Shine on and burn rub­ber

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

AUTO FEST: In just three short years, Monto’s Auto Fes­ti­val has gone from a mates get-to­gether to a ma­jor petrol-head event.

En­thu­si­asts came from Queens­land and abroad to have a run around on the burnout track or show off their pas­sion pro­jects at the show and shine car line.

Ro­gan Burgess from Rock­hamp­ton, win­ner of the Best Over­all prize for his 1976 Holden ton­ner, said he had been do­ing up cars for as long as he could drive them.

“I’ve al­ways fixed them, painted them, done what­ever I have to do to make them look and feel good,” Burgess said.

“I’ve done a lot of smaller lo­cal shows in Black­wa­ter, Bilo and Monto, and I think six out of seven shows I’ve won.”

With his cur­rent pas­sion project vir­tu­ally fin­ished, Burgess is look­ing at start­ing up a ‘Rat Rod’, a 1940s-style of cus­tom car with a rusted up body and hot-rod engine.

“No bon­net, no guards, just a cab on a chas­sis with a turbo six-cylin­der engine in it,” he said.

“It’s not go­ing to be pretty, I want it to be old and dirty.

“It’s a big thing in Amer­ica but they’re catch­ing on here.”

While the en­thu­si­asts showed off at the show and shine, the main event was the burnouts go­ing on at the main track.

Any­thing ca­pa­ble of mak­ing it to the show could line up to burn rub­ber.

Bur­nett Auto Club sec­re­tary Melissa Brown said roughly 31 cars went through.

“It’s a new sport, so reg­u­la­tions are al­ways two steps for­ward, an­other step back,” Brown said.

“It’s been a good show over­all. It’s an en­thu­si­ast thing, you ei­ther love it or hate it.”

LIFE PAS­SION: Ro­gan Burgess worked hard to make his 1976 HX Holden one-ton­ner stand out. PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

Smok­ing burnouts.

Driv­ers stuck around for some ex­tra fun.

Spec­ta­tors ad­mire the work on the Show and Shine ve­hi­cles.

Show and Shine cars look­ing pris­tine in the morn­ing sun.

The first burnout of the day.

This white Com­modore was lin­ing up for an­other go.

The long smoke-trail of the law.

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