SMASH’EM CRASH’EM: Demolition Derby
For its seemingly simple format – the last car moving is the winner – the demolition derby provides participants with the opportunity to defy common sense, abandon caution and put themselves at odds with the laws of physics. It deliberately flaunts the destruction of America’s 21th century symbol of mobility and status - the automobile.
More than 6,000 derbies take place in the United States each year. The spectators and drivers who participate in demolition derby are predominantly blue collar, or as some of them prefer to say proudly, “rednecks.” I have tried to portray them with the respect that their passion and creativity deserves, since it is really an ode to ingenuity, team work and an in your face American audacity.