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The first burnout…
The first burnout…
...and another burnout.
Ben, the crazy contender.

Newcastle Burnouts

Thursday, October 19, 2000
Every third Friday at the Newcastle Speedway, you can be part of the Promac Burnout Series. People pay to thrash their cars and blow up their engines — or just to watch.

Every third Friday the Newcastle Speedway at Old Punt Road, Tomago, becomes the site of the Promac Burnout Series. People pay to thrash their cars and blow up their engines — or to watch this being done. Entrants travel at speeds of about 200kph around the three-kilometre track.

Anything driveable can be entered into the competition — including go-karts, army jeeps, Mercedes Benzes, a chainsaw-powered mountain bike, a hearse, trucks and every conceivable make of car, including a well-known Sigma called Pigma, fluoro-painted and with flashing lights, fireworks and a mailbox on the bonnet.

This action-packed entertainment let's you do what would be dangerous and illegal on the street — in a safe but exciting and controlled environment. These nights certainly have the blessing of the Newcastle police.

Wade Aunger and David Lander run the Burnouts and like to have professional drivers along to make a celebrity appearance. They not only add to the entertainment for the night, but stress safety as well.

Cars are nominated on the night — there is no pre-entry system, except during the Nationals, a two-day event in February.

Classes of competition are four-cylinder, six-cylinder, V8, ladies, modified or improved motor capacity and motorcycles and there are around 100 burnouts a night, involving 60 to 80 drivers.

Entrants line up next to the 20m x 25m pad and are called one at a time to do their 90-second burnout. In that time three judges watch and award points out of 10, based on the amount of smoke, crowd reaction, spectacular nature of the drive and whether tyres are blown — which is a plus in a burnout.

Four fire officials and two paramedics attend each meeting and drivers must wear protective clothing, though helmets are an option.


Two-and-a-half hours north of Sydney.


It costs $10 to enter and $8 admission to watch Burnouts. Children under 12 are admitted free. Celebrity events cost $10 admission.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Newcastle Burnouts
Ph: (02) 9367 0411
Fax: (02) 9637 7333

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