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The Inaugural Burnyard Bash

Hoonigan christens its new space at Irwindale Speedway with burnouts and figure eights

Mar 6, 2019
Photographer: Hoonigan

In the run up to The Drift League's 2019 season opener, we caught word that Hoonigan would be at Irwindale Speedway at pretty much the same time as the pro-am series, holding it's first ever Burnyard Bash in its brand new burnout box in the race track's parking lot. The event was supposed to be a mix of drag racing, car show, and shenanigans in said burnout area, but because of the nonstop rain throughout the day everything but the box was scrapped. The guys from Hoonigan brought along a handful of their more famous rides for the show, and while there was very little tire smoke to be had in the soggy weather, that didn't stop most from having a rip roarin' time.

As the day wore on, Drift League competitors who had been eliminated from competition—like Susan Purkhiser in her S13 and Margaritis Katsanidis in his Essa Autosport E46—wound up over in the Hoonigan encampment, ready to throw down. But probably the most remarkable thing about this inaugural Burnyard Bash were the lines for this thing—for most of the day, they were several cars deep just to get in, one line for entry into the venue parking lot and another line for adventurous drivers willing to take a stab at making donuts and figure 8s inside a hemmed in k-rail rectangle before a crowd of amped up fans (at one point in the night, this line snaked through the Irwindale parking lot). If this is how wild these things get in cold, rainy, and miserable, imagine how crazy things will get when the weather is actually good.

Bob Hernandez
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