Gustavus Demolition Derby

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Even in relatively tight-knit bush communities, there are few things that everyone can agree upon. But in the southeast Alaska town of Gustavus (population 500), residents have recently discovered an event that seemingly everyone can rally around—a demolition derby.

The somewhat accidental brainchild of long-time resident Bruce McDonough, the Gustavus Demolition Derby came about in 2019 when McDonough found himself with an old beater vehicle that only ran intermittently. It wasn’t reliable enough to sell, and not even nice enough to give away. McDonough realized that there were actually quite a few vehicles around town like that—because the expense of ferrying a vehicle out of Gustavus was high enough

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