Thrills, chills, spills and plastic carnage
March 23, 2014 9:49 AM   Subscribe

Spectacular crashes, and the hollerin' from the sidelines got me chuckling. Finally, something to watch between episodes of Roadkill.
posted by carsonb at 10:18 AM on March 23, 2014

This is very different to what I was expecting.
posted by Solomon at 10:20 AM on March 23, 2014

Pfft! I did this all the time as a kid with an assortment of Big Wheels, Green Machines (Batman variant), pedal trucks and tricycles. After they were no longer servicable for careening down the Shale Hill in the woods behind my house, we set them on fire.

Ride or die, motherfuckers.
posted by KingEdRa at 10:24 AM on March 23, 2014 [6 favorites]

Really the perfect thing for a Sunday morning.
posted by annsunny at 10:31 AM on March 23, 2014

So, not stock, then?

We have one of these Barbie Rock'n Jeeps as a hand-me-down, and when I was researching a replacement battery I discovered several web communities of guys who modify these vehicles. I refuse to speculate whether they are the same guys who elbow their sons aside in order to soup up the Cubs' Pinewood derby cars.
posted by wenestvedt at 10:31 AM on March 23, 2014 [3 favorites]

This was great, thanks for posting it. I did wonder if they were buying these new, thrifting them, or getting them from friends and family. New, these things cost like 100 bucks, minimum.
posted by codacorolla at 10:49 AM on March 23, 2014

It’s like a redneck Bring Your Own Big Wheel.
posted by El Mariachi at 11:29 AM on March 23, 2014

I approve of any sport that requires you to say "Hey, hold my beer." before competing.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:58 AM on March 23, 2014 [3 favorites]

Yeah, from the title I thought it might be Barbie dolls duct taped to RC cars and sent through mud and barbed wire and such, but this was better.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 12:02 PM on March 23, 2014

Always been a problem with showroom stock racing; suspension attachment points tend to not be strong enough for sustained race duty.
posted by Mitheral at 12:47 PM on March 23, 2014 [4 favorites]

I had no idea the subculture of racing/overpowered Barbie Jeeps, Corvettes and Thundercat wagons or whatever was so large, widespread, and well-attended. I am encouraged by this. Also, I would prefer the tiny euro-jeeps to standard golf carts, please.

Speaking of Big Wheels, I'm not gonna say I was a big Gallagher fan, but I really, really wanted this when I first saw it.
posted by umberto at 1:08 PM on March 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

That was just about the silliest thing I've seen in a long long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:42 PM on March 23, 2014

Every once in a while I try to imagine what the result would be like if an alien civilization had to make sense of and extrapolate about the nature of humanity, with just one piece of media to base it on. This is one such instance.
posted by jklaiho at 1:50 PM on March 23, 2014 [2 favorites]

...extreme Barbie jeep racing

It's a good try, but nothing says ‘insane behavior’ more than the people in England who go cheese rolling.
posted by LeLiLo at 10:13 PM on March 23, 2014

I approve of any sport that requires you to say "Hey, hold my beer." before competing.

If it were truly a sport, you wouldn't need someone else to hold it to keep from spilling.
posted by yerfatma at 5:12 AM on March 24, 2014

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