By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / director: Dean Swindell
Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote
Editor: Ethan Edwards
Owner Michael Lake, from ‘Truckin Stainless’ in Brisbane, Australia, spent seven years working days and nights in his shed to perfect his latest burnout model.
A ‘burnout’ is the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary whilst spinning its wheels, causing the tyres to heat up and smoke due to friction.
Michael, 42, built ‘Filthy’ specifically for the entertainment of burning-out to crowds across Australia, but he also made sure to produce a vehicle that was practical and street-legal for his own pleasure.
Michael told Barcroft TV: “Own trucks, live trucks, breathe trucks – they’ve been my whole life.
“This is ‘Filthy: Heaps of Smoke’, my latest truck built for burn-outs. It’s got 28 litre Cummins, that’s a white 4,000 75 model with twin-turbos, all custom made.
“That’s traded at 900hp and 4,000-foot pound of Torque.
“It really is one of a kind.”
Michael’s passion for trucks began when he was a young boy, starting his work as a truck driver in his late teens.
He said: “Passion for trucks has always been there, I was a truck driver for most of my life. But then I just wanted to get out of it and try something different.
“I made a few designs, started from home and built my company up from there.
“I pretty much worked every night. I’d get up, work on it, go to work, finish work and then work on it again. Building and manufacturing became my real passion.”
Michael now owns a stainless steel business, called ‘Truckin Stainless’, producing goods in his shed-workshop where he finished building ‘Filthy’.
“We put the motor and box in place, string winded all my concrete and started building ‘Filthy’ from there,’ Michael said.
“My favourite feature is definitely its appearance. It’s in your face.
“It’s got a bit of an ‘old school’ look to it. We’ve got a lift up bumper that tilts up, so we can get over speed bumps and what not, and we have a custom steering-wheel with that quick release.
“It’s a got a custom grill, manufactured and all done here in house. The gauges have all got the ‘Truckin Stainless’ logo on them too. They light up at night which is a pretty cool feature.”
Whilst Michael still struggles to put an exact figure on the building costs, he assumes it would be around the $50,000 (AUD) mark – and fortunately, the money has never been an issue for the mechanic.
Michael has now built up quite the following online with more than 14,000 likes on his ‘Truckin’ Facebook page, where he regularly posts videos of ‘Filthy’ and his other projects.
He said: “Yeah, my friends are a bit jealous of ‘Filthy’ and what I’ve done with it.
“It’s so great, you know, I get to take them for a run around the block at night and then they’re just cool with it.
“I’m really proud of the truck and what I have built. All the work we have done, all the customisation.
“To own a one-of-a-kind truck, that’s so different – yeah, I’m definitely proud of it.”