The competitive burnout scene has attracted all manner of revheads and each has their own reason for wanting to experience the thrill of spinning the tyres in front of thousands of screaming fans this weekend at Burnout Boss at Perth Motorplex.
For Glenn Auld, the owner of the Chrysler Scorpion named NUCKINFUTS (don’t try saying that if you are dyslexic), he wanted a place to enjoy the kinds of behaviours that aren’t acceptable on public roads any more.
“I enjoy throwing the car around and doing what you’re not meant to do on the street,” he said. “You can fry the tyres without worrying about getting away from the cops.”
The Scorpion is something of a rarity in any car scene, let alone in burnout comps. Auld said he got the car with no driveline and simply wondered if a 308 Holden V8 would fit. But something more befitting the Chrysler brand was needed.
“There is a compliance plate on the vehicle that says to always use genuine Chrysler parts,” Auld joked. “So we then removed the 308 and pieced together a 318 with lots of goodies from Ebay USA. Ran that combination on virgin bore with lots of piston slap, but it never locked up when it got hot.”
Over the years the motor has been progessively upgraded with forged pistons, roller rockers and new cylinder heads. Lurking in the corner of Auld’s shed is a 6-71 supercharger which he said may come out eventually.
As far as Burnout Boss goes this Saturday night, Auld simply wants to show that you can have fun without spending huge dollars. He reckons that some of the Motorplex regulars are racing for sheep stations!
“We all know you can’t compete against people that spend 30 thousand dollars on their motors. I do it for fun – not for the money. Too many people at the Motorplex doing burnouts take it too seriously!”
Meanwhile, Tim Bourne in MADWRECK says his brother got him hooked on burnouts when he went passenger in a car. He’s been doing it ever since.
“The best part of doing a burnout is the tip in and when the tyres let go and you get to jump out of the car to see the the crowd’s reaction,” he said.
Bourne’s 1984 VK Calais has an LS1 up front making 380 horsepower at the wheels and it was built from the ground up with his brother and friends.
“For Burnout Boss my goal is to go in hard, get the tyres off and put on a good show for the crowd.”
Burnout Boss begins from 5pm this Saturday.