Cairns Burnouts

Smashing tyres, legally.

The toughest one day burnout comp in the north is back in 2017!IMG_6104

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Last year we had cars from all over the country, new and old, return to Cairns International Speedway. It was a TUFF day with a BUCKET LOAD of carnage!! In 2016 the “FEAR” Monaro of Fred Watson returned to take the win for the 3rd time in 4 years. We were introduced to the dual driven “ONIT” Torana from Canberra and wow, did the boys put on a killa show!!! Matt and Mark did an amazing job of getting the car ready in the quick turn around with Mark taking out second place and the Summernats Burnout Masters golden ticket as Fred had already secured his spot. In 3rd place we had Ingham local David Dillion in “DILLO” with his n/a powered BA Falcon ute.

We also saw the return of Mad Mick Brasher in the new look “ULEGAL”, Jeremy Bond “FATWH”, Adrian Cuthbertson “SKIDMA” and many more. a speacial thanks to Jeremy “FATWH” Bond who hasn’t missed a year since he first came in 2013, always bringing a truck load for us to enjoy, thanks again for your continued support.

IMG_6306This year is shaping up to be biggest event to date with a prize pool of over $15,000 and a Summernats Burnout Masters ticket up for grabs. Paying back to 10th spot plus TIP IN KING, Longest Travelled and Best Presented plates to be give away on the night.

Tropical Meltdown is the only Summernats Burnout Masters qualifying event in QLD with the winner or if the winner already has a ticket then it goes to next in line.


Tropical Meltdown has a massive cash prize pool up for grabs.  This year we will be paying up to 10th place with prize money up for grabs as follows:

  • 1st place – $10,000
  • 2nd place – $2,000
  • 3rd place – $1,000
  • 4th place – $700
  • 5th place – $500
  • 6th place – $300
  • 7th place – $200
  • 8th place – $200
  • 9th place – $150
  • 10th place – $100
  • Longest Travelled – $150
  • Best Presented – $150
  • Tip In King – $500

Tropical Meltdown will also be a qualifying event for the Liqui-Moly Summernats Burnout Masters (, with the winner collecting a golden ticket into the 2016 Burnout Masters.  There will also be awards for the “Top 10″,  ”Longest Travelled”, “Best Presented”, “Most Impressive” (perhaps not to the owner) “Meltdown Moment” and the “TIP IN KING”

Following the event, there will be an after party for entrants, spectators and volunteers.  It will kick off at about 10pm, if not earlier.


The day will run as follows:

  • 10am – gates open
  • 10am to 12pm – practice/scrutineering
  • 12pm to 4:30pm – heats/finals for 4cyl, 6cyl, 8cyl and open class’s
  • 5:30pm – Tropical Meltdown commences

Wildcard spots will also be available for competitors that have what it takes to step up from the day event to Tropical Meltdown.

Presentations for both comps will be at the end of the night.

Entry will be as follows:

  • Entrant’s fee (day comp only) – $85 (includes $25 gate fee, $35 insurance fee and $25 entrant fee)
  • Entrant’s fee (Tropical Meltdown only) – $160 (includes $25 gate fee, $35 insurance fee and $100 entry fee)
  • Entrant’s fee (both comps) – $185 (includes $25 gate fee, $35 insurance fee, $25 day comp, $100 Tropical Meltdown)
  • Passengers – $60 (includes $25 gate fee & $35 insurance fee)

If any drivers pre-enter, they will waive their gate fee.

Entrant detailsIMG_9274


Tropical Meltdown is based on one skid per entrant.  Entrants may go as long as they wish without penalty, however, you will only be judged for 2 minutes.  There will be no qualifying or heats, but if u wish to have a practice skid just roll on out to the start and the pad manager will fit you in.  Tropical Meltdown entrants may enter the day competition, but this will, in no way, effect the results or judging for Tropical Meltdown.  Please note that your vehicle must stay on the pad during the skid and must DRIVE off under its own power to place in the TOP 5.

Burnouts are judged in five sections.  Judging criteria is as follows:

  • Instant smoke (10 points) is judged from the moment a burnout starts.  Instant thick smoke is the key to getting points here.
  • Constant smoke (10 points) is judged from the moment the burnouts starts until it is either finished or your time runs out.  The thicker the smoke the better.
  • Driver control (20 points) is judged on how well the driver can wheel the car.  The driver needs to keep the vehicle inside the designated area without hitting any barriers or going off the pad.  Static burnouts require little skill and will not attract points for driver control.
  • Volume of smoke (10 points) is judged on the overall volume of smoke for the duration of the burnout.
  • Tyre’s popped (total 10 points) 5 points per tyre.

Vehicle requirements

  • All vehicles MUST be presentable to enter Tropical Meltdown.  This does not mean vehicles need to be show cars, but they must have matching coloured panels and look reasonable (red doors on a white car with a blue bonnet is not acceptable).
  • You do not need a bonnet.
  • You do not need an exhaust, can run straight out of the pipes.
  • If you have a 4 door vehicle, you may take 3 passengers.
  • If you have a ute or a coupe, you may only take 1 passenger.
  • Each passenger must pay a one off insurance fee of $35 and must wear a seat belt, long pants, long sleeve shirts, closed in shoes and a helmet.
  • We encourage entrants to use new or near new tyres for their burnout.  Popping tyres is most certainly not a bad thing, however, entrants that drive onto the pad with heavily worn tyres will be frowned upon.

Please refer to our terms and conditions for further details.


All our events have RED flags and stop/go lights.  The system is very simple:

  • Green means go
  • Red means there is something wrong with your vehicle, but is not considered dangerous, and you may continue if you wish
  • Red flags and flashing red and green lights means you are to stop immediately

Please refer to our terms and conditions for further details.  Please also note that our terms and conditions apply for all events, including Tropical Meltdown.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Kevin Davis on 0417 504 341 or by email at