Putting the burn into the burnouts at Autofest

ALL roads led to Mount Panorama on the weekend for the third annual Valvoline Autofest.

Organisers of the highly successful car festival scheduled another high-octane event and the record crowd of more than 5000 visitors were not disappointed.

The festival featured an outdoor show ‘n’ shine, super sprints, tradedisplays and “All Mighty Burnout” competition, complete with flames.

Operations manager Les Adams said yesterday it was a record-breaking year.

“We had excellent weather. As you know, the storms went around us and the sun gods were on our side,” he said.

“We got the largest crowd we’ve ever had. At a guess, I’d say we had over 5000 people [attending the two-day event].”

Mr Adams said Saturday was basically an elimination day, where those with the fastest times went through to the second day.

Sunday hosted the finals, super sprints along Pit Straight and the ever- popular burnoutcompetition.

Mr Adams said theburnout competition was the highlight of the two-day event. A couple of cars even caught on fire.

“It [the fires] are not a big concern. Those cars are set up for situations like that. They have all thesafety equipment on board,” he said.

“Fires [in burnoutcompetitions] are acommon occurrence. That’s what makes it so popular with the crowds – it’s the spectacle of the event.”

Mr Adams said the burnout competition attracted more than 100 entries.

“It was so big we almost ran out of time. On Saturday we had a curfew of 6pm and the last carfinished at 5.59pm,” he said.

Mr Adams also said this year there were a lot of female entrants.

DRAMATIC: Flames accompanied some of the efforts in the burnout competition at the Valvoline Autofest held on the weekend, but it wasn’t an unusual occurrence, according to one of the officials. Photo: WARREN HAWKLESS 030914wburnout2

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