If you only follow one motorsports series for the rest of your life, it should absolutely be the one that involves grown men riding toy cars downhill. You may have never have heard of extreme Barbie Jeep racing before, but after watching footage of some of the most funny, ridiculous power wheels-based wipeouts of all time, how can you not be completely on board with this?
The above video from the rekjavicxxx YouTube channel shows some of the wildest crashes from a Barbie Jeep race event that was put on by Rednecks With Paychecks in Saint Jo, Texas back in 2017. The goal of such a competition is to simply sit astride a plastic Jeep and ride down a rocky, big hill towards a finish line. Pretty badass, right?
Don't be fooled by the fact that "Barbie Jeep" is in the title, though, because this extreme sport is clearly no kid's game. As you can see from the compilation, more often than not, these races eventually culminate in the driver physically having to carry his car over the checkered finish line.
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The racing is simple, the goal is unclear, and it's accessible to nearly everyone with a beer and a child's toy. Basically, it's tailgating with a little bit of rough competition thrown in. What's not to love?
Not only is downhill Barbie Jeep racing the true embodiment of the extreme racer's state of mind, but it's probably one of the most epic ways to spend a weekend. Get a few friends together, pick up a couple cases of beer, cop a sturdy ride-on toy car, find a ridiculously steep hill, and try it for yourself. You'll get the appeal right away.
This post was originally published on December 10, 2018.