A mother and daughter who made headlines for their identical looks and love of cars have slammed the new look Summernats event saying it has lost its atmosphere and claim the 2018 family-friendly version was ‘very disappointing’.
Natalie and Jazmyne Wardell have long made the annual pilgrimage to the car event to join thousands of other petrol heads in showing off their hotted up vehicles.
Mrs Wardell, 46, and her 22-year-old daughter last year shared their story of not only travelling to car events around Australia together, but also often going out partying.
But the pair were left unimpressed by changes aimed at making this year’s festival a less troublesome affair, with Mrs Wardell taking to Instagram to call on organisers to ‘bring back the good old Summernats’.
Posting photos of herself with her daughter at the event, the festival veteran labelled the event ‘NannaNats’ after the burnout and Miss Summernats competitions were cancelled.
‘Was a little unfazed this year, no Miss Summernats, no car wash babes, got in s*** for smoking it up,’ Mrs Wardell wrote.
‘I only did it once and it wasn’t even that bad yet I got told off by security, no one was around to get hurt… very disappointing this year.
‘Just didn’t have the atmosphere, car overheated a little but still ran well all weekend!’
The self-confessed ‘bogan Barbie’ attends a car event with her family every weekend before often heading out to nightclubs along with her daughters and husband.
While many daughters are embarrassed to hang out with their mum once they reach their teenage years Mrs Wardell and her three girls are the best of friends.
She said last year that their blonde hair and similar fashion sense often led other revellers at Summernats to think they were sisters.
‘People ask if we’re sisters all the time, and some even think Jazmyne is my mum because she’s so tall and I’m so short,’ Mrs Wardell said.
‘I guess it’s a compliment to me, but people will say things like “You try to copy them”, but I mean I’ve had long blonde hair since I was 15. It’s just genetics.’
Much like Bathurst and other petrolhead events, Summernats has had a long history of male-dominated crowds, boozy behaviour and even violence.
Aiming to stamp out the blokey reputation it has gained over the past three decades organisers cracked down on excessive drinking and harassment.
Entrants to the 2018 festival were forced to sign a form declaring they wouldn’t harass patrons.
But on ‘Tuff Street’, a notorious section of the festival, revellers reportedly continued on with their anti-social behaviour.
According to The Canberra Times numerous groups of men were observed shouting at women in the hope they would expose themselves.
That woman refused to comply with their wishes as did another woman further along the track.