Couper fired up for world record shot in burnouts

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Fishing - Tom Zaun­mayr

A tyre-screech­ing record is set to go up in smoke at Nickol Bay Speed­way on New Year’s Eve at the an­nual fire­works and de­mo­li­tion derby event.

Alan Couper will make a Guin­ness World Record at­tempt for the most cars do­ing a burnout on the back of a mov­ing ve­hi­cle by com­plet­ing at least two laps of the speed­way track with three cars on the back of his truck.

Bridge­stone Tyres has or­dered in coloured tyres to give the record at­tempt a bit more piz­zazz.

At the last reg­u­lar meet of 2016, Couper suc­cess­fully tri­alled a one-car burnout on his Kar­ratha Smash Re­pairs tow truck.

The demo derby has be­come a sta­ple of New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions over the past few years, with a few races, fire­works and the main event prov­ing pop­u­lar.

Speed­way pres­i­dent Brett Armstrong said mem­bers of the pub­lic were wel­come to at­tended or even get in­volved in the de­mo­li­tion derby.

“We are still build­ing cars for peo­ple which don’t have driv­ers, so if any­one wants to come for­ward they can get in con­tact with us,” he said. “We do have cars avail­able.”

Mr Armstrong said it would be a night for fam­i­lies, with the fire­works set to be a spec­ta­cle once again and with a bike race to be held for the chil­dren.

“I think this night will be to­tally spell­bind­ing, if I can use that word for it,” he said.

“The fire­works have been a big hit ev­ery year — the peo­ple who come up do an ex­cel­lent job for us.”

Gates open at 5pm, with rac­ing to start at 6.30pm.

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