The Kiwis are crossing the Tasman with a team of burnout competitors keen to cause a ruckus this summer

Mazda RX7 V8 Supercharged burnout

LOOK out Australia, the top burnout warriors from The Land of the Long White Cloud are heading across the Tasman to take on our burnout best. They’ve already put together a five-car team called Kiwi Carnage to take on Tread Cemetery at Lardner Park in mid-November, and then they’ll be joined by a sixth car before heading north to Street Machine Summernats 30.

Camaro Supercharged Burnout
Liz Gracie's blown '69 Camaro

At Street Machine Summernats Liz Gracie and her ’69 Camaro (EV1L69), along with Ricky Ireland (ENVEED), Ian Smith (SAMBO), Braden Smith’s blown VF Commodore, Shane Donaldson (LOLIFE) and Robert Macraee’s blown HQ ute will be competing in the Last Chance Wildcard show to see who, if any, will have a crack at this year’s Burnout Masters. The Kiwis are sporting some serious-looking hardware, so it’ll be interesting to see how they go up against the toughest rides that Australia has to offer.

HZ Holden Blown Burnout
Ricky Ireland's blown HZ Holden

After a short winter break the Aussie burnout scene tipped it in to August in a big way, with Tropical Meltdown in Cairns and Burnout Outlaws in Sydney; both were qualifying events for the Summernats 30 Burnout Masters. Up in Cairns Fred Watson and his FEAR Monaro put on a smoke and flame show that had the crowd screaming for more. Fred scored $10,000 for his efforts, but he’d already qualified for the Burnout Masters at Brashernats Sydney, so the Masters ticket went to second-placed Mark Siracusa and the ONIT Torana. With co-owner Matt Cowan already qualified after coming runner-up at Summernats 29, the Planet Green beast will be doing double-duty in the Masters at Street Machine Summernats 30.

VF Commodore Wagon Supercharged Burnout Car
Braden Smith’s blown VF Commodore

After Cairns it was Sydney’s turn with Burnout Outlaws at Sydney Dragway. With a big turnout of competitors, the battle for the top spots was fierce, and at the end of the day it was Jake Myers with SICKO in first, with Steve Loader and UCSMOKE in second. With both having qualified for the Masters already, the golden ticket went to third-placed Mick Brasher and the freshly rebuilt ULEGAL Corolla.

Falcon Ute Blown Burnout DIESEL
Darran Williams's DIESEL ute at Red CentreNATS 

At Red CentreNATS a couple of weekends ago Darran Williams scored a Masters ticket, taking out first place in his DIESEL Falcon ute. Second place-getter Rick Fuller in LSONE also got a golden ticket, as did Scott Yates in YATESZ.

Toyota Corolla ULEGAL Burnout
Mick Brasher's ULEGAL at Burnout Outlaws

That leaves just two more events to score a spot in the Summernats 30 Burnout Masters: Tread Cemetery at Lardner Park, and the Last Chance Wildcard show at Summernats 30.

Who’s in the Street Machine Summernats 30 Burnout Masters already?

  • Andrew Pool IBLOWN

  • Brett Battersby BLWNLUX
  • Jake Myers SICKO
  • Peter Grmusa ATRISK

  • Ryan Pearson HOLDON
  • Darren Bromage SMOKINU
  • Matthew Cowan ONIT
  • Domenic Luci LITMUP
  • Steve Nogas KILLA-B
  • Andrew Lynch LYNCHY
  • Justen Brown STRUGLIN
  • Colin Byrne SEWERSIDE
  • Ross Heasley MRBADQ
  • Steve Sines KINGER
  • Jason Rapoff PARALINES
  • Jason Fletcher RUCKUS
  • Steve Loader UCSMOKE
  • Fred Watson FEAR
  • Mark McTiernan LOOPY
  • Mark Siracusa ONIT
  • Mick Brasher ULEGAL
  • Darran Williams DIESEL
  • Rick Fuller LSONE
  • Scott Yates YATESZ


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