IT'S said "where there's smoke, there's fire" but on Saturday in Toowoomba it was a case of "where there's smoke there's burnouts".

Burnout drivers travelled from across southern Queensland and northern New South Wales to take part in the opening of the Toowoomba Skidbowl near Charlton.

Craig Bailey and his team travelled from Muswellbrook in NSW to shed some rubber on the cement skid pad.

His burnout, which left the rear left tyre of his Holden HT utility in shreds, received the loudest cheer from the crowd.

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"We decided about 5 o'clock last night to come up," he said

"We go to a lot these."

The wet weather was blamed for keeping crowd numbers down a little on expectations, but the day still attracted plenty of onlookers who watched 38 drivers put their cars into a spin.

Burpengary driver PJ Adams came to Toowoomba specifically to compete.

"Us young fellas get a bit of a bad rap so we're here trying to clear it up," he said as he prepared to compete in his Holden VR Commodore wagon, cut down to a ute. "We heard about the rain, but we're prepared for it."



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