DAY Three of Street Machine Summernats saw the first outing of the Burnout Masters for the beginning of the eliminations, and with high stakes at play even the threat of heavy rain didn’t deter the guys and girls from putting it all on the line for glory.
29 cars headed out to justify their spot in the finals, with the list being whittled down to just 10 lucky entrants by days end. The line-up of tyre slayers that made it through are Steven Edsall’s Falcon SKDUTE, Fred Watson in FEAR, Rick Fuller’s LSONE Commodore, the Thomas Beltrame INFERNO Landcruiser, Rick Fuller in FULL ON, Grahame Rowe’s GAMBLE, Tim Brown’s CEMBLO, Jake Myers in S1CKO, Andrew Pool’s purple IBLOWN Commodore and Phil Kerjean in TUFFST.
There was action a plenty on the pad, one of the biggest stories coming from the Castlemaine Rod Shop’s WARBIRD Falcon. The transmission locked up and destroyed the engine in the process, putting the Waddington’s well and truly out of competition.
“The car was singing and it was a ripping skid until the tranny gave out,” said Marc Waddington.
However fellow ROD SHOP representative Thomas Beltrame in the INFERNO Landcruiser wowed the judges to secure a spot in the final 10, while last year’s Street Machine Summernats 31 winner Matt James failed to cut the mustard after throwing some serious flames in his VF ute UNWANTED.
The Kiwi Robert Toheriri and the AGROXB also ruled himself out with his own flame show, well and truly lighting of the rear end of his XB Coupe. Chris Orchard’s effort in the BALISTIC VL Calais was cut short when the blower system gave out just a few turns into his run.
With just 10 competitors left in the world’s ultimate burnout competition, make sure you check back for the full Burnout Masters results later today.