If we hit $3000 by the end of the campaign, I will paint the car with pink metal flake!
I have an old 1986 Chevrolet Caprice. It's a gorgeous example of vintage American car manufacturing, a relic of a different time. Let's honor its legacy by making it beautiful, entering a demolition derby, and winning first place.
If you have never been to a demolition derby then you are missing out on an incredible piece of Americana. Unfortunately, the demolition derby is becoming less popular. This is due to the increased value of salvaged steel, and many cars becoming collector items. I'm not trying to make a case to save them, rather, simply to document them and to help a larger audience experience them. They are wonderful, local, community events that inspire families, friends, and neighbors to come together to witness the blissful display of complete mechanical destruction. It's a visceral and unexpectedly thrilling experience. I understand that to some people this seems like an incredibly wasteful use of an old car. However, this car is no longer road worthy. It won't pass emissions, it's a gas guzzler, and it isn't worth restoring. I always try to sell the useable parts that must be removed, such as lights and windows. Not only that but once this derby is complete, the car will be hauled off to the scrap yard and recycled. Not before I saw off pieces as memorabilia for those who want them.
This isn't my first rodeo - it will be my 5th demolition derby. I've always treated them like performance art pieces rather than a true sport. My car is always the best looking, and I've even done it in a 3 piece suit and tie. I have never won first place, and sometimes I wonder if it's because I treat this like an art piece. This time it's going to be a different story.
The derby is scheduled for Sunday July 26th.
The hard part is complete - I have the car. Help me with the final push of very important items, some of which keep me alive. Pledges will go to purchase the following items:
A fuel tank, a transmission cooler, car transportation, a new helmet, small hardware items such as chains and wiring, some necessary tools, entry fees, storage, buying my helpers lunch, and most importantly PAINT.
A footnote about the title - Cry Cry Cry was the name of my grandfather's boat and a phrase he used in many instances. I now carry on the tradition in my own way.
I have some amazing rewards for my backers! Scope all of them over there->>
Pledge $2 will get a sticker that looks something like this:
Pledge $8 and you'll receive 2 embroidered patches that look something like this:
The top patch is about 4 inches long, and the tear patch is a little over an inch tall.
Everyone loves a pink T-shirt right? For $20 you can cop one that will look something like this:
I'm going to make some prints in the style of 1960s/70s stock car posters. I will use an actual image of the car when it's done for this poster, (below is a draft) for $75 you'll get a poster that will look something like this:
If you pledge $60 and above you'll get an ACTUAL PIECE OF THE CAR.
At the $45, $95, $125, and $200 amounts I'll paint any text you like right on the car. Just like a NASCAR sponsor! Below are the areas available to these backers.
$45 puts your name on the trunk
$95 affords you any space in the GREEN areas
$125 affords you any space in the BLUE areas
$200 affords you any space in the PINK areas
Check out the list on the right for the full rundown of possible rewards.
I hope you'll will help fund this car's last hurrah. This car is slotted for the crusher, so why not give it the viking funeral that it deserves?
Risks and challenges
Apart from the obvious risks associated with entering a demo derby, this project really has very few. One of the major risks is finding someone to help transport the car. This isn't impossible, but the derby is on a Sunday and a lot of towing companies are closed. Push comes to shove, I'll just rent a Uhaul.
The other major factor is cost of certain parts and tools. If funded this project should go off without a hitch. However, things happen and parts break. I plan on providing the funds myself should it come to that. Simply put, if this is funded we're going to do this!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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