Many people tell me that doing a burnout anywhere other than the narrow strip of concrete between a dragstrip’s water box and starting line is a totally gratuitous. They’re right, but in that moment of rubber-melting glory I just forget what the word “gratuitous” means. Oops.
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It’s true, lots of street tires just get greasy when you get too eager with the throttle, but today’s drag radials like a little heat in them. They need more than just a quick chirp to get ready. So when you’re racing it’s really just part of the job. Besides that, lighting up the tires in a smoky wail of machinery is fun!
So, assuming your fully sanctioned burnout box of choice is available, what car would you choose to light them up? Do you want a high-winding rotary, a forbidden race car, or the easy torque of big-block muscle? Assuming you didn’t have to worry about the tire bill, tell us your top pick for the ultimate burnout machine.