Beater Bonfire

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90 years ago, the US was already overrun with 40 million cars (ompare that to the 276 million registered vehicles today). Many of those were on their last leg. Chicago car dealers promoted Used Car Week by stacking jalopies nearly 50 feet high on an island in Lake Michigan, where they torched them. 100,000 folks gathered to watch the flames of 200 cars fill the air.

I don’t know if you’ve ever smelled one of these, but they don’t smell pleasant.

7 thoughts on “Beater Bonfire”

  1. Oh that smell would be horrid. For a while our state was converting old tires into replacement road beds for highway projects . . . that is until the new roads started to smolder every summer from the hot summer sun.

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