Burnout world record set at Summernats 32, 126 cars smoking

January 14, 2019

This year’s Summernats 32 car festival in Canberra saw a new record planted into the Guinness World Record books. What was the record for exactly? A massive burnout, of course.

More specifically though, the record involved 126 vehicles performing a simultaneous burnout, beating the previous record of 119 vehicles. The previous record was set in Saudi Arabia, however, Summernats has previously held the record on two other occasions. Brian Sobel, official Guinness World Record Adjudicator, said:

“On behalf of Guinness World Records, Summernats has broken the record for the Largest Simultaneous Burnout, with 126 cars. It was great to see Summernats committing to their third claim of this world record. Everyone came together in an event with a lot of history and Guinness was proud to be part of it all.”

Summernats organisers say the stunt involved around a year worth of planning. From gathering the participants and their high-powered machines, to coordinating the safety and event management, organises say it was a mammoth logistical undertaking.

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The stunt took place at the dedicated Burnout Track area, which features heavy-duty barriers as well as a big stadium for spectators. This is the facility that’s used for the official burnout competition which runs throughout the four-day festival. Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez said:

“We are absolutely stoked to smash the burnout world record. We think Australia and Summernats is the home of burnouts and everyone involved was determined to take it back.”

PerformanceDrive was on attendance at this year’s event. Watch out for the full feature story and mega gallery, coming soon.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.