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By Andrew Broadley | Photos: Ryan Annear, 06 Jun 2017 News

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Street Machine Summernats 31 will be upon us before we know it, and early indications are that it’s going to be a beauty!

WE MAY have only just fully recovered from the record-breaking horsepower party that was Street Machine Summernats 30, but Summernats 31 will be upon us before we know it, and early indications are that it’s going to be a beauty!

Six months out from the event, the Summernats office has been a hive of activity, processing no less than 600 pre-entries! Meanwhile, the Burnout Masters field is starting to take shape, with almost half of the qualifying events having been run and won. From the Summernats 30 Burnout Masters, we have reigning champ Steve Nogas in KILLA-B, along with Leigh Mackenzie in LUXURY, Rick Fuller’s LSONE, Colin Byrne in SEWERSIDE, and the people’s champ, Andrew Lynch in his infamous LS-powered Corolla, LYNCHY.

From the Burnout Championship at Summernats 30, Anthony Page gets a start in PAGEY, along with Tim Brown’s CEMBLO, and Peter Grmusa’s newest toy, the F-DIS F100.

Qualifiers from Gazzanats WA are Matthew James in UNWANTED and Matthew Hughes’s MON5TA.

Lardner Park Motorfest saw Justine Mott in GEMSKID and Fred Watson in FEAR get the nod, while Sam Surace qualified in his MADSAM Capri at the Big Skid $10K Burnout Classic.

Matt Purnell at Burnout King, PerthMatt Purnell qualified for the Masters at Burnout King at Perth Motorplex

Most recently at Burnout King at the Perth Motorplex, Kevin Mantach in ALCOTRAZ, Matthew Purnell in BLACKOUT, and Jason Tanian in KENOATH all added their names to the list.

There are still plenty of opportunities to score a Burnout Masters berth, so for your chance to bang tyres with the best in the business at Summernats 31, get along to a qualifying event, and bring your A-game!


11 Jun*
Sydney Dragway, NSW

29 Jul
Tropical Meltdown
Cairns Speedway, Qld

12 Aug
Burnout Outlaws
Sydney Dragway, NSW

19 Aug
Gazzanats Darwin
Hidden Valley Raceway, NT

1-3 Sep*
Red CentreNATS
Alice Springs, NT

14 Oct
Burnout Allstars
Queensland Raceway, Qld

4-7 Jan*
Summernats 31
Last Chance Wildcard Shootout,
Canberra, ACT

*Televised event