Burnout Contest

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A burnout (also known as a peel out or power brake) is the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary (or close to) and spinning its wheels, causing the tires to heat up and smoke resulting from friction.

The game is easy, rev your engine and drop it into gear. Your tires will spin, burn rubber and, more than likely, pop.

To perform a burnout in a rear wheel drive vehicle the driver has to simultaneously engage the gas and brake pedals. The brake pedal will require modulation, as the goal is to allow the rear tires to spin while holding the car in place with the front wheels remaining motionless. At a certain point of balance, the front brakes will prevent the car from moving forward while the rear brakes will have insufficient grip to keep the wheels from spinning, since engine power is transferred to the rear wheels only.

It is possible to make rear-wheel drive burnouts easier by installing “line locks”, devices which allow fluid pressure on the front brakes to be maintained while releasing the pedal to free the rear brakes. This is especially useful in a manual transmission vehicle, in which it can be quite difficult to manipulate the clutch, brake and gas pedals simultaneously. Line locks also reduce wear to the rear brakes, a common problem otherwise.

Burnouts are most difficult to perform in four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive cars, as they have better traction than FWD or RWD vehicles. It requires significantly more powerful engines to break all four tires loose at the same time, and the tires will spin for only a short while before all four gain traction.

Burnouts eventually became a serious form of competition and entertainment in their own right. Considerable prize money or goods are sometimes involved, and cars may even be sponsored or purpose-built specifically as “burnout cars”. Burnout contests are judged on crowd response, with style and attitude therefore being important factors.

Sign up at main t-shirt booth at event – $10 entry fee and cash prize awarded based on the number of entries.



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Heat Wave Inc is a custom truck and car show promotion company that began in 1989 and was founded by two custom truck clubs in Austin, Texas. The first show, now called the Custom Sounds Texas Heat Wave, is held in late July every year and is now in its 22nd Year. The Heat Wave is known for its large crowds of spectators and the growing number of quality show vehicles that attend from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico. With the signing of Custom Sounds in April 2001, Heat Wave has become more aware of the importance of driving our consumers to the retailer. Heat Wave Inc is now one of the largest truck and car show promotion companies in the US. Heat Wave tour receives show coverage in many local and national magazines, online websites and several DVD production companies. Heat Wave offers many events and attractions to entertain the masses while they are at the shows, such as BMX Freestyle Stunt Team, Motorcycle Stunts, Burnout Contest, Monster Truck Exhibition and Bikini Contest. These events and attractions are a major driving force that helps bring in the large crowds of spectators that you see at Heat Wave shows.

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