It has been said that in the late 1800s the first American town that had two automobiles in it was the same town that had the first automobile accident. As the popularity of the automobile rose in America, the frequency of car crashes rose as well. We’ve been smashing cars into each other here in the ole US of A for over a hundred years now. Believe it or not, that’s something to celebrate. And for that reason every self respecting town and country fair has a destruction derby. The destruction derby, smash up derby, or demolition derby as it is sometimes called, is an event where a group of folks get some old American cars, put them in an arena and then run into each other on purpose. Yes, I said, “on purpose.” They crash into each other until there is only one car still running, well, barely still running in most cases. The crowd goes wild as the machines collide, inflicting heavy damage to the cars and bruises to the drivers.