Wednesday night brought the figure 8 derby. The regular demolition derby is all about destroying other cars, but the figure 8 derby is a race that just happens to have a bit more contact than most other races.
Tuesday evening brought the always-popular demolition derby. If you’re not familiar with demolition derbies, here’s how they work: a bunch of old cars smash into each other until only one can move. It’s a thoroughly entertaining spectacle.
Tuesday’s derby had notable spectators: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos from the Cooking Channel show Extra Virgin. They spent the summer traveling around America for a new show called Extra Virgin Americana, and as part of their stop in Detroit they visited Chelsea to check out the demolition derby. (Making a sport out of destroying old worn-out cars does seem pretty American. It’s also lots of fun to watch!) Here’s a cameraman filming the action.
There are plenty of ways cars can get knocked out of the derby. The engine can die, the drivetrain (or some other crucial part) can fail, a whole wheel can fall off…or a back bumper can get pushed down and lift your drive wheels off the ground. It’s hard to move when your wheels aren’t on the ground.
The Chelsea Community Fair was last week! Chelsea Update ran bunches of my photos as part of its extensive coverage of the fair, so be sure to head over there to see everything that went on at the fairgrounds. I’ll be posting more extensive sets of fair photos over the next few weeks, but for now, here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of fair week in Chelsea.