One of the most popular spectator events at Corvettes at Carlisle is the annual burnout contest and this year’s tire-shredding competition did not disappoint! The burnout competition held late Friday afternoon featured one of the largest fields in several years which include four competitors along with two exhibitions.
First to get the crowd warmed up was the opening exhibition by Ella Miller and her Kerbeck GoKart Corvette. With help from her dad Lance Miller and a blue smoke bomb, Ella got the crowd going and then threw an awesome salute when finished!
Next up was a White C4 driven by Amy, the daughter of Casper, a previous winner of the burnout contest. She had a promising start with some wheel spin at the beginning of her run, but in the end, the car just wasn’t reliable and kept dying. The car had whiteout windows as folks were invited to sign their name to the car for cancer awareness, but it also obstructed her view of the workers who were telling her to shut it down as the engine was revving but the wheels were standing still.
Finally, a 2004 convertible with the top down entered the bullring and after the driver named Steven moved his goggles into place, the wheels started spinning and the smoke started pouring from the back of the car. The driver had a great run and was able to go the full three minutes without blowing a tire.
Next up was a rolling C3 chassis from Corvette America. The restomod is used to feature some of the restoration and performance parts available from the company. This was the second exhibition run of the contest and while expectations were high, the car jumped the chocks on its first attempt and then it looks and sounds like the clutch was going as the car then had trouble getting into gear.
Another VetteKart is driven by a guy from Ohio named Ray stepped up and his burnout was spectacular. White smoke poured from the rear wheels as the driver kept the throttle high and just after a minute into the run we had our first tire blow!
Last up in the competition was Mike who wanted to have a good run, but also wanted to be able to drive his Corvette home. The blue C6 Corvette looks to have racing tires on it and Mike had no trouble at all in creating a huge cloud of smoke during his burnout run. The sound of his Corvette was also impressive and the crowd really enjoyed the run.
This was one of the better burnout contests from Carlisle in recent years. I won’t spoil the final results so make sure you watch until the end to find out who was crowned the 2018 Corvettes at Carlisle burnout champion!
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