There are moments when I think I’d like to go to Burning Man, mostly when I see some of the creative vehicles. Not so when I see the inevitable dust storms. Here’s a few from this year’s event, although I don’t guarantee that. This is my favorite, and supposedly there’s a 1973 Cadillac under there somewhere.
This one is titled “Maria del Camino”, and I suspect it does something more when it’s in motion. Let’s check you tube:
Sure enough, here it is, but it’s not a kinematic as I might have thought.
How about the world’s biggest VW bus?
And of course Eugene’s own Tricerotops.
And so many more.
That first one is OutStanding! Cadillac Man from the Twenty-Third Century! Except it’s got a Packard grille. I really would like to ask the man who owns one.
This page (with another picture) says “Rocket Car, built by David Best, based on a 1973 Cadillac. This classic american car converted by David Best into an outrageously long black rocket car has been at Burning Man for many years, and it has become a fixture. Watch the video of the making of the rocket car.”
You really must have a look at that video, at least the last two minutes where we see Best and his friends cruising around in it. The donor Caddy had Oregon plates! Warning: Sawzall scenes: not for the squeamish.
Like you, Burning Man has always been exciting and attractive to me, from the cool comfort of my computer screen.
> Except it’s got a Packard grille. I really would like to ask the man who owns one.
Wow what is that “VW Bus” built on?
Earthmover, though thats just a guess.
“Walter the Bus” is built on a Walter Motor Company CF model crash truck. Unitised body, aluminium panels. See the whole story here: http://www.walterthebus.org/specs/
Yep. Its got its own website, which I found thanks to Google.
Not sure if Earth or Tatooine…
Is George Lucas getting ready for another episode of Star Wars?
A car I temporailly owned was turned in to an art car for burning man about a decade ago. It was a V864 powered Cadillac that I ended up with from one of my tenants. It was turned into the Shark Bar which became infamous and was told it couldn’t return. It was constructed in the Everett Wa area and made the trip to Burning man mostly assembled. As far as I can tell this is it.
What does it take to get banned from Burning Man? Were they distributing RNC propaganda?
Here is the official letter underneath the one to LaContessa http://afterburn.burningman.com/03/playa_safety/dmvletters.html Early on they required them to remove the side fins you can see laying up against it here, because they clipped a few things with them.
CAUTION: Rant ahead.
The (glorious) basterds! Hairy, hippie, hypocritical basterds! I just read those letters. Though the subject matter seems plausible enough, the language of the letters and the reaction is very patronising.
> Law enforcement has recently expressed concerns about the Shark car
> in a public meeting forum. Burning Man will no longer tolerate potentially
> dangerous cars
One word from the Man, and they’re down on their knees. Unsafe driving practices!? These are the folk who would protest Govt. interference?
> …far above and beyond the scope of our duties…
Oh please. Could a bureaucrat have written this better?
> …Rangers and DMV were extremely generous in the amount of latitude you were shown….
Why? If they were so dangerous, why weren’t they removed quickly? So as not to bust the participants’ bubble, that’s why. They would have a nanny state if they could. Hypocrites, all of them. Giving liberty a bad name.
They knock over/ran down a number of people with those fins on the side before they were told to remove them. They also reportedly took the door off of a guy’s 57 Chevy pickup. They were also generally belligerent drunks according to my friend who connected the builder of the Shark Bar with me and is certainly one of the people in at least one of those photos.
Note there have been other Shark cars inspired by it.
…………somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold