The big­gest lit­tle grass­roots skid show in the land is a fam­ily af­fair


WHEN it comes to burnout comps away from the Street Ma­chine Sum­mer­nats main stage, the Ul­ti­mate Burnout Chal­lenge (UBC) is the big kahuna. Now nine years strong, UBC started with a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween two leg­ends of the sport, Clint Ogilvie and Steven Loader, while they were cruis­ing home to Mel­bourne from a burnout show in Queens­land.

“We got think­ing: Us guys with th­ese crazy blown and in­jected en­gines are spend­ing a for­tune on our cars and trav­el­ling around to events all over the coun­try,” Clint re­calls. “It’d be nice to see the pro­mot­ers put up a bit more prize money.”

Back then the most you could ex­pect to take home for win­ning a burnout comp was only around $5000, with most events barely cough­ing up four fig­ures.

“We just thought, we’re the ones putting on the show here, and the sport ain’t cheap, so why not do our own thing and give back to the guys that are out there spend­ing big and putting on a show for ev­ery­one,” Clint con­tin­ues.

With that in mind, the first UBC saw a $10,000 first-place prize – un­heard of back in 2008. “Since we’d been go­ing to so many comps, we also fig­ured out what we liked and didn’t like, so when we went with UBC we made our main pri­or­ity the en­trants. If we look af­ter the peo­ple com­ing in the back door, they’ll look af­ter the peo­ple com­ing in the front door,” Clint says.

Not that it was all plain sail­ing. “Our first event at Avalon Air­port was a dis­as­ter,” Clint says. “It rained, the pits turned to mud be­cause there was no paved pit area, cars got bogged. But we made sure we kept ev­ery­one in the loop and they were all re­ally un­der­stand­ing and came back again the next year. I guess we were lucky in that we’d been around the scene and we knew most of the peo­ple.”

But you can’t run a suc­cess­ful event for nine years based purely on the fact that you know peo­ple, and UBC has stood the test of time be­cause it is gen­uinely one of the best – if not the best – burnout events in the coun­try.

Last year, UBC went to Bal­larat Air­port for its first

run­ning out­side of Avalon. It was also my first UBC ex­pe­ri­ence and I doubt I’ll ever for­get it – the crowd was nuts and the cars were out-of-this­world awe­some.

“When I see the cars in the stag­ing lanes, I think I’d rather stay here and watch than miss it, even though I’ve got a job to do,” Clint says. “It gives me goose­bumps some­times; it’s very rare that we have shit cars.

“Last year at Bal­larat was so big, they couldn’t have us back again this year; they just couldn’t han­dle the num­bers.”

This year’s show, held at Winton Race­way in March, was no dif­fer­ent. “I think this year’s field was hon­estly the best we’ve ever had,” Clint says.

It’s hard to ar­gue with the man; Scott Tay­lor and I were pad-side live-stream­ing the bulk of the event for the best part of six hours, and even once the juice in our gear ran out we couldn’t take our eyes off the ac­tion. You know it’s been an in­sane show when you’ve been watch­ing burnouts all day and still don’t want to leave.

“Winton was a re­ally good venue,” Clint says. “Be­ing a ded­i­cated mo­tor­sport fa­cil­ity they had garages in the pits and ev­ery­one was re­ally good to work with. We’ll be hav­ing our 10th event there next year, and we’re work­ing with them to pro­vide more grand­stand seat­ing for the spec­ta­tors, pos­si­bly ex­pand­ing the pad and im­prov­ing the bar­ri­ers.”

So keep an eye on UBC’S Face­book page for when dates are an­nounced for next year’s 10th Ul­ti­mate Burnout Chal­lenge at Winton Race­way. It’s go­ing to be mas­sive!

Shawn Karn has had a run of bad luck re­cently with his 400ci blown and in­jected KARNGE VS Com­modore. This time ’round the diff breather let go, spray­ing hot oil un­der the tyres and she went up, burn­ing plenty of the rear body­work. Shawn gave her another run later in the day, but it still just wanted to set fire to the pad

Andrew Lynch was as ex­cit­ing as ever in his Ls-pow­ered Corolla, LYNCHY. Ev­ery time I see the guy skid it looks like he’s get­ting cra­zier and cra­zier with each tip-in, and when he pulls it off it’s bloody in­sane. In two out of his three skids at UBC he ended up in the gravel at the end of the pad, but his fi­nal at­tempt was ab­so­lute magic Phil Ker­jean was one of a hand­ful of driv­ers that got a bit too cosy with the wall on tip-in. I reckon the slop­ing an­gle of the Winton Race­way burnout pad caught a few driv­ers by sur­prise. Steve and Clint are look­ing into ex­pand­ing the pad and pos­si­bly cor­rect­ing the down­ward slope for next year Michael Jam­bor’s blown HZ ute, FORCED, was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some sus­pen­sion tune-up is­sues and, just like Derek Zoolan­der, had a hard time turn­ing left, re­sult­ing in a love-tap with the wall dur­ing pad en­try. If the car looks fa­mil­iar, it’s be­cause it used to be owned by Brett Nid­drie, the bloke be­hind a lot of the bad-arse burnout en­gines in the scene

A strong con­tin­gent of cars made the trek east from Perth, in­clud­ing Matt Pur­nell in BLACKOUT and Justen Brown in STRUGLIN. True to its name, Justen’s Com­modore wagon was strug­gling with a bro­ken trans­mis­sion and didn’t get the tyres off. Matty, on the other hand, was killing it in his Holden ute and claimed sec­ond place for the event Mick Ha­mon’s WIDE OPEN HSV Club­sport was one of sev­eral toughies that came over from WA, and it seems to have an ap­petite for killing head gas­kets and catch­ing fire. Dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing it had a pretty nasty tyre fire un­der the arse-end, while in the fi­nal it was the en­gine bay that was ablaze

Adrian Froon was putting the blown 318ci Chrysler in his AP5 Valiant through some se­ri­ous rpm be­fore she caught fire dur­ing his sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing skid

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