NO ART CARS - BM 2008...
You won't see Art car similar to these: www.artcaragency.com/
because they are not "Mutant Vehicles".
What do you think about that?
No Art Cars at SF Decompression, they were invited, but aren't interested in coming because they aren't going to have a place in BM 2008.
You won't see Art car similar to these: www.artcaragency.com/
because they are not "Mutant Vehicles".
What do you think about that?
No Art Cars at SF Decompression, they were invited, but aren't interested in coming because they aren't going to have a place in BM 2008.
Unsu...Sat, March 1, 2008 - 8:10 PM"Can you give a link of what is a Mutant Vehicle? I want to know what to know the minimal of what I need to do / "Call it the American Dream"
Burning Man is a bike and pedestrian community by design. Mutant vehicles have been incorporated into that design in a quantity that celebrates their uniqueness, while at the same time preserving the safety of Black Rock City for the majority of the community. MV creators are in a privileged position to exhibit their creation and many wish to experience this motorized mobility and opportunity. Unfortunately not everyone can be accommodated by simply attempting to provide the minimum community contribution, when new creators excel so fantastically in proposals for unique and over the top, exciting mobilty.
Consider the limited community contribution of Mutant Vehicles that lack a basic strong conceptual direction towards visual or participatory elements and project a dominant base vehicle as foremost a means of travel.
Fri, September 21, 2007 - 10:03 AMi think the "Art Cars" on the link were invited to SF decom, but decided not to go because they aren't allowed on the playa as "Mutant Vehicles" since they're just decorated cars.
that's what i gather from this nonsense.
Fri, September 21, 2007 - 6:45 PM(P.S. I deleted my own post, because I needed to add some edits, wish Tribe had a way to edit).
The post and question is very clear if one has an understanding of what is considered an "Art Car" and what is considered a "Mutant Vehicle". But that is really what is unclear right now...what is an Art Car?
Art Car: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_car
"An art car is a vehicle that has its appearance modified as an act of personal artistic expression. Art car artists usually drive and own their own work. They are sometimes referred to as "Cartists". Art car artists or owners often dress in a matching motif when displaying their cars. Art cars and car artists come from all walks of life, uphold a wide range of personal philosophies and beliefs and come from all political groups.
An important aspect of art cars and car artists is the general belief that there are no standards. Ideally, there are no super stars nor is any car better than any other. Art cars are unique in that no art car is a "bad" or "wrong" art car. There is more of a sense of inclusion than in other car groups which focus on standards, specific historic periods or makes and models of car.
Most car artists are ordinary people with no artistic training. They are largely self taught and self funded, though some mainstream trained artists have also worked in the art car medium. Some consider their art to be created as a source of income or as "professional" artworks. Most others agree that creating and driving an art car daily is its own reward...
Art cars can be driven as daily drivers. Others are hauled around the country on trailers and have never driven any where but within art car shows. Others are found everywhere from the local grocery store, to formal museums to organized shows. Some are predominantly functional whereas others are considered primarily art works. Some car artists would never rent their car out while others build cars to make money.
Art Cars Vs. Mutant Vehicle
Art cars have been featured at Burning Man since its inception but in recent years the festival has been forced to limit the number of vehicles on the playa. As such they have restricted the vehicles that are licensed to what they are now calling "mutant vehicles". There has been some confusion within the Burning Man and Art Car communities over these two terms, with some believing the terms are simply synonyms. According to art car artist and Art Car Fest organizer Philo Northrup, art cars are "street-legal vehicles that have been permanently transformed into mobile sculptures". According to the Burning Man DMV, Mutant Vehicles are "'art on wheels': radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified motorized vehicles". Obviously there is some overlap in these categories. In general if you can still easily tell what kind of a vehicle it was created from, it's probably an art car. If it can't be legally driven in city streets it's probably a mutant vehicle. A good example of a creation that is both an art car and a mutant vehicle is Carthedral."
