Every Easter, the Northside Boat Ramp on the banks of the Fitzroy River transforms into the Buddy’s Fire Burnouts Precinct for two highly contested burnout competitions. With over 100 competitors, food vendors and a licenced bar, this is the place to be for the Easter long weekend.
Burnouts may sound thrilling to onlookers, but for entrants, there are challenging judging standards that stand between them and victory.
From the minute the burnout starts, competitors want to achieve ‘instant smoke’ and then maintain voluminous smoke throughout their run.
As an official qualifying event in the national Burnout Masters Series, competitors in the Pro section compete for their ticket to the next Summernats event.
There’s also cash prizes on offer across both categories - plus ultimate bragging rights!
Once the burnouts start, you won’t want to leave.
While any Rockynats ticket will get you into the Buddy’s Fire Burnout zone, Platinum is the best ticket level for enjoying the precinct. Platinum pass will give you access to an exclusive grandstand with the best views of the arena.
They will also give you exclusive use of the Rockynats water taxis. As the Burnout precinct is located by the river on the Northside, opposite the Rockhampton CBD on the Southside, use of the water taxis will be the easiest way to travel between the Burnout precinct and the rest of the Rockynats event.
Rockynats has become a popular host for adrenaline-pumping burnout events with high stakes for competitors.
In 2023 Rockynats was once again an official qualifying event in the national Burnout Masters Series. A record 100 competitors laid down burnouts over the weekend. The Pro burnout competition was taken out by Burnout Hall of Fame inductee Peter Grmusa in his XR Falcon ‘ATRISK’.
Gold 1967 Ford XR Sedan (ATRISK)
Morpheus 1971 Holden HQ Ute (1TUFHG)
Orange 2010 VE SS Ute (MISCHIEF)
Ben Lee-Madgwick White
2001 VX SS Sedan
Jacob Le Noble
Green 1974 Nissan Datsun120Y Sedan (SYCOPTH)
Purple 1977 Holden HJ Tonner (SKRTLIFTA)
In 2022, the top three drivers earnt a golden ticket to compete in the final at Summernats 2023. 93 drivers participated, including two-time Burnout Master Champion, Jake Myers and his car ‘S1CKO’. 2022 was the first time Jake, who is regarded as one of the best in the business, attended the event, and he walked away with the win.
2021 saw the launch of the the very first Rockynats Burnout Competition. The event quickly became a crowd favourite despite patches of wet weather. This year Peter Adams took out first place in the Burnout Comp with his ’04 VY, followed by Keelan Heit and Jai Goward. Burnout Master was secured by Warren Gersekowski after an impressive run in his 1TUFHG ’71 HG ute. Coming in second and third were Phil Kerjean’s ’80 Commodore wagon and Jay Chun-Tie in his ’78 Suzuki Carry ute.