HORSHAM burnout expert Andrew Lynch will travel to the United States of America at the end of July.
Lynch, 33, will be taking his 1981 KE55 Toyota Corolla on tour in the USA with Michael Gilbert of Powercruise.
Powercruise is a car driving event which holds events across Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
The Powercruise event in the USA is at the Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota from August 3-5.
Lynch said before Powercruise, his car along with three other cars, will land in Los Angeles in late July and tour the country before ending up at the event in Brainerd.
“We were talking about going to the Hoonigan Complex in Los Angeles, going to Las Vegas and driving up the strip, trying to get somewhere near where they are screening Street Outlaws and then ending up in Brainerd,” he said.
Lynch has been doing competitive burnouts for 15 years across Australia and New Zealand and said he will be doing burnouts at Powercruise.
He said this was a great opportunity to go to the USA and meet people in the car industry from different countries.
Lynch grew up on a farm at Nhill and said this all started with a “paddock bomb and a spare V8 engine”.
“I threw some things together and it has escalated from there,” he said.
Lynch’s Corolla holds an engine that he bought on the cheap.
“I went to the wreckers and asked what was cheap to fit this engine and that was there for $100,” Lynch said.
Lynch said he would not be surprised if he missed burnout competitions for six months due to the tour in USA.
“Usually I would go to Summer Nats in Canberra at the start of January but I will have to pretty much write everything off for a while,” he said. “This time last year the car went to New Zealand for about five months for promotional tour.”
Lynch said the level of maintenance required on the car can vary.
“The sport is very taxing on the engine so when I break things it’s pretty intense to get it fixed if I have somewhere else to go,” he said. “Some days it’s alright, I might go for six months without having to do much maintenance at all.
“Then some weeks I could do a couple engines in a month.”
Lynch said travelling for burnout competitions was about going away and spending time with friends in the beginning before his car became a big deal.
“It still is about that but now this is actually taking me place,” he said.
“I went to New Zealand last year and America this year. I’ve been all around Australia, to Perth, Darwin, Cairns, Sydney, Brisbane and Alice Springs.
“Everywhere I go I see people who recognise the car and are up for a chat. It’s a really good thing to be involved with.”
Lynch said he has never had any major injuries through the sport and said the main injuries are caused by mechanical fires.
Lynch said his best achievement was winning the Perth Burnout King show in 2016.
“I won a big trophy, big jacket and $10,000,” he said.
Lynch said a winner was determined depending on different aspects of the burnout.
“There are two to three judges who have a list of things to look out for. Points are awarded for good driving and lots of smoke,” he said.
“Points are taken off if you stop in the one spot or hit the wall, or if you light on fire.”