When Dwane Pallentine rolls on to the burnout pad of Perth Motorplex this Good Friday, he will do so with a generous passenger ready to experience a supercharged burnout machine unlike any other.
Pallentine auctioned off his passenger seat to help raise funds for people who have lost their homes in bushfires, with the winner donating $1500 for the honour. The auction set off a chain-reaction of other competitors who wanted to do the same.
“I saw all the news about the bushfires while I was up north working, and it was heartbreaking how people lose everything they have,” Pallentine said.
“For me to offer up a passenger seat that might otherwise have been empty was a way I thought I could help.
“Now there’s about 20 other cars doing the same and I hope we can all raise somewhere close to $20,000 between us.”
Fire is an enemy Pallentine is battling not just with his fundraising but also during his burnouts.
His Holden Torana PEPERIT had a problem with lighting the rear tyres on fire during performances, often meaning disqualification despite the spectacular results.
“It might look cool at the time but after a while, time after time, it becomes expensive and ruins the burnouts,” he said.
“BNR Engines helped me out with the car and we were able to figure it out.
“An ignition problem was causing one cylinder to not fire and we had a lot of fuel going out through the exhaust. Now we believe we have the fire issue resolved.”
Pallentine has since been on a run of good results. He won the $10,000 Burnout Boss 2019 and has placed in a number of other major competitions. He has also changed his driving to better suit the judging requirements.
“I think I missed out on the win at the 2020 Burnout Boss because I popped the tyres at 57 seconds, and you need to go for a minute to not get a penalty,” he said.
“I need to keep the tyre speed down so they last those few seconds extra while the engine is turning 8000rpm.”
With 140 cars pre-entered for Good Friday Burnout King, it will be perhaps the largest burnout event Western Australia has ever experienced.
Pallentine said he is excited to join the horsepower party.
“You look at the line up and there are 32 supercharged Pro cars alone, then you’ve got 40 more in the Open class, and even more in Sportsman, so it is a really big field for Perth. I think everyone wants to get out and do burnouts while we can!”
Gates open for Good Friday Burnout King at 2pm, with practice from 3pm and the main show from 5.30pm.
Words: Luke Nieuwhof
Pic: High Octane Photos