Justen Brown is coming off a successful winter burnout campaign in [STRUGLIN] and is ready to return to Perth Motorplex for a crack at the $10,000 winner-takes-all prize at Badass Burnouts this Saturday night.
It has been a busy and productive time for Brown since he was last out at Kwinana, having won two comps and given [STRUGLIN] a refresh that includes a makeover in a darker candy apple red paint and an upgrade to a VF front end. It’s virtually a show car.
But it’s underneath the panels where this Holden wagon is really equipped to terrorise burnout comps across the country. There’s 1200 horsepower of blown small block Chev under the bonnet waiting to turn the tyres with a full chassis, ladder bar suspension and roll cage. If it sounds like it could be a race car just as much a burnout car, that’s probably because Brown plans on it being that way.
“It’s set up for racing now, it has a parachute mount on it and after Summernats we will give it some runs on the strip,” he said.
But big skids are very much the main priority. Like most of the burnout competitors, a strong crowd reaction is what keeps Brown coming back for me.
“I love getting to go against some of the biggest guys in Australia along with all the wins I have over the years,” he said. “But just being in it and being part of a growing burnout scene is awesome. When I started doing skids it was frowned on but now it is on TV and everything.
“My big goal is to make the crowd happy, thats why I started doing them – to make the crowd go stupid. I never forget that.”
Brown began competing in burnout comps when he saw all the fun happening at Motorvation. He had an original Brock Holden Commodore VK but for doing serious skids he needed a more purpose built ride and built the Holden ute [WONAGO].
The level was taken up a notch with [STRUGLIN] though and will be aiming to set the crowd alight – preferably not in the literal sense given his car’s propensity to set fire to the rear tyres. As spectacular as it is, Brown isn’t keen on seeing it happen again as stopping to put the fire out means losing points.
“We definitely don’t want it on fire, it puts you straight out of the comp and damages the car,” he said. “I’ve had to get the back end resprayed, recarpet the inside and replace some coilovers after fires.
“Because our cars are so well tuned and the air changes sometimes sh*t happens, but it’s something I’m trying not to do.”
Badass Burnouts (event details) spectator entry opens from 4pm, with skids from 6pm.