Gender reveal by way of Ford Falcon burnout

A Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo is a kick-ass machine that we do not get here in the States. It makes use of a turbocharged 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. Power to the rear wheels? There’s plenty of it. In face, that XR6 Turbo produces over 360 horsepower and nearly 400 pound-feet of torque. That’s a lot of juice and it makes for easy burnouts and brake stands. One dad-to-be decided to put those rear wheels to work so he could find out the gender of his soon-to-arrive child.

A gender reveal party is when family and friends get together to learn whether a forthcoming child is going to be a boy or a girl. Typically, this is done through a cake, cupcakes, balloon pop, or other method wherein the gender is revealed through pink or blue coloring hidden inside baked goods or other vessels. The delivery method for gender revelations can also be applied to tires.

With gender-prepped rubber installed, a throttle happy bloke put pedal to carpet. Blue smoke quickly emerged as his Falcon XR6 Turbo began to eviscerate the rear tires. This didn’t go down well with the local police.

The driver was charged with “aggravated burnout offenses. According to AutoEvolution, his car was impounded for three months, while his license was suspended for six. Four others were charged with anti-hoon crimes, including the grandmother-to-be.

Australia doesn’t mess around with what it deems reckless driving. Which is hilarious because Australia is also home to the gnarliest burnouts on the planet. Some of the greatest bit of motorsport on the planet. And it’s also the future wasteland expanse prowled by one Mad Max.

That penalty is rather stiff for a happy gent burning off a set of wheels in an otherwise quiet cul-de-sac.

[Source: 7NEWS Brisbane Twitter via AutoEvolution]


  1. The joke is on the NSW justice system. Dude’s going to be broke, sleep deprived, and changing diapers for the next year anyway.

  2. Am I the only one who thinks all this “party for everything”-stuff is pretty meaningless? People buy lots of cheap crap for one day, here it’s even tires, and then it all goes to the trash?

    1. I’m kind of in the “party for anything” is meaningless camp, personally. Other people seem to enjoy them, but I can’t figure out why. Mostly people just seem to stand around doing random monologues in front of one another.

      1. Hehe, not really. Especially if people are doing fireworks for everything…gender reveal, babyshower, new job, made-it-through-monday; you name it.

      2. Hehe, not really. Especially if people are doing fireworks for everything…gender reveal, babyshower, new job, made-it-through-monday; you name it.

        1. To be fair, made-it-through-monday is absolutely something that calls for a celebration.

          1. “Start packing up”…wow. What were they thinking? Gonna be great parents!

    2. I’m not an ostentatious person, and generally am annoyed when others are. So yeah, I see your point.

  3. Oppressive regimes often foster the greatest art; made not in support of but in spite of the oppressors.

    That said, gender reveal parties are utter crap, and the cathartic glory that is a multi-generational Australian donut party shouldn’t be wasted on one, IMHO.

  4. My wife has said that if she were to ever host a gender reveal party, it’d just be popping a balloon or whatever filled with gray confetti and something bearing the message “GENDER IS A CONSTRUCT.” Needless to say, we are not in the pro-party camp.
    That said, I couldn’t break the tires loose in my car anyhow, so it’s a moot point.

    1. Breaking the tires loose is easy, it just requires motor oil. The hard part is finding blue or pink motor oil.

  5. No sympathies here. Too many illegal burnouts everywhere, although at least it seems he didn’t do it in his own street and smoke out his neighbours. A couple of weeks ago down here in Melbourne a spectator at an unofficial night-time burnout meet, sounds like he has a broken pelvis plus other injuries, and of course it’s not the first or last time.

    1. If you can’t manage to find a place where no one is going to be bothered (or injured) by your burnouts, you shouldn’t be doing burnouts at all. Alas, jackassery will not be so constrained. Our jackasses prefer the car show exit powerslide here in the states.

      1. Fair point, but that place is not going to be in a metro area where most of the DHs are, tyre squeal at 1am in an industrial estate is still going to piss off nearby residents.

  6. Those engines are available for import into the US.They meet Euro 5 emissions standard, when stock, and are easily tuned for more power. When not converting tyres to smoke, they can move Falcons along quite quickly. This BA Falcon ran an 8.25 @ 171mph pass at Grudge Kings Sydney. This car was raced at full weight of 4200lbs

    1. Wow… didn’t realize you could import these. I’d love to drop one into a ’64 Rambler American or an early U.S. Falcon (I suppose the latter would be more appropriate).

      1. They are based on the block of the old Ford 250 c.i. iron six, wherever that fits, the Barra will. (Allowing for the extra height required by the 24 valve vvti DOHC head, and the turbo on the side.) They apparently fit any Mustang and are becoming popular as a more powerful, more reliable alternative to the puny Toyota 2JZ six. (!)×800.jpg

        1. That engine looks great under the hood of the early ‘Stang. I’m thinking Jeff should consider this option for the Wombat (I’d suggested the 2JZ, but this is more interesting).
          You may have inspired my retirement project. A Falcon engine in an old Falcon would make for a great conversation piece at cruise-ins. I love straight sixes.

  7. Give the guy credit for coming up with a genius idea for getting (at least one) set of new tires at a time when most women would be insisting that every future dollar be saved for the kid’s college fund.

    Unfortunately he didn’t think his clever plan all the way through. I would hope though that a good attorney could get his car and license returned based on the needs of a new father to hold a job.

  8. 1 – Gender reveal parties are stupid
    2 – Buying special tires for that purpose is also stupid.
    3 – While a burnout can be reckless, arresting / charging five people for one burnout is really stupid.

    1. Perhaps criminality is worn as a badge of honor in Australia, makes one seem more like their founding fathers.

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