Video: Inside Look At Summernats Guinness World Record Burnout

Nobody knows who did the first burnout, but we suspect it occurred not long after the automobile was first built. Smoking the tires has become a time-honored tradition for any hot rodder, and they are performed all over the world at many drag racing events and car shows, in driveways, and on industrial park backroads.

But up until recently, there’s never been any sort of actual record for the most cars in one place at one time doing burnouts. Australian Summernationals Co-owner Andy Lopez decided his motorsports show was the perfect place to attempt to do so, and contacted the Guinness Book of World Records folks to find out what was required. A minimum of fifty cars was determined to be the set point for the record, and the Summernats participants not only met that mark but smashed it with a whopping 69 cars in one place at one time smoking the hides.

There is nothing like a burnout to put a huge grin on your face, and to be able to take part in the World Record event had to be the thrill of a lifetime. This awesome in-car video below comes from the passenger seat of the blown WILDMICK one-tonner (think El Camino) and appears to be shot from the middle of the pack of cars.

Just a couple of seconds in, the biggest burnout ever commences and vision, even inside the car, becomes a thing of the past.  The sound of all that horsepower is enough to give you goosebumps, and it’s even better when played through a 5.1 system with a proper subwoofer. The out-of-car video is even better, and to see all those Aussies crowded up against the fence to watch history being made is awesome. Because who doesn’t love a good smoky burnout? We sure do.

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Jason Reiss

Jason draws on over 15 years of experience in the automotive publishing industry, and collaborates with many of the industry's movers and shakers to create compelling technical articles and high-quality race coverage.
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