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Photos from a Muddy, Messy Demolition Derby in France

Winning just isn't that important at the Rodeo Car Club.

by Edouard Sepulchre
Jun 17 2016, 5:55pm

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This article originally appeared on VICE Netherlands.

On a field in northern France, close to the Belgian border, the Rodeo Car Club regularly gets together for its stock car races—or stock car "rodeos," as the club more appropriately calls them. The budget is limited, the track muddy, the cars home-built, and looking like they'll fall apart when you sneeze. There's hardly any money in winning the race, but winning just isn't that important at the Rodeo Car Club.

During the races, the booze flows freely, children run around the track, a merciless, endless stream of 80s power anthems blasts through the speakers, and there's an absolute absence of sponsors or bannering. French photographer Edouard Sepulchre couldn't resist documenting one of the rodeos recently.