The Art Cars and Mutant Vehicles of Burning Man 2018


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A Ram pickup chassis resides under this “gorilla-towing” covered wagon.



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The fire-breathing Rabid Transit mutant vehicle is a crowd favorite each year. We can see why.



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Large mutant vehicles utilize truck chassis to carry more partygoers. The dual rear wheels poking through this vehicle’s decorative elements hint at some heavy-duty underpinnings.



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The owner of this art car included a fascinating display of model cars. But sadly, no model mutants.



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Even small mutant vehicles can put on a dramatic light show.



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This will drive you bananas trying to figure out the donor truck chassis.



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Yes, this is a real boat that was allowed to run with sails deployed one afternoon.



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One of the more popular party vehicles powers past the Man-perhaps on patrol for the droids they’re looking for.



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What was once an economy car (we’re thinking Honda Civic?) is now a finned, fanged rolling canvas.



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This artist put hundreds of old license plates to good use.



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This Ford truck and camper are pretty tame by Burning Man standards, but the Wonder Bread theme is a nice touch.



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A beautifully made all-wood boat sits on an extended Suzuki Samurai frame.



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An air-cooled VW-powered telephone shuttles its occupants to the Man.



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Outrageous barely describes this art form masterly crafted by Las Vegas-based Henry Chang. Flux Capacitor now sports bigger tires, a second rear axle, and more extensive upper-deck tubular work.



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Maria del Camino, now electric-powered, is a favorite with its gyrating body. Here, it appears to be getting into launch position.



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Simple but effective-this art car is likely built on an old Oldsmobile.



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Mutant vehicles are as much part of the landscape as the static artworks. It looks like this dragon was a generic airport shuttle bus in its former life.



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Christina is another partygoers’ favorite boat. Permission to come aboard!



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It looks like there’s a van underneath all this “art.”



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It’s fortunate that mutant vehicles are restricted to 5 mph at Burning Man. Those teeth don’t look NHTSA-approved.



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Another one of Henry Chang’s amazing creations is Valyrian Steel, which has gained front mud guards and new “air inlets” for 2018.



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Underneath Disco Tank you’ll find a stock Chevrolet Trailblazer.



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Staff cars also get decked out, with some looking as if they came out of Mad Max.



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This popular vehicle used to be called DiscoFish, and 2018 was its last showing. Techno Gecko is the name for an all-electric 34-foot-wide autonomous iteration being developed. Check out technogecko.org for a glimpse of its future.



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This giant VW microbus is built on a fire truck chassis.



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Big Red is a sibling of the giant microbus.



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Here’s a one-eyed mutant vehicle cruising by the Man at sunrise.



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Details on this four-wheel-drive owl creation were few, but we love the copper pieces used for the face. Yes, that is a repurposed 747 party bus in the background.



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It’s not a vehicle, but this 36-foot-tall polar bear was made from hundreds of white car hoods by Santa Fe-based artists Don Kennell and Lisa Adler. It will be touring the USA to highlight the plight of polar bears.



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We don’t know what this colorful mutant vehicle started as, but we can only imagine being transformed into a wolf god is an improvement.



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Yes, this is a 1951 Nash Rambler convertible dressed as a crab. Because why not?



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A second chance at life for an old Oldsmobile!



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Can you identify the car under this “boss” vehicle? Just don’t get too close-it shoots flames.



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Believe it or not, this Flintstones-inspired vehicle sits on a Range Rover chassis. We hope this is what the owner had in mind when they asked for a “more rugged off-roader.”



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Once upon a time this was a Toyota Camry station wagon. We think the new look is an improvement.



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This intricately detailed steam locomotive sits on a VW air-cooled chassis.



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It looks like this was once an Econoline shuttle bus.



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Snoop around this mishmash of art, and you’ll find a Honda Civic underneath.



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Your guess is as good as ours as to what lies beneath this furry mutant. Whatever it was, it looks like it’s enjoying its second life out in the desert.



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This was once a Crown Victoria police car! We don’t imagine it’ll be chasing any bad guys post-retirement.



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Just hand over your spare parts, and this flame-throwing Mercedes won’t give you any trouble.



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This decorated fire truck is mechanically identical to the two overgrown VWs.



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Can you tell this is a Hummer masquerading as a giant Kubelwagen?



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Could this be an old Chevy pickup? The twin flamethrowers don’t provide any clues.



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Where else but Burning Man can you lounge around in a brightly lit, top-hat-wearing skeleton head? This creation is yet another VW Beetle-based mutant.



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Fred Weber’s Anubis is built on a shortened Ford LTD chassis. In a million years, we never would’ve guessed.



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A recycled Mazda pickup makes a good basis for mutating.




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