Car competitions known as burnouts are a step closer to finding a permanent, legal home in the village of Bas-Caraquet.

The village council passed a second reading of a motion to rezone a local private property on Monday, which would allow public competitions.

Last year, the village turned down Edmond Lanteigne's request to have his enormous property rezoned, but this year council went ahead and made the motion themselves.


Edmond Lanteigne's two burnout competitions last summer attracted 500 people without being promoted. (CBC)

Lanteigne put on two private events last year despite not having the property rezoned, and they proved very popular.

"I have the occasion to make two shows," he said. "They had five hundred people coming. That's a lot of people because I'm not promoting it anywhere."

Burnout competitions involve locking the front wheels, and spinning the rear ones so fast that they leave a strip of rubber on the pavement.

Competitions involve the longest strips, or the driver can make "doughnuts" by turning the car in circles.

Popular sport on Acadian Peninsula

Car culture is popular on the Acadian Peninsula, and Lanteigne says having a home for the competitions will help keep them off the roads.

"They go with the population and they have, I think, most of the people who want that," he said. "Because they don't want that in the road, they want that in a place that is secure and we have it not in the roads of New Brunswick."

Fans of the competitions, called "show de boucanes" locally, agree that it will cut down on dangerous driving.


Edmond Lanteigne's large property is already set up for burnout competitions. (Edmond Lanteigne's Facebook page)

"I'm pretty sure if you start to do something like that around here, the people won't do it on the road like before," said Marc Blanchard. "You just have to take a drive around anywhere on the Peninsule Acadienne and you're gonna see a lot of burn tracks all around, so I'm pretty sure that's gonna help to reduce that."

Another driver, Stephen Basque said, "It will be awesome if they have a place in the village, just a spot. I like that, it's a hobby for me."

It also could prove to be a popular tourist attraction for the area, once legal.

"They come all around from New Brunswick just to come here to see burnouts," said Lanteigne. "They all go very well. We don't have any police come here to have problems with anyone."

Bas-Caraquet council will hold the third and final reading of the motion March 21, and then planning can move ahead for several show de boucanes this summer.