The most epic, pointless Hot Wheels track of all-time

Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm ET

Kissed With Apocalypse, NASCAR

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Although I don’t recall ever being this into Hot Wheels as a kid, I must say that had I ever encountered something like Chris Burden’s Metropolis 2 my interest may have been piqued.

Chris Burden's Trans-Fixed

Trans-Fixed -- Chris Burden (1974)

Since the early 70’s, Burden has made waves  for a variety of provocative performance art exhibitions, perhaps most notably in 1974 with Trans-Fixed. That particular piece saw the artist crucified to the back of a Volkswagen Beetle, and several other  WTF-inducing  displays have followed in its wake over the years.

Now, while the above, apparently nugatory parade of toy cars may lack the shock value of seeing someone nailed to the rear of an iconic automobile, such perplexing undertakings certainly share the trait of evoking inquiry, however trivial, in the minds of viewers.

I certainly don’t mind asking “Why?” here. Do you? But, though duly impressed by the sheer amount of engineering involved, I suppose I’m ultimately left with a feeling of vacuity — curiously, not at all unlike the handful of times I’ve tried to watch NASCAR.

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