Watch as Aussies set burnout record

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IOL mot pic jan7 Summernats Burnout Reuters About 30 tyres were shredded during the record burnout.

American street racers do it a quarter of a mile at a time, English Hot Hatch Harries make as much noise as they can without actually going very far or very fast, Japanese drifters hold their Celicas elegantly sideways on the ragged edge of car control - but there is something quintessentially Australian about mass burnouts.

Only at an Antipodean car festival would dozens of hoons incinerate thousands of dollars' worth of expensive performance rubber just to see how much blue smoke they can make.

Oh, and to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.

According to the guys at Guinness, the standing record for the largest number of cars spinning their rear wheels simultaneously was 49. Until last weekend, when no fewer than 69 participants at the annual Summernats Car Festival in Canberra got lit up at the same time to set a new benchmark.

No Cyril, 69; Channel 7 got it wrong.

Guinness rules require that the tyres have to spin for 10 seconds to qualify for the record and, when the smoke cleared, organisers found that about 30 of them had burst during the record attempt.

But the record stands - until next year's Summernats, in all probability. As we said: only in Australia...

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