Offbeat Video

By Charles Creasey

A car enthusiast has revealed jaw-dropping footage of the moment a petrolhead pulls the ‘ultimate wheel spin fail’ – setting his car ABLAZE in the process.

Chris Hillebrandt, 33, was overseeing a rally of the Piston Pokers car group in Gloucestershire when he noticed one of the drivers ‘showing off’ in his Vauxhall Cavalier.

The video shows the driver revs his engine as he is visibly egged on by the baying crowd, before people start shouting as they realise large flames are licking up the right-hand side of the car.

The barmy driver had to pull onto a side road so a fellow car enthusiast could put out the fire with an extinguisher, leaving four flaming patches on the ground where his wheels had been.

Lorry driver Chris claims he had to beg his mate, who did not wish to be named, to let him share the ‘hilarious’ footage on social media.

Chris, from Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, said: “A few meet ups do discourage doing burn outs and stuff but I think it’s all part of the atmosphere – even if it’s ‘showing off’.

“They just burn out the old tyres instead of replacing them. It’s the sort of attraction you expect to see.

“[The driver] was just sat there on the front of his car and [the rubber on] his wheels was non-existent. At first, he wasn’t going to do it then I think he just got egged on.

“They wanted him to do it because it was his trademark ‘Piston Pokers’ thing.

“The wheels are pretty much gone anyway so rather than throw them away people just burn them out for a show.”

The video captures the shocking moment the fire spreads to the driver’s mud flaps, and worried onlookers began to shout ‘move, move’ in an attempt to douse the flames.

Chris said: “After it all started burning one of the guys had a fire extinguisher in his car.

“He pulled around the corner and got the fire put out after the video.

“I know it’s an unusual item to have in a car but a lot of people have roll cages and things, so they have fire extinguishers on hand for safety.

“The guy ended up giving him £20 for a new fire extinguisher.

“I would certainly say it was an attraction and people love to see a show.

“Crowds in the car community love to see a good burn out. They were sort of egging him on and it’s what you expect to see at a car meet.

“It’s all in the atmosphere of a car meet. You see people doing drag strips, going with really high revs – it’s always really exciting.

“There’s always a lot of people walking around, looking at cars, and that kind of thing.

“When people come to car meet ups they expect to see people doing burnouts and tricks. Instead of bringing their car into the garage, they bring them to a car meet

Police had to attend the rally later in the day in relation to a separate, unrelated incident.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 9 pm on Sunday 9 July we received a report of an incident at Kingsditch Trading Estate, Cheltenham where a car had lost control and collided with a parked vehicle and a number of pedestrians.

“Some of the pedestrians were injured and attended hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

“A 28-year-old man from Worcestershire has been reported for dangerous driving.