We made bets on what the crowd would be like. It was overwhelmingly white and redneck, sure, but it was still far more diverse than any of us had expected. There were a fair number of black folks, and I heard people speaking Spanish; at the same time, the Confederate flag was out in force: T-shirts, hats, bumper stickers on the fifty gazillion pick-up trucks in the parking lot. You would never have guessed that the South had lost the war. My favorite display of the Stars'n'Bars? No question. This guy.
I'm guessing that grinning, behatted dude is the truck's owner, and I'm going to cling to that belief in the absence of any evidence to the contrary. Because that is so ludicrous it's *awesome.*
The demolition derby race was pretty fun: the winner entered as Car 55, the police car seen memorably in a truck in THE BLUES BROTHERS, and a station wagon billed itself as THE GRISWOLD FAMILY. One car lost a wheel halfway through, but kept going until it lost another and was beached. Probably rigged to happen, but nicely done even so. There were some interesting choices in the music they had blaring from the speakers; I expected stuff like "Bad to the Bone" and "God Bless the USA," but I was a little surprised to hear Disturbed's cover of Genesis's "Land of Confusion". Maybe they had a Ron Paul fan on the soundboard?