Couper fired up for world record shot in burnouts

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Nickol Bay Speedway president Brett Armstrong with the demolition derby cars.
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A tyre-screeching record is set to go up in smoke at Nickol Bay Speedway on New Year’s Eve at the annual fireworks and demolition derby event.

Alan Couper will make a Guinness World Record attempt for the most cars doing a burnout on the back of a moving vehicle by completing at least two laps of the speedway track with three cars on the back of his truck.

Bridgestone Tyres has ordered in coloured tyres to give the record attempt a bit more pizzazz.

At the last regular meet of 2016, Couper successfully trialled a one-car burnout on his Karratha Smash Repairs tow truck.

The demo derby has become a staple of New Year’s Eve celebrations over the past few years, with a few races, fireworks and the main event proving popular.

Speedway president Brett Armstrong said members of the public were welcome to attended or even get involved in the demolition derby.

“We are still building cars for people which don’t have drivers, so if anyone wants to come forward they can get in contact with us,” he said. “We do have cars available.”

Mr Armstrong said it would be a night for families, with the fireworks set to be a spectacle once again and with a bike race to be held for the children.

“I think this night will be totally spellbinding, if I can use that word for it,” he said.

“The fireworks have been a big hit every year — the people who come up do an excellent job for us.”

Gates open at 5pm, with racing to start at 6.30pm.

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