AUTOFESTE: The car that almost didn't make it takes out win
BILOELA'S Quentin Rogers knows how to do a good burnout.
Mr Rogers took home the top prize in the Biloela Autofeste's V8 Burnout Competition with his 1998 XR8 Ford Falcon.
But the car almost didn't make it to the event.
Mr Rogers spent the night before the competition working on his car and then spent another three-and-a-half hours working on it on the morning of the event.
But all that time and hard work was worth it when he won.
Mr Rogers said the coil had no spark but he eventually tracked down the problem to the distributor.
Mr Rogers was desperate to take part in the event, having taken time off work and with friends from Emerald and Gin Gin in town to compete and watch.
So he and his mates knuckled down and got it fixed just in time for the scruniteering check-over.
Mr Rogers, a father of five daughters, has had the car for about four years and said it was a purpose built skid car.
He said the car had been a bit temperamental and he was always tinkering with it on weekends.
Luckily, it played ball on Saturday for the comp.
"I managed to get four two-minute runs in it.
"I got to park it up in the shed and not have to fix it again.”
Mr Rogers, who hails from New Zealand and has been in Biloela for six years, said he couldn't believe his ears when he heard that he had won.
"I was really surprised, there was a lot of good cars out there,” he said.
"I was not thinking I was going to get first place.
"It is a bit hard to see when you are sitting in the car.
"Everyone seemed to enjoy the show I put on.”
A member of the Callide Valley Car Club, Mr Rogers gets his practice in on the local skid pad.
He said he first got involved in car competitions about four years ago.
"It's just a hobby, I enjoy cars and gives me a bit of time out,” Mr Rogers said.
"I get out there and enjoy it with other guys who are like minded, it's a good atmosphere and the family enjoys watching it.”
This win is his biggest success, having competed in other burnout competitions in the region, including at Emerald, Bundaberg and Maryborough.
"There is surprisingly a lot around when you look into it,” he said.
Mr Rogers placed second at Benarby's Hectic Skids four weeks ago and came finished seventh in the Bundaberg event.
While relatively new to competition, Mr Rogers said he has always been into cars and he grew up around engines.
"My father was a car nut, and I have a nice show car I don't like doing that sort of stuff in,” he said.
Mr Rogers, who works at Lee Crane Hire as a crane operator, shared some of his secrets to burnout success.
"Try and get good smoke, keep the car on the pad, keep the crowd entertained,” he said.
He said this year's Autofeste had been a good day out.
"They had a lot of cars out there and a lot of people enjoyed themselves.”
Mr Rogers said he was grateful to the car club and the Rotary Club for putting the event on and also to his sponsors, Lee Crane Hire, KDS and ProTrain.
BILOELA AUTOFESTE WINNERS:
- Best Hot Rod: 1936 Ford Sedan Deluxe, 350 V8, -Graham and Heather Barnes, Biloela
- Best 4WD: 1975 Toyota FJ45 383 - Steve Jurd, Emerald
- Best Wagon: 1998 Nissan Patrol 4wd 5.7L -Scott Chalmers
- Best Panelvan: 1935 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery Panel Van - Earl Teichmann, Rockhampton
- Best Sedan: 1980 Holden VC HDT Sedan -Brett Durdin, Yeppoon
- Best Ute: 1981 Ford XD Falcon Ute - Jason Earl, Emerald
- Best Coupe: 1976 Holden Torana Hatch -Robert Fisher, Biloela
- Best Motorbike: 2009 Harley Springer CVO - Nev Pearce, Mt Morgan
- Best Interior: 1976 Holden Torana Hatch -Steve Wilkes, Beecher
- Best Paint: 1980 Holden VC VDT Sedan -Brett Durdin, Yeppoon
- Best Engine Bay: 1976 Holden Torana Hatch -Steve Wilkes, Beecher
- Best Original: 1981 Ford Fairlane Sedan - Danny Williams, Gladstone
- Spear a Spud: 1999 Ford AU Ute - Alan Prisgrove, Gladstone
- Barrel Racing: 1999 Holden VS Ute - Tony Price, Theodore
- Slalom: 1999 Holden VS Ute - Tony Price, Theodore
- Burnout Comp 8 Cylinder: 1998 Ford Falcon Sedan - Quentin Rogers, Biloela
- Burnout Comp 6 Cylinder: 2002 Ford AU Sedan - Rhyse Blyton, Moura
- Burnout Comp 1-4 Cylinder: 1978 Datsun Sedan 2008 - David Hill, Biloela
- People's Choice: 1974 Valiant VJ Hardtop - Sol and Maureen Millen, Dysart
- Best Club Display: Approx 20 vehicles in Show and Shine and Field Events/Burnouts - Curtis Coast Cruisers
- Highest HP per Cylinder: Ford GT - Wayne Meith, Brisbane
- Lowest HP per Cylinder: 1969 Ford Mustang Coupe - Cory Hibble, Biloela
- Biggest Shitbox: 1982 Datsun 720 Ute - David Hill, Biloela