Clive burns it up for world record
ECHUCA-MOAMA revheads rejoice — you are now part of a Guiness World Record.
It is all thanks to Australia’s tilt at the largest simultaneous tyre burnout held at this year’s Summernats.
The four-day festival of modified vehicle and street machines in Canberra drew in more than 100,000 people and about 2000 cars.
One of those cars was the blue 1977 HZ Holden Kingswood of EchucaMoama’s Clive Polidano.
Clive took his son William to Summernats with plans to cruise and relax and enjoy the sights and sounds.
Instead, they were caught up in the middle of a perfect storm of burning rubber and a wall of smoke as Australia reclaimed its mantle as the greatest burnout nation of the world.
Summernats previously held the world record for largest simultaneous tyre burnout with 103 cars shredding their tyres in the one place at the one time.
However, in 2017 Saudi Arabia stole the crown, surprising many with an impressive 119-car burnout.
Clive’s role in the world record attempt was a spur of the moment thing.
‘‘I was conservative while I was packing to go to Summernats,’’ he said.
‘‘I didn’t put another set of tyres in because I had no intention of going in it (the burnout attempt).
‘‘But then you get up there and you just get caught up in it.’’
Spinning your wheels alongside 125 other cars to the point where you can no longer see outside the windscreen due to the heavy smoke was a freakish experience.
‘‘That was pretty awesome,’’ Clive said.
‘‘We had 126 cars. We needed more than 119 to beat the record so we did well.’’
‘‘It was pretty epic. At one point we shut the car off while the burnouts were still running and the young bloke looked at me and I looked at him and now we know what it’s like to be stuck in the middle of a cyclone.
‘‘The roar around us was incredible and you could not see anything because of the smoke. It was pretty cool.’’
Given the experience, it’s no surprise to hear Clive’s assessment of the trip to Summernats.
‘‘We had an awesome time up there,’’ he said.
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Now we know what it’s like to be stuck in the middle of a cyclone. The roar around us was incredible and you could not see anything because of the cool. ’ smoke. It was pretty
Street is a section called Skid Lane where drivers could legally perform skids without landing in trouble with the law.
‘‘We took advantage of that,’’ Clive said.
Of the top 60 cars, there were 17 unveilings which are those cars that have been monitored with anticipation the last couple of years during their build and are now completed.
‘‘The 17 unveilings were really top level,’’ Clive said.
‘‘It was a big weekend and a lot more family oriented this year, too.’’
‘‘My young bloke William is 14 and he’s now been to 12 Summernats.’’
Clive said he ran into other Echuca-Moama people at Summernats, such as Paul Milne, but good mate Scott Hore was unable to make it due to injury. ■ It is worth logging on to watch the incredible footage of the Summernats 2019 Burnout World Record on YouTube.