SUNDAY saw the final day of the Tassie Nats 2019 circus, and only one thing was on the minds of everybody at Tas Dragway: burnouts. It was the day that the V8 and Six-Cylinder burnout champions would be crowned, as well as the Tassie Nats Grand Champion. The threat of rain didn’t deter the burnout boys and girls from letting it all hang out in their last-ditch efforts to take home the cherries.
Darren Triffett took home the overall burnout gong for Tassie Nats ’19, reflecting his near-perfect weekend of solid skid performances that impressed the judges every time he went out. His VH HDT Commodore always attracted a big cheer from the crowd whenever it left the pad after Darren had done his thing, so it was a well-deserved win.
Co-owners Alex Simonetis and Jimmy Morley jerry-rigged a supercharger from a four-cylinder Mercedes onto the side of the LPG Barra in their BA Falcon, and boy did it work – Alex got the job of steering the in the comp, where he not only won the Six-Cylinder class but scored a wildcard entry into the final Top 30 burnout comp.
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Jeremiah Gearman used Tassie Nats as an opportunity to pay tribute to his father, who recently passed away, and he certainly did the old man proud, taking out the 2019 Grand Champion award. His LSA-swapped R31 Skyline tore up every event, whether it was the cruise session on Friday, the drags on Saturday or the powerskids and burnouts on Sunday. Whenever you saw the R31 in line for a driving event, you always knew Jezz was going to give it 110 per cent, so the win was a well-earned one.
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Andrew Lynch was in full form on Sunday afternoon in the burnout comp, sending his LYNCHY Corolla to a whole new level. During his burnout in the final he reused the entry ramp at what looked like 100km/h for a truly insane tip-in, but as impressive as it was, he tagged the wall, which probably cost him the win. He still put on a ripper show for the bumper crowd, and they made sure he knew it as he made his way off the pad.
Barry Hall opened the burnout competition proceedings on Sunday with a demo run in the Castlemaine Rod Shop BLOWNHJ ute. While CRS’s WAR-BIRD XP Falcon had been tearing up the pad on Friday and Saturday in the hands of the Rod Shop’s Marc Waddington, it was retired on Sunday, which left Barry to fly the CRS flag for the boys, and he didn’t disappoint.
In short, Tassie Nats was a ripper event that took us all a bit by surprise. The super-relaxed atmosphere was refreshing at a car event like this, with no egos or bad behaviour and everybody just enjoying each other’s company and having a good time. We’ll have a full write-up on Tassie Nats in our upcoming May mag, so make sure you head out and grab a copy when it hit the stands on 18 April.