Summernats founder Anthony Robert ‘Chic’ Henry, who ran the event from 1988 to 2009, has died at the age of 75.
Henry reportedly died on Thursday in his adopted home of Canberra after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Summernats, which began back in xxx, was renowned not only for its showcasing of cars but for its annual musical lineups, with the event seeing over 100,000 punters from across the country and around the globe descend upon the nation’s capital for a monstrous weekend of automotive displays and hot entertainment.
Upon news of his death, fans of the popular event took to social media to pay tribute to the father of Summernats.
“REST IN PEACE CHIC HENRY 🙏🏼❤️ By far the greatest man of all time in the Australian car seen [sic]. Creator of the Summernats, great all round person and very much loved by all who meet him,” one fan penned on Twitter.
REST IN PEACE
CHIC HENRY 🙏🏼❤️
By far the greatest man of all time in the Australian car seen. Creator of the Summernats , great all round person and very much loved by all who meet him. #summernats #resteasy #sadday
— Mi23zy (@mi23zy) April 15, 2022
Can’t believe Chic Henry passed away. #rip
— Jason 🇹🇼 (@jasons_tweet) April 15, 2022
hic is survived by his wife Debra Henry, daughter Georgia Henry, son Kody Henry and Kody’s wife Filia Henry, daughter Angela Henry, Angela’s partner Jason Pettet and granddaughter Lauren.
The family is planning to hold a celebration of Chic’s life at Exhibition Park in Canberra, with details yet to be confirmed. The event is open to everyone and cool cars are encouraged to attend.
Chic’s family ask that in lieu of flowers, supporters consider donating to the Canberra Cancer Centre, here.