Australian Gender Reveal Burnout Results in Four Arrests, Because Australia

Car Culture 46 April 9, 2019 by

In what’s possibly the most Australian sentence ever typed, police have arrested four people over a gender reveal stunt involving a Ford Falcon burnout.

Gender reveals are a big thing right now, for some reason. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, parents reveal what the gender of their unborn child is by conforming to color stereotypes, with pink for a girl and blue for a boy. Typically these stunts involve cutting into a cake, letting off fireworks or colored smoke, or balloons.

However, this particular gender reveal, in Silverdale, 35 miles west of Sydney, involved something a lot more Australian: a burnout with a Ford Falcon.

According to 7News Brisbane, the expectant parents used colored tire smoke to reveal their baby’s gender to all their neighbors in the quiet cul-de-sac. It’s something drifters have been using for a while to spice up their routines, but in this case it had an altogether more wholesome purpose.

Wholesome, but not legal. Despite informing the residents of the stunt well in advance, someone wasn’t impressed and filmed the Falcon peel-out. This soon reached the computers of the New South Wales police, who were even less impressed. Australia has some pretty strict laws about “hooning” (of which Lewis Hamilton once fell foul), and the NSW police special road unit — Strike Force Puma (not joking) — soon swooped in.

The cops picked up the car’s driver, two friends, the baby’s grandmother-to-be and the Ford Falcon. They’ll face court over the offenses next month.

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