THE first-ever Sapphire Smokeout is set to kick off on the last Saturday of November in the tiny NSW town of Candelo, located 450km south of Sydney in the Bega Shire. It’s shaping up to be a ripper grassroots burnout event, with all proceeds raised from entrants and spectators going towards expanding the town’s burnout pad, with the goal of adding another 15 metres to its current area.
Luke Bajjada, one of the volunteers making the Smokeout happen, said the two-day event will be of great benefit to local youth in particular. “We want to give the kids a place to drive that’s a controlled environment,” he said. “They’ve been hooning around in paddock-bashers all their lives; they just need somewhere that’s off the streets.”
While Luke doesn't own a burnout car himself, he sees the need for grassroots support in places like Candelo, especially considering the next drag and burnout facility is over four hours away. “I’m more of a street machiner myself, but in a town like this there’s not much to do if you’re not into your dirtbikes or speedway,” he said.
Plenty of serious burnout competitors have already put their hands up to donate their time and expertise to put on a show. Names so far include Todd Stewart’s 540ci UNFAZD HJ and Matthew Allen’s TUBSHP blown Mini. And the Street Machine team will be there to grab some action photos.
“Your car doesn’t have to be crazy – the more the merrier,” Luke said. “It’s all about the love of the sport.”
Entries are now full and the organisers want to thank everybody who has put in their time and hard-earned dollars to support the event, including Dave ‘Swampy’ Marsh, Eden Newsagency and Any Type Excavations - plus individuals like Mick Brasher and Shaun Karn for lending their names and cars.
More details can be found on the Sapphire Smokeout Facebook page.