150man Posted May 27, 2007 Report Share Posted May 27, 2007 There was a car show this weekend about 80 miles from my home, so I went and entered my car. It attracted quit a bit of attention, and I was given many compliments. For Ford/Shelby fans there were a few other cars of interest. I saw a '68 GT500, (red w/ white stripes), a 427 Cobra, (couldn't tell if it was original, but I doubt it), and a Ford GT. There were also several other nice Mustangs, ('70 Mach I, Boss 302, and some nice GT's from various years). Saw another one that I'd never heard of before- it was an AJ Foyt Mustang GT. Anyway, as part of the festivities, they also had a "burnout" contest on Main Street. The police had closed off the street, and even bleachers had been set up for the crowd. I decided that would be fun, so I headed off downtown a little early and got to be second in line, (behind on old Ford Galaxie that had been dressed up to look like Andy Griffith's cop car). I really didn't know what to expect at all. I started having a funny feeling however, when the line started forming behind me, and it consisted mostly of old farm trucks! Then the fire dept. showed up, set up a hose and made a big wet spot where the burnout started. Now I was in a dilemma. I couldn't decide if I wanted to start off in second gear or first. I'd never done burnout on wet pavement before. I didn't watch the first car because there were a lot of people between me and the wet spot. So I pull out in front of a couple hundred people and stopped. I decided to use first gear because I thought if I started in second and didn't give it enough revs, the engine would bog, and I would be embarassed, and bring shame to the new GT 500! So, I let 'er rip, and as you might guess I hit the rev limiter pretty fast, so I power shifted into second and still got some pretty good spin. Unfortunetly, by then I was onto the dry pavement and the tires started hooking up pretty quick, so I had to lift off and hit the brakes before I charged into the saw horses they had set up to block traffic at the other end of the block. I heard a few cheers and applause since I had the top down, so I felt OK. I should have started in second- or maybe even third. I quickly parked, and walked back to the start line to see what this thing was all about. What I found out was that what the crowd liked the best was to watch an old farm truck with no mufflers and no back brakes sit in one spot and spin the tires, (or tire, as the case might be), until one of the tires blew up. It was the most boring thing I'd ever seen! I went expecting to see a lot of high performance cars get on it and lay down a 100 feet or so of rubber, and all I got to see was some old farm trucks. The lady who ran the paperwork said she was suprised that I would enter the contest with such a "nice car". Anyway, that's the last "burnout" contest I'll ever be in. I don't know if I won anything. (I was in the 1970, and up category), since I didn't go back today for the awards. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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