Chelsea Fair Demolition Derby: 25 August 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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Chelsea Fair Overview: 25-29 August 2015

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.

Kids parade:
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Kids games:
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Demolition derby:
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General merriment:
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Figure 8 derby:
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A Whole Bunch of Photos from 2014

In 2014 I took a few photos of some stuff. Let’s take a look at some of the photographic highlights!

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Winter on Main Street (2 January)

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Snow accumulation on a Park Street bench (2 January)

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Snow-covered bushes on Jackson Street (2 January)

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Chelsea girls basketball (10 January)

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Chelsea boys basketball (10 January)

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Chelsea boys basketball (10 January)

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Chelsea hockey (14 January)

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Chelsea hockey (14 January)

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Chelsea hockey (14 January)

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Chelsea girls basketball (17 January)

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Chelsea basketball student section (17 January)

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Chelsea Chiefs youth hockey exhibition between periods of a Chelsea varsity hockey game (22 January)

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Chelsea Fair: Truck Pull: 23 August 2014

The truck pull wraps up the final evening of the Chelsea Fair. Except for the vehicle type, it’s essentially the same as the tractor pull: four-wheeled vehicles try to post the longest pull.

The first few trucks look like normal trucks because they are normal trucks.

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Seriously: these trucks drive in, pull once, and then go back home to do normal things that normal trucks do.

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One truck was…not young.

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Once the normal trucks are done, the decidedly not-normal trucks take over.

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Trucks that are built for pulling are powerful, fast, and LOUD. They’re fun to watch, and they always draw a good crowd at the fair.

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The powerful, fast, LOUD trucks are usually easy to spot.

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Run for the Rolls: 23 August 2014

Before the Chelsea fair parade takes over Main Street, the Run for the Rolls sends runners of all ages on a one-mile route from downtown Chelsea to the fairgrounds. It’s a great part of a festive day in Chelsea: the run raises money for local organizations, the runners get to enjoy support from the large crowd gathered for the fair parade, and the winner of each age group receives (DELICIOUS) rolls from the Common Grill.

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This runner decided to have a little fun:

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The Run for the Rolls attracts participants of all ages.

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The run even includes a few passengers!

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Chelsea Fair: Tractor Pull: 22 August 2014

Friday night brought another popular Chelsea Fair event: the tractor pull. What happens at a tractor pull? Well, the name tells you what you need to know: tractors pull stuff. (If you’d like more specifics on tractor and truck pulls, the NTPA can answer all your questions.)

The first few tractors looked like tractors. They’re all modified to some degree, but they still look somewhat normal.

Next up were the mini modified tractors, which look nothing like tractors. They also look like a lot of fun.

Then there were more tractory tractors…

…and tractors that weren’t even pretending to be normal tractors.

Not even the least little bit.

They’re as loud as they look, too. These tractors are the reason I take earplugs to the tractor pull.

Chelsea Fair: Demolition Derby: 21 August 2014

Tuesday’s demolition derby had to be canceled due to severe weather, but to the delight of derby fans throughout the Chelsea area (and probably the fair board, too), Thursday’s derby had no such trouble.

As you may recall from the figure 8 demolition derby post, the goal of this non-numerical demolition derby is not to complete any number of laps, but to use your car to demolish your opponents’ cars until they can no longer move.

When this car was on the road, it had a trunk:

One of the more fragile and vulnerable parts of a car is the radiator. When something happens to the radiator, it’s often hard to miss.

Especially for the driver.

There are three reasons the officials will pause the derby: an injured driver, a fire, or a potentially dangerous car part lying on the ground. You know, like this one:

There was one round of trucks mixed into the Thursday derby:

This driver exhorted the crowd to make some noise before he resumed smashing into the 4570 truck:

When the trucks finished, the cars were back at it.

Remember what I said about the radiator?