Just as drag racing originally evolved from racing old, stripped-out, jalopies, so too has chucking a few helis at the local B&S ball morphed into one of the most insane motorsports on the face of the planet – burnout competitions. There’s major events held all over Oz, with prize pools of up to $50,000 on offer. So it’s no wonder the heavy hitters are screwing together fearsome, purpose-built machinery, stuffed full of mega-horsepower engine combo’s. And just because these metal mountains cost the national debt, doesn’t stop ‘em from being treated mean. Once that pedal’s mashed, adrenalin kicks in, keeping the tacho pegged all the way ‘round into the red until both tyres go bang. Such extreme conditions, make burnout competitions the ultimate torture test for any engine – especially engine bearings.
Burnout Masters competitor, Clint Ogilvie, recently tore down the 9800rpm Holden V8 out of his pink LC Torana and did something that rarely ever happens when rebuilding the Aussie V8 – they put the old bearings back in! Yep, Clint and his engine builder Tony De Sensi from Speed Works felt that despite the extreme RPM, the oil had done such a good job of looking after them, they were good enough to go again. So what oil does Clint use? Liqui-Moly.