Britt and Brad enjoy their burnouts amid the dust at Canberra

EXCITING: Britt and Brad Kilby at home with their children Jack and Myah. Hammertime in action at the Summernats in Canberra.
EXCITING: Britt and Brad Kilby at home with their children Jack and Myah. Hammertime in action at the Summernats in Canberra.

IT was hot and it was dusty, but Britt and Brad Kilby enjoyed the chance to show off their burnout skills at the recent Summernats in Canberra.

They have been going to Summernats for three years and competing in the burnout competition for the past two.

Their car "Hammertime" took nine months to build and required a lot of work in finding parts.


Hammertime has a Daihatsu Feroza body, Nissan GU Patrol chassis, 403 gearbox, LS iron block and a TH400 gearbox.

"It's been a lot of work. Britt and I built this together as we love the sport and it's something all the family can enjoy," Mr Kilby said.

"The car has no turbo or supercharges. It's naturally aspirated.

"The Summernats is the final of several series throughout the year."

Mr Kilby came third in the Masters Burnout out of the top 10 finalists.

"You have to get a ticket to even get into the Masters," he said.

"We travelled to Gatton in Queensland in March last year where I came first to earn my Masters ticket for the Summernats.

"The prizemoney in Gatton was $10,000, so this helped with expenses."

Mrs Kilby also competed at the Summernats in Hammertime and was selected as a wildcard in the Burnout Championship Finalists.

She came in seventh out of of a field of 40 competitors.

"I'm happy with the result and I'm competing in the open section, not the ladies," she said.

Mr Kilby said there were more than 100,000 people in Canberra for the meet.

"It was hot and dusty. I think it was their hottest day on record since 1939.

"And the dust and smoke haze was something else the 2200 competitors had to contend with."

The Kilbys will attend the Kandos meeting and Autofest in Bathurst before heading back to Gatton.

"There are 30 Masters competitions throughout the year," Mr Kilby said.

"I don't have to try and get a Masters ticket this year as my third place position at the Canberra Summernats qualifies me for the Masters."

He said it's an expensive sport and this year alone they have gone through 102 tyres.

"It's something Britt and I enjoy and can do together. And now the kids are getting a bit older, they are starting to enjoy the atmosphere of the competitions as well.

"We are meeting people from all over Australia and have some good friends in Goulburn.

"We hire a truck and float our vehicles together to Queensland.

"This year we will fly to Queensland and meet Hammertime at the Gatton track."

Mr Kilby said they are always looking for sponsors that can help with tyres, fuel and oil.

"We have a lot of family support that allows us to go to these competitions. Mum and Dad have been great and will have the kids any time."