69 cars break world record at Summernats festivals in Canberra, Australia Enlarge Photo
Each year there is a car festival held in the Australian capital Canberra. Called Summernats, short for Summer Nationals, the festival attracts revheads of all kinds and is particularly well-known for its burnout competition.
This year organizers took the burnout competition to a whole new level.
Instead of an individual entry, a total of 69 owners and their cars completed a simultaneous burnout and in the process set a new world record.
Australia’s The Age
reports that Summernats organizers were told they would need more than 50 cars to simultaneously spin their tires in order to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The famous observer of records had representative Chris Sheedy on hand to oversee the proceedings.
In front of a crowd of more than 10,000 last Friday, the 69 cars, with a combined output of more than 30,000 horsepower, spun their wheels for a period of 30 seconds and in the process created a thick cloud of smoke than enveloped all the cars.
Once the smoke receded, it was revealed that one of the cars suffered a blown engine. Ironically, it was the car of Summernats founder Chic Henry that was damaged.
Note, a similar record was broken in the U.S. just last year. That record was the highest number of simultaneous donuts, which 75 drivers set
in the parking lot of California’s Infineon Raceway last March.
Check out the new Summernats burnout record in the video below. And for more burnout goodness, click here