Australians break burnout record

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It's not big and it's not clever, but it can get you into the history books – a group of Australian car enthusiasts are the latest entrants into the Guinness Book of World Records, after performing the largest simultaneous burnout ever staged.

For the uninitiated, a burnout is the process of smoking your car's tyres – applying maximum power to keep the wheels spinning while the vehicle remains on the spot. It's the sort of thing you'd expect to see occuring in your local supermarket car park of an evening, and not at one of Australia's largest car festivals.

Despite looking straightforward, performing a burnout can be more difficult than it looks. Only 103 of the 107 assembled cars were counted for the record attempt, as four of the drivers didn't have the requisite clutch control to keep their tyres smoking for the 30 second time period set by Guinness.

However, quite how they adjudicated the event through the resultant thick cloud of smoke is anyone's guess.

Click play below to watch the successful record attempt as it happened.