They're a car-obsessed family who love to show off their pride and joy.
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Lithgow's Bunting family hit the road to Canberra for the annual Street Machine Summernats car festival from January 2 to 5.
The festival brings car enthusiasts from around the nation and abroad together to the horsepower capital of Australia.
Ryan Bunting and his partner Tahlia Tuckwell entered DOR17O Orange Mazda Rx2 Capella, Dean and Joel Bunting entered 12ABPT Blue Mazda Rx7 Rotary Coupe, Steve and Lisa Dowler entered FIGA8S Green VY SS Ute, Trent Bunting and Beth Thurlow entered ENV55V White VE SS Commodore Sedan, Kyle Bunting and Jess Yeo entered ENV55Y VE SS Commodore Ute.
Bunting said it was his first time entering his own vehicle and he spent most of the week leading up the event cleaning, polishing and adding finishing touches to his 1974 Rotary Mazda Capella.
"I was ensuring everything was up to a high standard, this was the third year I have attended the event but it was a big deal being my first entry," he said.
His vehicle was judged in the Meguiar's pavillion where he was lucky enough to make it in the Top 60 Street Class.
"Having a vehicle entered into this style of event is amazing.
"It was a massive privilege and has provided me with an extra drive to push harder for next year's Summernats event," he said.
Bunting said a highlight of the event was when him, Dean and Steve were invited to take part in the Summernats City Cruise.
"We got to cruise with hundreds of other vehicles down Canberra's infamous Northbourne Avenue showcasing our cars to the locals and guests," he said.
He was also invited and encouraged to take part in the Summernats Super Cruise.
Bunting's father, Dean has also created a Facebook Rotary vs Piston Car Group which has reached out to car enthusiasts Australia wide with the intentions to get other car groups to attend events such as Summernats.
"We had 10 members of the group enter their five vehicles into Summernats, I think it will just keep growing," Bunting said.
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