Western Australia’s biggest burnout event takes place this Friday at Perth Motorplex with 98 entrants converging on the Kwinana Beach venue.
Good Friday Burnout King, with its $10,000 first prize, is the most sought after title in WA for the competitive burnout scene, which has been growing in leaps and bounds in recent years.
While Holden and Ford-bodied vehicles tend to make up most of the field, Jason Fletcher likes to do things a little differently and will be taking his Nissan Patrol on to the purpose-built burnout pad.
Growing up, Fletcher and his family would enjoy four wheel driving around Wedge Island, while his father owned a 1967 Camaro. That combination of boxy SUV and performance has come together in a vehicle known as ‘Ruckus’.
“I like to be myself and to be different 0 not everyone has to have a Commodore,” he said.
The Patrol has a Chev L98 transplanted underneath the hood, with 445 horsepower being pushed out.
“I don’t really have anything further planned with the car other than to use and abuse it at more competitions.”
Fletcher has travelled as far afield as Canberra to perform with the car but is looking forward to the home crowd roaring for Good Friday. With thousands of spectators expected to attend, Fletcher said the burnout pad at the Motorplex is unique.
“The atmosphere of the Motorplex is amazing, they just get so into it, and the Good Friday burnouts are on another level.”
There is also a special twin burnout planned for after the competition where Fletcher will go side by side with fellow burnout competitor Colin Byrne.
“I am looking forward to the double skid, hopefully Colin and I can be our usual selves and make sure we miss each other!”