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Summernats world record burnout entrants show off unique vehicles

Bendigo's Paul Mulcahy and Mt Pritchard's Andrew Cobb showed just how broad a church the street machine community can be when they turned up for Thursday's successful Summernats world record burnout attempt.

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Summernats burnout world record attempt 2015

More than 100 cars did a burnout at Summernats at the same time, which organisers believe is a new world record.

Their choices of cars were, to say the least, a little eccentric and very different from the usual "Falcodore" or worked over piece of American iron.

Mr Cobb was the coolest man on the burnout track by virtue of his Subaru Sambar ice-cream van while Mr Mulcahy revisited the best of British with his 1958 Austin Lancer.

The little Subaru, believed to have begun life as a 1980 or 1981 model, was originally powered by a 600cc two-stroke two cylinder that probably started life as a motorcycle powerplant.

It has now been replaced by a late model, fuel injected, 5.7 litre General Motors V8 that develops around 300 kilowatts.

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Because the new motor is much larger the car has been redesigned along the same lines as a Ferrari or a Lamborghini with the engine in the middle of vehicle. It, like many of the unique creations that push the envelope of creative engineering at Summernats each year, arrived on the back of a track.

"You couldn't drive it [on the road]," Mr Cobb said. "It doesn't have a rear suspension. This is a burnout car pure and simple; we have other cars but this is for fun."

The aftermath of the Summernats 2015 burnout world record attempt.
The aftermath of the Summernats 2015 burnout world record attempt. Photo: David Ellery

Mr Mulcahy's early Austin, a vehicle rarely loved in its salad days and even less well regarded today, is a big brother to the Austin A40 in which Peter Brock originally honed his skills. And, like that car, it bears only a passing resemblance under the bonnet to what the British engineers originally conceived.

"I've fitted a twin turbocharged Buick V6; essentially the same motor as was in the [early] Commodores," he said. "Before I turbocharged it the car would cover the standing quarter in 10.9 seconds and exit at 126 miles per hour [201.6 km/h]."

Paul Mulcahy with his Austin Lancer took part in the Summernats world record burnout.
Paul Mulcahy with his Austin Lancer took part in the Summernats world record burnout. Photo: David Ellery

Mr Mulcahy was making his first visit to Summernats since 2005.

"I've always loved the event; it is just a question of time," he said. "I run my own business [a clutch and brake service], have five kids and also enjoy fishing."

He loves events such as Summernats because they are an opportunity to use the car, not just show it off.

Asked about its "distressed" exterior, he is quick to say it is not one of the "rat rods" that are increasingly popular.

"That movement sprang up after I built my car," he said.