Shine on and burn rubber
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
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.