So it comes down to this, if street legal type Art Car Vehicles are not allowed at Burning Man, that means Cars like the 'Cartedral' wouldn't be permitted? www.artcaragency.com/images/...r12A.jpg
As an Art Car Camp, member of 3 years, this not only bans a car, this limits a culture that is very much a part of the origins of Burning Man. Numerous Burning Man city-wide events and fundraisers have featured Art Cars and the Work of Harrod Blank www.harrodblank.com/ We loose the cars, we loose the people that drive them.
Tue, September 25, 2007 - 3:39 PMThat is a little sad… When I first went to burning man in 96 I was really impressed by the art cars (even the ones that consisted only of a car covered with kids toys… actually those are the only ones I can remember)
Anyway now that I have enough resources to do an art car.. it looks like I don’t have a point. I mean why do an art car if you can’t drive it at burning man?
I think they should at least grandfather in the old timers...
Wed, September 26, 2007 - 8:45 AM"When I first went to burning man in 96 I was really impressed by the art cars (even the ones that consisted only of a car covered with kids toys… actually those are the only ones I can remember)"
Exactly what I was thinking and it occurred to me in the last few years that you don't see them anymore on the playa. Now what you see are mostly big, gaudy lit up vehicles that usually double or triple as bars, mobile sound camps and roving dance clubs etc. There's nothing wrong with them but I miss seeing the true art cars that I used to see a decade ago as well.
Wed, September 26, 2007 - 12:11 PMI take it back… when I last went to burning man I did see 1 of the old fashion art cars (that basically consists of random objects glued to a car).
So I asked for a ride… the driver told me something that surprised me. Apparently the car was owned by Burning Man and was used for official reasons… Now this was the first time I had been to BRC since 98 so the idea of official reasons through me for a loop. Anyway I have heard roomers of under cover cops in Art Cars… I did not believe that idea at first, but now I would think twice about offering a joint to someone at Burning Man driving an art car.
Unsu...Sun, October 28, 2007 - 4:33 PMThe Department of Mutant Vehicle Hotties encourages you to take the time to learn the difference between Art Cars and Burning Man Mutant Vehicles and the history of the DMV at Black Rock City.
(Click on “next” in the album for a incomplete history of vehicles at Burning Man)
"Obsessive Collection" Art Cars have become so common in creation and everyday life that they are fodder for internet parody. Glue and screw object covered vehicles that still retain the base vehicle shape are not considered Mutant Vehicles:
Playazon DIY Art Car Kits
Take one junker car, add a few gallons of industrial adhesive and several hundred (or thousand) of just about any similar items, and you have one of the coolest types of mutant vehicle on the playa; The "obsessive collection" art car. Why not make this the year you make the transition from spectator to spectated? Since you probably already have a suitable vehicle in your garage, all you need is a couple of free weekends and one of our Do-It-Yourself Art Car Kits. So if you think you have what it takes to get one of these collections on the road, E-mail our auto parts specialist at acparts at playazon . com to check prices, availability and shipping options.
Tiny Toy Art Car Kit
This is the perfect kit for the Art Car first timer. Several thousand small children's toys. Many have relatively large, flat bottoms that are easy to glue down. And with a collection like this, compositional errors are hardly a concern.
Toy Truck Art Car Kit
Here is a kit that is an homage to the art form itself. Over 100 junker toy vehicles. All mostly constructed of metal (just like real cars.) For a self-referential twist you could create an art car of little art cars by gluing collections of tiny objects to each of these toys before attaching them to your vehicle!
Flatware Art Car Kit
Now here's a kit you could put someone's eye out with.135 lbs. of knives, forks and spoons... nearly 200 mismatched place settings. A random mix of metal and cheap plastic-handled flatware with enough coverage to build a mid-sized pancakemobile or the Edsel that ate Detroit.
