Let’s say that you are building out your 1969 Camaro and so far you’ve gotten the LS2 408 mill with L92 heads, L76 intake to feed the beast and a decent high lift cam, all planted in the engine bay ready to go. Behind the motor you’ve hung a Viper T-56 trans with Global West suspension supporting the chassis. Yeah, we know, this already sounds like a dream Pro-Touring car, but check this out. You strap on some Billet Specialties Wheels and get yourself some Z06 Big Brakes for the front. Still sounding good…right?
You decide that you need some bigger axles and big brake kit to support the power that the motor’s making. So, you call up Steve’s Camaro Parts and order the new axles and big brake kit. The kit’s on the way and you’ve been told that the old tires won’t fit anymore. There’s still 80 percent of the tread left on the tires. Nobody wants to buy the used tires on ebay, craiglist or the local penny saver, so what do you do?
If you’re from Kansas, you decide to see how much rubber you can transfer from the tires to your driveway and how long it takes. And just for fun, you’re going to video record the burnouts of you punishing the driveway.
You’ve got the car, the tires and the driver. What else do you need to pull off this stunt?
- A video cam. It’s no good unless you can share this with the world.
- A camera man that isn’t afraid to get close to the action.
- Understanding neighbors. This probably isn’t an activity that you want to try at 2:00 in the morning.
- Grass seed. When you slide sideways into the lawn, some of the grass is bound to vacate the area.
- Driveway cleaner. When you burn these tires down, the rubber is going to get so hot that it embeds in the pores of the cement.
- Industrial shop broom. It’s going to take some scrubbing to get the rubber out of the driveway.
- Lots of beer. We’re not saying to pound some suds and get behind the wheel but the brewski should make scrubbing down the driveway a little nicer.
According the video and our secret insider, it took three monster burnouts to get the old tires down to the chords. When the fun was done, the clean up began. Mother nature took care of dispersing the smoke before EPA agents could respond to the area and cite the crew for obnoxious plumes of smoke containing particulate matter (we’re not even sure what kind of fine they give you for that, and what is particulate matter?). But the tell-tale signs of rubber tattooing were left on the driveway surface and the only way to get it out was good old fashioned elbow grease… and beer.
We did see that NASCAR used Tide laundry detergent at Daytona when Juan Pablo Montoya’s fire burned the track’s truck tires into the asphalt, and that may be worth the effort on the next cleanup attempt, but for this time a little soapy water, a solid push broom and a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon will do just fine.