Founder of Summernats, Chic Henry, dies at 75

Chic Henry, also known as Anthony Robert Henry was a car enthusiast and the founder of the Summernats motor festival in Canberra. He was the Summernats director between 1988 and 2009.

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Chic Henry founder of Summernats dies at 75 after a battle with cancer

For decades, his name has been associated with Summernats as the human engine room for the Southern Hemisphere’s largest, brassiest, and most colorful automobile show.

But that big engine has now died, and car enthusiasts around the country are mourning the passing of Anthony Robert “Chic” Henry, a raconteur, super-promoter, customized car aficionado, and honorary ACT ambassador.

Mr. Henry, 75, passed away on Thursday in Canberra, Australia, following a protracted fight with cancer.

Chic Henry Age, Family, and Early Life

Henry was born in Launceston, Tasmania, on December 15, 1946 (age 75), to returned serviceman father Robert Henry and mother Alma Horton.

chic henry family

Henry’s great, great grandfather served as Tasmania’s first Postmaster; his great grandfather worked on the project to install an undersea phone line between Tasmania and mainland Australia, and both his grandfather and father worked for the Postmaster-General’s Department.

Chic Henry Career, What was his profession?

Henry was a member of the Australian Street Machine Federation in the 1980s. Henry developed a specialized burnout track at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC, formerly known as Natex) in 1987, and in January 1988, he held the first Summernats there. Hundreds of people went out for the first Summernats Street parade down Northbourne Avenue on January 2nd, which featured automobiles and entertainment from rock and bush bands. According to Henry, the expense of promotion was roughly $500,000.

Henry was issued a warning in January 2009 after speeding 77 km/h in a specific 40 km zone outside the Summernats site. Henry avoided a fine by explaining to authorities that he had not noticed the new sign. After the 2009 event drew fewer participants than anticipated, Henry began talks with a potential buyer for the company. In July 2009, he confirmed the sale of the company to an unnamed bidder.

In the 2012 ACT election, Henry ran for the Australian Motorist Party in the Ginninderra riding in the northern suburbs. Before the election, Henry advised electors to vote for the Canberra Liberals as their second choice. Henry left the Australian Motorist Party and joined the ACT Liberal Party at the end of 2013.

Which school did he go to?

Henry attended Queechy High School in Norwood, Tasmania, repeating his last year. At school, he was a strong competitive swimmer and board diver.

Chic Henry Girlfriend, What about his relationship?

Chic Henry was a married man and was married to Doreen. They have a beautiful daughter Angela Michelle.

Chic Henry Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The net worth of Chic Henry is around $16 million.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

He is seen active on Twitter as @chic_henry with few followers. He is also available on Facebook as Chic Henry with 1.6K+ followers.

Body Appearance of Chic Henry’s Height, Weight

HeightFeet: N / A
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Hair colorBrown 
Eye colorHazel
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Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Chic Henry’s you should be knows

Age75 Years
Relationship StatusMarried
ChildrenAngela Michelle