Petrolheads in Australia were treated to a tyre-frying spectacular earlier this month, with a successful attempt at the world record for the largest simultaneous car tyre burn-out.

Drivers from all corners of Australia descended on Canberra's Exhibition Park for the attempt, with some traveling thousands of kilometres from Western Australia and Northern Queensland to take part.

With this being the first time the record had been attempted, a guideline target of 50 cars was set.

In total 69 cars began the challenge, which clocked up a total output of 35,000 horsepower - (26,000kW), and saw 138 tyres burnt.

Pink, orange and red smoke caused by specially made burnout tyres, engulfed the Exhibition Park, with the billowing clouds visible from the other side of Canberra long after the 30-second attempt had finished.

With one vehicle unable to count towards the final total due to a mechanical failure, once the smoke had cleared the record of 68 cars was confirmed by Guinness World Records official Chris Sheedy in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 10,000 spectators.

Speaking after the attempt, which took six months to prepare, Andy Lopez from event organisers Street Machine Summernats said "At ground level it was just unbelievable. The noise, the smoke, how quickly it erupted, it was just amazing. It's hard to put it into words,"

"We'd really like to thank all the drivers, staff and sponsors for making this incredible event happen. We wouldn't have been able to do have done it without those guys," continued Lopez.