painting projects to encourage greater community participation in the three-day Red CentreNATS.
Students from the Clontarf Academy at Yirara College are rebuilding a Ford BA XR6 and are transforming it into a new Cuz Mobile with support from Alice Springs Town Council,
This is the first year of an ongoing partnership between Right Tracks, Red CentreNATS, Northern Territory Major Events Company, Car Festivals, the Northern Territory Government, Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation, Charles Darwin University and Yirara College.
Red CentreNATS is set to kick off on Friday, 3 September with hundreds of entrants expected at Alice Springs.
To catch all the action at this year’s Red CentreNATS, snap up a general admission ticket from $30 per day, or grab a three Day Chrome Pass for $50.
To find out more information, enter your car or bike, or to purchase spectator tickets, head to www.redcentrenats.com.au.