Years ago, we had the mandatory after-show burnout session. Dozens of spectators – all enthusiasts – were armed with cameras to document the burnouts and to share them with friends and family. Then we got the internet, and before too long said burnouts were finding their way to our computer screens, shared from smartphone to smartphone, and it was a good thing.
Then something happened. Business neighbors began complaining, and of course some people let it get out of hand. People were crashing, people were getting hurt, and sometimes lives were at risk. Where did it all go wrong? What happened that took us from mandatory smoke-out after a show to Johnny Law hanging out to make sure we didn’t partake?
We used to be so good at this, didn’t we? We had fun, we were safer, and we made some real noise and smoke. But now, forget about it at most events. If it isn’t one driver running into a crowd of spectators, its another one losing control and and running into some inanimate object.
These days, we can watch people in other countries do the burnouts for us. In this case, it’s once again our friend Jamboolio who comes through and shares with us yet another car gathering where many of the owners seem to not care about their tires.
This session is courtesy of a car gathering in Vantaa, Finland, and once again we see a new crop of awesome American musclecars. Drivers are hitting the streets outside of the meet and slamming the skinny pedal until the tires scream mercy. This is what it’s all about, and if you look on the sides of the road, there are literally hundreds of people in some scenes. None of them running away from some out of control Mustang (sorry), and no cops lighting them up for another ticket for exhibition of speed.
Yes, those were the good old days here in the states. And for those who think burnouts are a waste of time and money, and you wonder why these neanderthals do this sort of silly activity, the answer is rather simple: because they can. Enjoy!