The "Smokey Burnout"!

Published! In JPG Magazine Issue 25
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Driver Mark Konzelman of Medina Ohio is behind the wheel of this classic 71 Chevelle SS. Mark is putting on an exhibition of its power by doing a traditional smokey burnout.

The smokey burnout can be traced back the beginnings of drag racing. Drivers would do a burnout to heat up their tires, clean them off, and to lay down some rubber on the track for better traction. From hotrodders hanging out on Saturday night, to top fuel dragsters getting ready to run the quarter mile, to NASCAR drivers celebrating their victory in the winner’s circle, motor sports fans expect to see this awesome display of power: “The Smokey Burnoutâ€.

The 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454


Wheelbase, inches: 112.0

Weight, lbs: 3,800

Number built: 8,773

Base price: $3,800

Top Available Engine

Type: ohv V-8

Displacement, cid: 454

Fuel system: 1 x 4bbl.

Compression ratio: 11.25:1

Horsepower @ rpm: 450 @ 5600

Torque @ rpm: 500 @ 3600

Representative Performance

0-60 mph, sec: 6.1

1/4 mile, sec. @ mph: 13.7 @ 103

28 responses

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2010):

    Finally, a true tradition I can vote for in all good mind and spirit. This is fantastic.

  • David McCrillis

    David McCrillis gave props (26 May 2010):


  • Donna Kasinec

    Donna Kasinec said (28 May 2010):

    Nice car! Nice burn out! Great shot!

  • Jeff Ebner

    Jeff Ebner (Deleted) gave props (29 May 2010):


  • Kevin Merc

    Kevin Merc gave props (29 May 2010):

    Great car ! I had a 1971 model of the same for my first car...

  • Megan Green

    Megan Green gave props (3 Jun 2010):

    yeah! My vote.

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (5 Jun 2010):


  • Allen Freeman

    Allen Freeman gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    Nice burnout shot! I was reading about a bike rally and they posted no burnouts or they'd be banned from the gig! HA.

  • Devin Hayes

    Devin Hayes gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    I had a '69. I still miss it.

  • markus zundel

    markus zundel gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    Tarantino's "Death proof" came to my mind...

  • Tomitheos

    Tomitheos said (22 Jun 2010):

    great timing!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    Joe, If this was orange, I would call it General. LOL great shot!

  • Claude Frank

    Claude Frank said (7 Jul 2010):

    "...keep your motor running, head out on the way highway, looking for adventure and whatever comes my way"

  • Juan Estrada

    Juan Estrada gave props (11 Jul 2010):

    Nice Chevy 454ss, the blur looks amazing.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (16 Jul 2010):

    SS rules! Burn out!

  • David Faircloth

    David Faircloth gave props (21 Aug 2010):

    Too good for even a Ford guy to pass by!

  • Grazyna Zubrowska

    Grazyna Zubrowska gave props (21 Aug 2010):

    nice shot

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (17 Oct 2010):

    Wow, thats a fantastic shot!! I remember those well.....

  • Justin Sheely

    Justin Sheely (Deleted) gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    A thing of beauty ...

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (6 Nov 2010):


  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    just awesome

  • Megan Green

    Megan Green gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    Though it's already a favorite, I keep coming back to it!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    F A N T A S T I Q U E n t r y !

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (8 Feb 2011):

    Congratulations on being published in Issue 25!! Outstanding photo!

  • Iam Champion

    Iam Champion gave props (9 Feb 2011):

    Awesome subject and pic...I'm a NHRA champion and I loved doing the burnout!!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (9 Feb 2011):

    Excellent !

  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (18 Feb 2011):

    perfect car, remind me of grandtourisme. I love this, eventhough I'm automotive blind

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    love it!!!

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