SMOKING: The burn outs at the Biggenden Ruff N Tuff were well supported and drew many onlookers.
SMOKING: The burn outs at the Biggenden Ruff N Tuff were well supported and drew many onlookers. Erica Murree

Car burn outs are a hit at Biggenden's Ruff N Tuff

AS THE smell of rubber drifted through the Biggenden showgrounds spectators were drawn to the burn outs at the annual Biggenden Ruff N Tuff.

Secretary Bryan Hardy said spectators on the day, as well as the number of vehicles in the show and shine, were down on previous years.

He said Biggenden's Daryl Barkle's persistence paid off in the burn outs as he took out the four cylinder class.

Trevor Neill won both the six cylinder and V8 classes.

Mr Hardy said judging burn outs wasn't just about the amount of smoke.

"It is all about car control, consistent white smoke, the vehicle's appearance and what the vehicle sounds like," he said.

"Drivers put a lot of effort and money into their vehicles.

"The only negative was the Newtown area copped a heap of smoke."

He said the group checked the weather beforehand but unfortunately there was a change of direction sending the smoke in the opposite direction.

Mr Hardy said many of the drivers used Biggenden as a practice pad before going onto bigger events.

"It is pretty safe how our committee runs the event," he said.

"We follow the strict guidelines set down by CAMS."

In the show and shine, best overall vehicle was John Spencer's 1974 SLR 5000 Torana.

"It was a beautiful machine," Mr Hardy said.

"He has spent a lot of money on it."

Best club display was exhibited by the Bundaberg Early Holden Club

Bundaberg Turf Burners delighted the crowd with their display of racing with ride on mowers.

Last year proceeds from the day supported the Palliative Care Room at the Biggenden MPHS while this year's will go towards a piece of equipment for the Accident and Emergency room at the Childers Hospital.

One vehicle drawing many onlookers was the 1928 Dodge owned by Francis Herbener. In 1979 the vehicle did the big trip from Gladstone to the tip of Cape York and back.

Patrons had a range of swap meet stalls and market stalls to browse through.



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