One can easily claim that the automobile has played a prominent role in shaping American culture and its landscape.  America's love affair with the car reach great heights in the 50s, but as philosopher George Batille would argue, there is only a degree of separation between passion and destruction.  This started to become apparent in James Dean's chicken race, and reached its fullest manisfestation with the popularity of Demolition Derby where the contest was actually to destroy one another's cars.  

Dawn DeDeaux / Winner 1976 Demolition Derby in the Louisiana Superdome as the only female in a field of 35 contenders.