What would you think of someone whose favourite video games as a youngster involved mass violence and destruction with titles such as Carmageddon, Destruction Derby, Grand Theft Auto and Road Rash? Hopefully nothing too bad because I’ve been abstaining from playing those games and poisoning my just soul for the last decade. I can’t say I grew out of it because I was made aware of a competitive car race held in country Victoria that brought all those memories back.
According to the Crash N Bash website:
Crash ‘n Bash Racing started in the late 1980’s. Cannonball Derby was the name it was known by back then. Crash ‘n Bash is a form of Motor Sport where contact is permitted on the track. The idea came from three members of Alexandra Speedway who proposed that Alexandra run a class that basically had no rules. The idea behind the proposal was to have a class that was cheap to get into and give spectators something to enjoy other than Demolition Derby.
I wasn’t able to make the 69 Lap Dog Leg Rumble on Sunday but instead drove out to the Nagambie Speedway for the heats on Saturday. It was hard to get clean shots through the double barrier but you can see quite clearly the mudspray the smashed up saloons generated as they whizzed around the track. Most of the contact involved flicking out an opponent from behind by hitting the rear quarter panels, much like the moves the police tried on me in the aforementioned video games. The most amusing sight was a bloke whose bonnet flew up covering his windscreen after making contact. He still proceeded to race despite being waved off the track by flags he most likely couldn’t see.