More than 30,000 Canberrans and visiting car enthusiasts lined Northbourne Avenue yesterday to watch the annual Summernats City Cruise.
Event general manager Russell Avis said the 2014 event was expected to attract a record number of cars and spectators.
Given a favourable weather forecast for the next four days and strong advance ticket sales from all over the country, Mr Avis is hopeful last year's 100,000 turnout will be matched or even exceeded.
Car numbers were expected to be a record 1800-plus with 1700 entrants logged by Tuesday.
"We had 1767 cars last year and are hopeful of breaking the 1800 mark this time around," Mr Avis said.
While work had progressed steadily at EPIC, the Summernats site in North Canberra, since the start of December the pace had really picked up in the past few days.
While each modified vehicle is a unique piece of craftsmanship in its own right, those taking part in performance events such as the burnouts, horsepower heroes and time trials are grouped into classes depending on their vehicle's specifications.