It’s a must for an Australian car enthusiast to experience a true blue burnout event. It’s simply un-Australian if you haven’t yet.
Burnouts are a huge part of motoring culture. Burnout Outlaws allow it to exist in a safe and controlled environment. This was the first time I got to capture burnouts on camera. As a photographer, I wasn’t disappointed. Flames, smoke and superchargers are the perfect recipe for a mental motoring performance.
Up for grabs was the ultimate prize of $5,000 and entry to the biggest burnout event of the year, Summernats.
First, drivers crab walk their car towards the burnout pad with smoke bellowing out from the rears. The tip in kick starts a tornado of smoke around the pad. As the drivers attempt to cover as much ground as possible to earn points, clouds of smoke swallow the grandstand, it seems that breathing in air is an unnecessary luxury. You’d think it was a scene out of Mad Max but this ain’t Hollywood, this is Straya!
I don’t know how the drivers maneuver around without hitting walls engulfed in their own smoking carnage.
There were a few nudges into the wall but nothing major. The carnage / hardluck award was $200. Sure, it’s not much but it would more than cover a case of beer and better than a kick in the pants.
Each competitor proudly wears a fake registration plate, like a badge of honour on the bumper. A badge of honour that is a nickname, a style, a team, a car.
When you look at the event as a whole you can see the support and respect everyone has for each other. In November 2015, Nathan CMEFRY Allen lost his fight to depression, unfortunately he’s not the only one to suffer.
Burnout Outlaws were fundraising for Beyond Blue and many cars were raising awareness for depression with sticker displays of CMEFRY and #itaintweaktospeak. Memories of burnouts never die. Badges of honour live on.
The Mad Turk tip in
Jake Myers SICKO took out best burnout in the Pro Class
The famous BLWNLUX