Simon Davidson

12/12/2016 - 01/08/2017

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Beauty where beauty is not immediately obvious.

In reality a burnout is extremely loud, ear piercingly loud. Drivers steer their cars with absolute aggression and disregard for personal safety. In this apocalyptic arena fires are common and severe mechanical damage is an accepted part of the process. The air hangs heavy with smoke and is laden thick with tire dust. The burnout pad is a high horsepower arena of testosterone and devastation. Amongst the total chaos there are moments of serenity. Slices of time when all the visual ingredients align in equilibrium, this is what I aim for. Beauty where beauty is not immediately obvious.

The Australian burnout scene is a subculture within Australian muscle and custom car culture. The scene maybe small but the drivers and crowds are extremely passionate. Thousands of spectators turn up to witness the spectacle of noise and smoke. The origins of burnouts can be traced back to drag racing, where a burnout is the fastest method to raise tire temperature immediately prior to racing. Over the past 20 years burnouts in Australia have evolved into dedicated competitions and entertainment in their own right. Considerable prize money is now offered. With the evolution of competition and prize money, purpose built burnout cars are now prevalent. A competition burnout is judged on instant smoke, amount of smoke, driver control, car presentation and crowd response. The driver must also blow the tires within a predetermined time frame, usually around 90 seconds.