FOR the past six years the guys and girls from Gippsland Tuff Streeters have paired up with the Drouin Rotary Club to put on Lardner Park Motorfest. It’s an interesting relationship, with the ‘hoons’ from GTS coming together with the more respectable Rotarians, but one that obviously works, as together they raise about $50,000 for charity each year.
Hundreds of cars, and thousands of spectators, congregated at Lardner Park for this year’s two-day Motorfest, to let loose in a safe, fun and family-friendly environment. Aside from the ever-popular burnout competition, there’s the go-to-whoa, stampede and show ’n’ shine. But most were keen to check out Australia’s toughest cars burning rubber, and there were lots of them – and more than a little carnage.
During qualifying on Saturday it was cool to see Michael Schena’s show-quality INTENSE HQ Monaro out on the pad tearing it up, and he rounded out the Top 20 overall.
John Williams was clearly having a ball in DATSMAD, and nabbed seventh spot overall. In a field full of blown big-block and LS-based powerplants, DATSMAD waved the flag for the humble Holden V8, packing a 530hp 355ci mill on alcohol, thanks to Powerhouse.
They came from all over for a shot at the $6000 first prize, and this year there was an additional $2000 available to the winner of the Top 10 Shootout on Saturday. Mick Hughes took home the two grand on Saturday night, and he’ll certainly need the extra cash, as his blown 406ci small-block Chev put a couple of rods out on Sunday during the finals.
Sunday saw the Top 50 from the previous day’s qualifying battle it out for the big bucks, and there were some heavy-hitters in the field. Steve Edsall (ROGUE), Paul Cook (BLWNVC), Mick Cleary (GMHAZD), Peter Grmusa (ATRISK) and current Street Machine Summernats Burnout Master Andrew Pool (IBLOWN) were just some of the mega-horsepower machines in the running.
But it was Ross Heasley in MRBADQ that showed them all how it was done for the second year in a row. He took home the big trophy and cheque, along with a Burnout Masters ticket for Summernats 30.
In the show ’n’ shine, Joel Lambert’s killer HG Monaro took out the top spot.
Lardner Park Motorfest is one of the best ‘little’ shows in the country. It’s a picturesque location and not too far from Melbourne, so if you haven’t been yet, check it out next year and help the guys raise even more money for charity.
The 2017 Summernats Burnout Masters field so far:
Andrew Poole IBLOWN
Brett Battersby BLWNLUX
Jake Myers SICKO
Peter Grmusa ATRISK
Ryan Pearson HOLDON
Darren Bromage SMOKINU
Matthew Cowan ONIT
Domenic Luci LITMUP
Andrew Lynch LYNCHY
Justen Brown STRUGLIN
Colin Byrne SEWERSIDE
Ross Heasley MRBADQ
The remaining Burnout Masters qualifying events are:
BURNOUT KING WA, 25 March
STREET MACHINE SUPERNATS, 23 April
BRASHERNATS SYDNEY, 12 June
TROPICAL MELTDOWN, 13 August
BURNOUT OUTLAWS, 20 August
RED CENTRE NATS, 2-4 September
TREAD CEMETERY, 15 November
STREET MACHINE SUMMERNATS, 5-8 Jan