First rule of demolition drag racing: there are no rules.
You should all be pretty familiar with drag racing, and if you haven't seen it in person, you’ve likely seen clips from a demolition derby at one point or another. But drag racing and a demolition derby combined? Yes, it’s a real thing, and it looks like a ton of fun.
It was dreamed up by famed gearhead YouTuber Cleetus McFarland. It’s the latest addition to his annual "Cleetus and Cars" racing event, and it’s aptly named "Demolition Drag Racing" because else did you expect it to be called?
The idea is to line up the clunker of your choosing at the starting line, and then sprint to the finish as fast as possible, similar to a typical drag race. But in this case, drivers must make contact with the other car before crossing the finish line, otherwise, they’re both disqualified. Apart from that, it's mostly a free-for-all.
This fascinating new motorsports event is exemplified perfectly in the video above. In it we see a PT Cruiser (of course), a Crown Vic, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, a Volvo wagon, and a Honda Civic take to the starting line. All of the drivers have their own unique strategy – at one point, the Volvo driver even decides to start backwards – but the end result is almost always automotive carnage. The final act sees four of the cars crushed by a monster truck.
It’s safe to assume that Demolition Derby Drag Racing won't be as widely regarded as say Nascar or Formula 1. Still, it looks like a ton of fun nonetheless. And we want to try it.
Source: Cleetus McFarland via Jalopnik