“MY FIRST demo skid was at Portland Powernats when I was 15 years old,” says Jake Myers, son of burnout legend Gary. “I waited a year, then competed at the Pro Burnouts at Dubbo when I was 16, and came fourth against a lot of the big guys. I did some comps that year; then I got a start in the Wildcard competition for the Masters at Summernats. I qualified, made it into the Top 10, and finished fifth – two spots ahead of Dad, actually!
Jake descends from burnout royalty, and while his dad Gary has retired from skidding the iconic Mustang, he still takes care of engine-building duties. He’s obviously doing a great job, because Jake’s gone four years without junking one.
“I’ve grown up around burnouts and travelled to every show in Australia. I guess it’s in the genes. But I just go out there and have fun. For me, it’s all about the burnout family. I love to hang out, have a chat and do skids with my mates. I’ve won a couple of comps now, but a win is just a bonus that helps you get to the next show. I get butterflies every time, but it all goes away when you get on the loud pedal. Even Dad says he gets nervous, and he’s been doing it for 30 years!”
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Unfortunately Jake has been out of action since the start of this year when he badly damaged his arm in a motor cross accident just before Street Machine Summernats 30. We wish him all the best and hope to see him back behind the wheel of SICKO very soon!
Driver: Jake Myers
Car: S1CKO, 1966 Ford Mustang
Engine: 302ci Windsor, World Man O’ War block, Littlefield 6/71 blower