Malcolm Flynn | Dec 3, 2012

The Summernats Citycruise public street parade is set to return in January, marking the official opening of the 26th running of the Summernats car festival in Canberra.

This will be the second running of the public Citycruise event, which is expected to see more than 200 modified street machines parade down Canberra’s main drag, Northbourne Avenue.

The first Citycruise opened the 2012 event in January, marking the first Summernats public event since the former Supercruise event was banned after 1992.

This final public Supercruise was marred by drunken rioting, forcing the Supercuise to be held within the grounds of the event’s main venue, Exhibition Park, ever since.

The 2012 Citycruise’s shift to a daylight schedule, held on Thursday ahead of the Summernats’ main Exhibition Park events ensured a trouble free event, attracting an estimated 20,000-strong crowd along the route.

“The Citycruise is the perfect opportunity for families and workers in Canberra to come out and look at some of Australia’s finest street machines, hot rods and custom cars in action”, Summernats organiser Andy Lopez said.

Summernats organisers have worked in conjunction with ACT Policing and Roads ACT to ensure the same for the upcoming event, which will permit a limited number of non-street legal vehicles to join the procession.

All participants will be limited to 30km/h for the event, which will travel the length of Northbourne Avenue from Exhibition Park, before returning on the Northern carriageway.

The 2013 Summernats Citycruise will kick off at midday on Thursday January 3rd, ahead of the Summernats main event at Exhibition Park, which will continue until Sunday January 6th.