Brashernats 2019 - The biggest burnout event in the southern hemisphere
A showcase of the best burnout drivers in the Southern Hemisphere put their vehicles through their paces at Sydney Dragway.
And while these kind of events don’t always live up to the hype, it’s fair to say no one left Eastern Creek disappointed.
For the uninitiated, Brashernats is one of the biggest events in competitive burnout driving, and easily Australia’s (and maybe even the world’s) largest single day showcase of the sport.
The Brashernats crowd don’t do things by half measure and always start to file in bright and early. The official burnout competition kicked off at 9:30am and there was already plenty of people on the grandstand side.
With three Summernats Masters tickets up for grabs (not to mention bragging rights) there was plenty to play for and this year’s competition wasn’t going to leave anything to chance.
One of the early highlights came from driver Brad Kelly, who shifted the competition up a couple of gears with a top notch performance behind the wheel of Hammertime.
For the uninitiated, burnouts are scored on smoke and driver skill, and Kelly had plenty of both on display in his drive. Purple pink plumes of smoke really got the crowd going as he skidded around the track.
And the crowd at this year’s Brashernats certainly didn’t disappoint.
Brashernats crowds are always up for a good day of competitive burnout driving and this year’s crowd seem to dial it up or too which made for an incredible atmosphere. Drivers at burnout events tend to feed off the energy of the crowd, which is why having such a great crowd really made this event stick out.
Adam Ursino from Blown Outlaws who also put on an impressive display, said the crowd support is a huge part of what makes Brashernats such a big event.
“It’s just an incredible atmosphere and the crowd and having fun,” said Ursino.
“It’s all about having fun and putting on a show for the crowd.”
Another driver who impressed the crowd early on was Heather Lee in her Holden Commodore. While her car might not have looked like much to those who are uninitiated with the sport, a lot of work has gone into getting every possible rev out of her vehicle and it turned into an incredible driving performance.
Mick Jamber also deserves a special mention for an incredible driver early on in the day that really lifted the crowd and kicked the event into a new gear.
It’s very easy to stick with the burnouts at Brashernats, and while that’s certainly the main event if you ever head down it’s worth checking out the Show and Shine.
At the Show and Shine the drivers open up their vehicles to be examined to the nth degree, and you really get a sense of appreciation to the skill, technical ability and craftsmanship that goes into making these incredible vehicles work.
In the end of the day there could only be one winner and that was Mick Fuller. Mick, Linda and the team have done some incredible things with LSONE and they thoroughly deserved to take out the top gong.
Brashernats always promises big and always manages to live up to expectations. The competition was fierce but in the best possible way, the crowd was great and the setup was outstanding. If you’re a dedicated revhead or even casually interested in this element of the Motorsport world Brashernats is certainly one event you can’t miss.
Ben Squires is a freelance writer based in Sydney interested in all things travel, finance and comedy.