Darwin calling

Burn out king Mick Brasher with his family, Tori, Gemma and Linda. Brasher is currently in Darwin promoting an event he will conduct on Saturday.
Burn out king Mick Brasher with his family, Tori, Gemma and Linda. Brasher is currently in Darwin promoting an event he will conduct on Saturday.

BURN OUT King Mick Brasher from Tinonee is currently in Darwin preparing for the Brashernats, an event he is promoting in conjunction with sponsors from throughout the Northern Territory.

The event on Saturday is expected to attract a crowd of more than 4000 to Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway and Brasher hopes to return to Darwin annually.

Brasher said the program will feature, among other things, a burn out competition, power skid and most donuts in 30 seconds.

"I've received 58 entries and that's more than I expected,'' he said.

"We'll have cars there from Western Australia, six from Melbourne, Brisbane and South Australia.''

Brasher took six cars with him. He left last weekend and allowed himself four days to get there.

"Once we arrive I'll be doing more promotions leading into Saturday,'' he explained.

"We're pretty confident of getting a crowd of between 4000 and 5000. Apparently there's a fair bit of talk about it up there.''

Brasher was approached to put the show on after competing in Darwin last year. He will be putting all the money up for the promotion but says he's already received support from business houses in Darwin and beyond.

However, Brasher said he'd like to run a similar event in this area but has been thwarted by what he says is the lack of a suitable venue.

He runs events on the burnout pad he has at his Tinonee property but says this wouldn't be adequate to run a major promotion.

Brasher explained that the Old Bar Roadside Circuit would be a suitable venue as far as facilities are concerned.

He was one of the attractions at the inaugural Troy Bayliss Classic in January 2013 and there is a burnout pad in the centre of the track.

"Troy wanted me to go back this year but I couldn't because I was in Tasmania for a show,'' he said.

However, Brasher believes the close proximity of houses to the track would be a problem because of noise.

He has looked at other venues here.

"The go kart track at Wingham would probably be a bit small,'' he said.

"But there's a place across the road from there where they fly model planes. That's a possibility.''

Brasher understands there is a location in Port Macquarie that could also be suitable, but says he'd rather promote the event in the area he's called home for the last 20 years.

He is confident it would be a major drawcard for competitors and spectators.

Meanwhile Brasher's busy year will continue in August when he heads to Malaysia for a show.

This followed his win in the Burn Out Masters at Summernats held in Canberra in January.

This will be the first time he has competed overseas.

"I'm looking forward to putting on a show for them,'' he told the Times soon after his win at Summernats.


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