The Summernats will roll into Wollongong this weekend but it will be burning rubber of a different kind.
Hundreds of remote-controlled cars and their drivers from across the state will converge on the city to compete in the biggest event on the Illawarra Model Car Club (IMCC) calendar - the Racing Lines Summernats.
The event features more than 100 keen racers, in both nitro and electric-battery powered cars, battling it out for ultimate supremacy, rather than prizemoney.
"It's like big boys with little kids' cars," IMCC secretary Scott MacDonald said.
"Our normal race days are just club members in the Illawarra; it's just the local guys.
"This one is the big one, it's a bit more competitive ... you've got to be on your A-game."
The Summernats will be held at the model car track at Guest Park, Fairy Meadow and begins with a practice day today, before the action steps up a gear across the weekend.
Mr MacDonald said car racing was about getting everyone together and having some fun.
"We are trying to get more families and kids involved, they are the ones who are going to take the sport [and keep it going]," he said.
The IMCC, which comprises 40 keen racers, is a not-for-profit organisation and has been established in the region for more than 15 years.