Jim’s Blog: Are Burnouts Burnt-Out?

We’re shipping ACC issue #49 to press this week, just before Thanksgiving, but there’s still time to chime in on ACC’s Question of the Month. This question comes to us from Steve S, and it’s a good one:

How do you feel about the ever-increasing proliferation of burnout contests at car shows? I don’t think it’s just me, an admitted old fogey, that’s becoming more and more annoyed with such a wasteful, polluting, eye-burning, inane, destructive spectacle. 

We all know the purpose of burn-outs at the dragstrip – a necessary element of the science of that sort of racing. But even that is not taken to the point of destroying the tires. Far from it. 

Now look, I’ve loved cars – working on them, racing them, collecting them, everything about them – since I started working in my Dad’s garage at age 13, some 60 years ago. So though I’m an old fogey, I’m not a curmudgeon. I believe in letting everyone have fun as they see it until it impinges on others. And I think that’s what this burnout trend has started to do, especially as it begins to show up on the streets, as I’ve seen lately.

But maybe it’s just me. What do you think?

Are you a fan of roasted tires? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!

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  1. It is all good (smoky) fun until the tire shreds and the driver continues to flog it and beat up the quarter panels. THAT makes no sense