Rev it up at Spring­mount

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - COVER STORY - NICK DAL­TON

EX­CITE­MENT is build­ing as the sec­ond day of the in­au­gu­ral North­ern Nats Car Show at Spring­mount Race­way roars into ac­tion to­day.

The three day event has at­tracted some of the best burnout com­peti­tors in Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing na­tional cham­pion Gary My­ers with his fleet of cars, in­clud­ing Sicko, 2Isane and GM176.

Or­gan­iser Evan Yelavich said there was $30,000 prize money, in­clud­ing $20,000 for the best burnout, which had at­tracted par­tic­i­pants from through­out the coun­try.

“Gary My­ers has brought a trans­porter with six ve­hi­cles. All pur­pose-built burnout cars. Also com­ing is Lynchy (An­drew Lynch and his V8 LS1 Chev pow­ered Toy­ota Corolla). They are prob­a­bly the best known,” he said.

“Prob­a­bly 15 of the best burnout cars from Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and West Aus­tralia are here.

“There will be 70 cars in the burnout com­pe­ti­tion in all with other cars from Cairns, Townsville and Mackay.”

Also tak­ing part are Fred Wat­son from Perth and his 2005 Monaro burnout car “FEAR” and War­ren Gerske­owski from Toowoomba with his HG Holden ute “1 TUG HG”.

Mr Yelavich said there were 250 com­peti­tors over the three day week­end tak­ing part in the burnout com­pe­ti­tions, drag rac­ing and pow­er­skids.

“Peo­ple also can en­ter their cars in the show and shine and the dyno com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“This is the big­gest and best show of its kind in north Queens­land over three days (un­til to­mor­row),” he said.

“Come and see some of the tough­est cars in the coun­try com­pet­ing in drag rac­ing, pow­er­skids, burnouts, dyno and more for over $30,000 in prize money.”

Mr Yelavich is hop­ing for 10,000 peo­ple over­all, in­clud­ing spec­ta­tors and com­peti­tors.

“The big­gest day should be Satur­day. We are hop­ing for 5000,” he said.

“If we get 10,000 peo­ple over the week­end I’ll be very happy.”

Mr Yelavich said at least 1000 peo­ple were camp­ing.

“We have pre-sold 500 camp­ing passes, the com­peti­tors are camp­ing and more are ex­pected to buy tick­ets at the gate,” he said.

Mr Yelavich said ex­tra toi­lets

SHOW AND SHINE

Avail­able to ev­ery­one. Car does not need to be scru­ti­neered if you are only en­ter­ing the show and shine. If you en­ter the show and shine you can also use the cruise route, and en­ter the Go to Whoa, there are no prizes, it’s to­tally a fun event. There is no pav­il­ion at the venue, so all cars will be on dis­play on ei­ther the grass oval, or the bi­tu­men ar­eas around the venue.

DYNO COMP

Lim­ited spots avail­able for a max­i­mum of 60 cars in a first in, best dressed for­mat. All dyno en­trants have ac­cess to the cruise route and Go to and show­ers had been sup­plied.

He said he be­lieved prob­lems with the ca­ter­ing sys­tem, in­volv­ing food tick­ets, had been sorted out.

“We have big shade sails too. That was one of the other Whoa with all en­trants to ar­rive by 10am Satur­day at the lat­est.

DRAG RAC­ING

Lim­ited spots avail­able for a max­i­mum of 100 cars in the drag rac­ing, first in best com­plaints on the open­ing day that there was not enough shade,” Mr Yelavich said.

He said tonight there would be live bands and

en­ter­tain­ing and bars for peo­ple to buy beer and other dressed. Cars must be scru­ti­neered and has to be In­ter­na­tional Hot Rod As­so­ci­a­tion com­pli­ant with ap­pro­pri­ate IHRA tech and safety gear. Bikes are wel­come to race but won’t be run in a sep­a­rate al­co­holic drinks. Bring­ing in al­co­hol is banned.

Mr Yelavich urged spec­ta­tors to en­joy the three days, obey the rules and reg­u­la­tions both in­side and out­side the event.

POW­ER­SKIDS

Lim­ited spots avail­able for a max­i­mum of 50 cars. Hel­mets, longs, tail shaft loop, over­flow bot­tle, seat­belts and en­closed shoes re­quired. There is a tro­phy and prize money for the win­ner.

BURNOUTS

Enough tyres to do four burnouts, ra­di­a­tor over­flow bot­tle, tail shaft loop, longs, en­closed shoes, hel­mets, no wheel weights, no car to start

He said there would be po­lice at the event and pa­trolling the roads around the race­way. “We want ev­ery­one to have a safe and en­joy­able time,” Mr Yelavich said. in gear. All qual­i­fied cars do three burnouts, Fri­day night, Satur­day night and Sun­day af­ter­noon. Scores from all three burnouts av­er­aged, car with the high­est av­er­age score wins. Top 20 plate for the top 20 cars and the win­ner gets the North­ern Nat’s Burnout Cham­pion Tro­phy and $20,000 in cash.

CAR OF THE SHOW

Must en­ter Show and Shine and at least two in Dyno, Pow­er­skids, Drag Rac­ing or Burnouts. Win­ner gets the North­ern Nat’s car of the show tro­phy and prize money.

READY, SET, GO: War­ren Gerske­owski's Hold­ene HG ute (left, Fred Wat­son's 2005 Holden Monaro from Perth (cen­tre) and a VL Com­modore are three of the stars at the North­ern Nats Car Show at Spring­mount Race­way.

CHAM­PION: Gary My­ers with his 1966, 302 Su­per­charged Wind­sor.

DRAW­CARD: An­drew Lynch with his Toy­ota Corolla.

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