HAILING from Townsville, just getting to a burnout comp is a major exercise for Summernats 29 Burnout Master, Andrew Pool, and he does it without breaking the budget.
By winning Burnout Masters, Andrew showed you don’t need a mega-cube, blown and injected combo to beat the best. The first thing he yelled when his name was announced was: “Carburettors all the way!”
We had a quick chat after to find out how he went about it taking down some of the sport’s biggest names.
How does it feel to win Burnout Masters?
I’m a bit shocked, really. The time barrier [60 second minimum] was playing on my mind a bit. I hoped I would go better than the fourth I got last year, but I never thought I’d go first.
How did you keep the tyres on the car for the full minute?
We timed it once and the tyres usually only last about 55 seconds, so I tried to pull some revs out of it. I got the 60 seconds for once!
You still revved the ring out of it, though! Tell us about the combo.
It’s nothing special, just a 350 with a 6/71 and twin 950s on methanol. It’s just a strong combo that can handle big rpm.
Living in Townsville must mean a lot of travel to go to events.
I leave the car down south for half the year at a mate’s place and fly to the comps.
That’s the smart way to do it! Was it always a skid car?
It was set up for skids and drags, but you have to line up too long in drag racing and the prizemoney is better in burnouts.
And who’s this little bloke with you?
My son, Cooper. He’s six and drove down with us from Townsville. It took 27 hours and he didn’t complain once. I had a clutch slave cylinder shit itself and I had to drive for 1000 kilometres with no clutch!