As you know, here at Mac’s Motor City Garage we embrace the unconventional. Here’s a feature you’ll find nowhere else: a photo essay on the cars at Burning Man by MCG correspondent Mark Amos.
For those who aren’t totally familiar, Burning Man is an art happening/cultural fair//be in/social experiment that takes place each September on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Beyond that, the event pretty much thwarts coherent description, so we’ll just refer you to the explanation on the Burning Man website.
Vehicles, and some really imaginative ones at that, are part of the scene at Burning Man, a development that has always intrigued us. We asked MCG correspondent Mark Amos, an annual participant at Burning Man, to give us a brief lowdown. Here’s Mark.
The cars of Burning Man
by Mark Amos
I attended my first Burning Man in 1996. One of the images burned into my overloaded mind that year was that of a 40 feet-long silver shark (Ripper the Shark, by Tom Kennedy) patrolling the desert. This was my introduction to the art cars at Burning Man. Every year, vehicles emulating everything from giant armadillos to tiny cupcakes can be seem cruising the Black Rock Desert at the annual event.
Here’s O My Gawd, the reggae Bug:
Even the Russians who came to Burning Man are in on the madness with this faux military tank:
The Peacock car served fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from the convection oven towed behind:
The industrial-grade six-legged crawler is more engineering than art.
This handcrafted Volkswagen Beetle clone looks relatively normal until you realize the scale. Note the woman (red arrow) looking into the right-front wheel well—at eye level.