Northern Nats 2024: results

The winners and grinners from Northern Nats 2024

Photographers: Ashleigh Wilson

Held over three days, Northern Nats is a marathon event, especially for those making the most of the driving events on offer, with drag racing, roll racing, burnouts, go-to-whoa and skid row all offering ample opportunities to burn fuel and destroy tyres.

The event’s pinnacle award is Grand Champion, which rewards both the show and the go aspects of car crafting. This year’s winner was Lee Povey in the JKLHYD VL Calais. Lee overcame a busted engine to win not only the roll racing, but also to set the quickest and fastest times on the strip. What a street car!

The Pro Burnout finals on Sunday afternoon were red hot. With a trophy and $15,000 of cash prize money, plus two tickets on offer to Street Machine Summernats 37 to compete for $50,000 and the title of Pro Burnout Champion, the burnout competitors were leaving nothing on the table for the finals.

The overall win and the first Pro Burnout ticket when to Ryan Pearson in HOLDON, with the second ticket going to Jake Myes in S1CKO/GM176. After many years of supporting Northern Nats, this year’s event will be the Mustang’s final trip to Northern Nats before it retires to street duties.

This year’s Northern Nats marked the first time the event has worked with the Summernats team to both promote the show and to run various aspects including the show judging. This year saw 35 high quality cars on display, with eight entered for Elite judging.

Summernats’s Owen Webb was impressed by the quality of cars in the region and is looking forward to working with the Northern Nats team to grow the competition in the future.  “By supporting entrants, cross promoting the competition at other events and increasing the range of awards available we will grow the Northern Nats show & shine until it is one of the premier shows in North Queensland,” he said.  Webby will return to Cairns in October to check out more of the local talent at the Cairns Show Auto Spectacular.

You can check out the full Elite Awards below, but congrats to Jim Vearing who won People’s Choice, Top Elite and more with this stunning LJ Torana and to Chris Borzi who was awarded Ringbrother’s Choice for his XB hardtop.

As the sun set over the mountains, cars loaded on trailers and volunteer staff took a long deep breath; Springmount Raceway General Manager Michael Gonzales took a moment to smile and reflect.  “I love this event,” he said “I loved it when I was a competitor at the very start, and I love it even more now that I am here working with my partner Tara and our amazing team to put on Northern Nats; the premier motorsport event in North Queensland.  I couldn’t be more proud.”  The team should be proud and we can’t wait to be back next year.



WinnerRyan Pearson – HOLDON
2ndJake Myers – S1CKO
3rdMichael Pratten – SPASTIC
4thScott Yates – YATEZ
5thTodd Stewart – UNFAZED


1stChris Orchard
2ndPeter Thomsen
3rdMark Anderson
1stStephen Maeseele
2ndBobbie James
3rdClinton Whicker


WinnerLee Povey


WinnerDavid Gibbon


People’s Choice, Top Elite, Top Engine Bay, and Top PaintJim Vearing – LJ Holden Torana
Top Engineering, Top Interior, Top Elite R/UpJohn Wreghitt – LH Torana
Top Panel, Top UndercarriageDerryn Nissen
Ring Brothers’ ChoiceChris Borzi XB Falcon Hardtop


Best BikeMellissa Taylor Top
Burnout/Drag VehicleJake Myers
Top PaintJayden Grey
Top Engine BaySteven Reid
EngineeringDaniel Di Bella
Top Female EntrantKaylene Gough
Best GraphicsDavid Norman
Top Hot RodDavid Norman
High ImpactMark Siracusa
Top InteriorStephen Marino
Top OriginalJoe Torrisi
Top ImportGlenn Moran
Top PanelMurray Sutherland
Top PaintJoe Torrisi
Best Pre-1985Murray Sutherland
Best Post-1985Jason Lukic
Best RestoredStephen Marino
Top SedanSteven Reid
Show and Shine StandoutChris Borzi
Top Street RegisteredScott van Rysbergen
Top UteTony Whybird
Top 4WDDaniel Butcher