Clive burns it up for world record

The Riverine Herald - - ECHUCA MOAMA AUTO - By David Chap­man

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.

A new ini­tia­tive along Tuff

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.

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