Biloela’s own burnout king

Driver shares tricks on how to smoke a good burnout

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cap­news.com.au

PURE VIC­TORY: Biloela boy Quentin Rogers couldn’t hide the ex­cite­ment of win­ning the V8 burnouts at Biloela Aut­ofeste.

BILOELA’S Quentin Rogers knows how to do a good burnout.

Mr Rogers took home the top prize in the Biloela Aut­ofeste’s V8 Burnout Com­pe­ti­tion with his 1998 XR8 Ford Fal­con.

But the car al­most didn’t make it to the event.

Mr Rogers spent the night be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion work­ing on his car and then spent an­other three-and-a-half hours work­ing on it on the morn­ing of the event.

But all that time and hard work was worth it when he won.

Mr Rogers said the coil had no spark but he even­tu­ally tracked down the prob­lem to the dis­trib­u­tor.

Mr Rogers was des­per­ate to take part in the event, hav­ing taken time off work and with friends from Emer­ald and Gin Gin in town to com­pete and watch.

So he and his mates knuck­led down and got it fixed just in time for the scruni­teer­ing check-over.

Mr Rogers, a fa­ther of five daugh­ters, has had the car for about four years and said it was a pur­pose built skid car.

He said the car had been a bit tem­per­a­men­tal and he was al­ways tin­ker­ing with it on week­ends.

Luck­ily, it played ball on Satur­day for the comp.

“I man­aged to get four two-minute runs in it.

“I got to park it up in the shed and not have to fix it again.”

Mr Rogers, who hails from New Zealand and has been in Biloela for six years, said he couldn’t be­lieve his ears when he heard that he had won.

“I was re­ally sur­prised, there was a lot of good cars out there,” he said.

“I was not think­ing I was go­ing to get first place.

“It is a bit hard to see when you are sit­ting in the car.

“Ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy the show I put on.”

A mem­ber of the Cal­lide Val­ley Car Club, Mr Rogers gets his prac­tice in on the lo­cal skid pad.

He said he first got in­volved in car com­pe­ti­tions about four years ago.

“It’s just a hobby, I en­joy cars and gives me a bit of time out,” Mr Rogers said.

“I get out there and en­joy it with other guys who are like minded, it’s a good at­mos­phere and the fam­ily en­joys watch­ing it.”

This win is his big­gest suc­cess, hav­ing com­peted in other burnout com­pe­ti­tions in the re­gion, in­clud­ing at Emer­ald, Bund­aberg and Mary­bor­ough.

“There is sur­pris­ingly a lot around when you look into it,” he said.

Mr Rogers placed sec­ond at Be­narby’s Hec­tic Skids four weeks ago and came fin­ished sev­enth in the Bund­aberg event.

While rel­a­tively new to com­pe­ti­tion, Mr Rogers said he has al­ways been into cars and he grew up around en­gines.

“My fa­ther was a car nut, and I have a nice show car I

don’t like do­ing that sort of stuff in,” he said.

Mr Rogers, who works at Lee Crane Hire as a crane op­er­a­tor, shared some of his se­crets to burnout suc­cess.

“Try and get good smoke, keep the car on the pad, keep the crowd en­ter­tained,” he said.

He said this year’s Aut­ofeste had been a good day out.

“They had a lot of cars out there and a lot of peo­ple en­joyed them­selves.”

Mr Rogers said he was grate­ful to the car club and the Ro­tary Club for putting the event on and also to his spon­sors, Lee Crane Hire, KDS and ProTrain.

PHOTO: TONI O’CON­NOR

PHO­TOS: TONI O'CON­NOR

BURNOUT WIN­NER: Quentin Rogers on his vic­tory lap for win­ning the V8 burnout com­pe­ti­tion at Biloela Aut­ofeste.

Quentin Rogers on his way to win­ning V8 burnout com­pe­ti­tion.

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