Banjo Art Car Kit
Opportunity of a lifetime! One of our suppliers discovered in the back of a recently acquired police auction pickup truck - nearly half a cord of banjos! This kit includes over 50 complete banjos (complete meaning necks and pots) and an assortment of mismatched tuning pegs, rusted strings and flattened finger picks. For safety's sake, every one of these instruments has had its truss rod sheared, hence there is no danger of any of them being tuned or played. But we guarantee that even in repose this ensemble is as frightening as when it was alive.
Swarm of Skulls Art Car Kit
Goth dream come true! Fresh from a local mink farm, these skulls are relatively clean and will require only a minimum amount of de-fleshing and boiling to remove the last traces of animal tissue (and you will want to get them clean because the DMV is notorious for not issuing a license to any vehicle that smells like a rotting whale carcass.) Now that fur is making a comeback we can supply these to you in almost any quantity you might require. Packaged in sealed 55 gallon drums, this item only ships by common carrier.
Baby's First Art Car Kit
Is that playa hottie you met and married five years ago at Burning Man turning into a middle class biological time bomb? This is just the kit to get them out of the nest and back into an art car. All shoes guaranteed to be electroplated (not just a bad bronze paint job.) Available in unlimited quantities.
Tue, March 4, 2008 - 9:39 AMI didn't read this thread. But I did look at the picture and I have to call BULLSHIT on that.
So what happens if you do it anyway? Do you get a ticket? What if you were driving your dehydrated friend across that playa and you got lost and your car happened to be cool and you did it every day, then what?
What if people with cool cars started a taxi company in the middle of the playa? Or a tour car company that could drive you in relaxation to the far side? That could be a bureaucratic loophole for which the DMV could create another license and then you would be required to put in at lease an hour of taxi every day. That would be cool. I guarantee I'd be there waiting for a ride since I can't seem to hold onto a bike.
Bikes rob me of my on foot experience.
Find a loophole people. Rules are designed to create revenue. Go read the constitution. That's the job of congress ... revenue. If you have a good enough lawyer (or priest) you can get around the law and create a successful industry. I have seen some magnificent "art cars" and their absence would be just another example of the people being too apathetic to defend their freedoms. DO IT ANYWAY! Go fuck someone at the DMV. Don't let that stupid car go to waste.
I mean ... I'm not gonna do it. I don't give a shit if we all end up wearing uniforms and burning books. I'm still going to have a fabulous time!
If someone already said that or answered my question, sorry. I didn't read the thread. I prefer to be a ignorant voter.
Wed, March 5, 2008 - 1:49 PMI like it when people suggest the fucked up side of things. Gives perspective on the importance of personal freedom and the injustice that is tolerated when one persons rules impact another persons desires.
Thanks Dave. That was a nice thing to say. I really love BM a lot. I don't like to believe that the evolution of the event will require the magic of it's good-old-days to dissapear. We just had more time to define what the fuck we're doing in the harsh desert dressed like bunnies. Liability is really scarry. This is a very huge and complex thingi we participate in. We should be defending our freedom with the same clairity that we attempt to avoid accidents with.... We are smart enough to peacefully assemble dressed like bunnies and drive stupid car around, especially in the name of community service!
Unsu...Wed, March 5, 2008 - 4:05 PMThe Bureau of Land Management at this very moment has millions of acres open 24/7 for "driving stupid car" around. Go ahead doll it up a little, wear a bunny suit, invite a few thousand close friends. It might be just like 1993 again.
In the meantime accept that the BLM is not going to back down on controlling and limiting vehicle movement within the event.
Unsu...Sat, April 26, 2008 - 5:11 PMThe DMV clearly needed to develop to a new level to meet the increasing population of the city. Many felt unsafe to walk in Black Rock City in 2003 due to blatant disregard of community standards by so many participants who insisted on driving their vehicles. The DMV changed terminology from art car to mutant vehicle, allowing Hotties to determine if something fits the criteria for vehicles driven on the playa during the Burning Man event. The DMV also completely revamped the licensing process for Burning Man 2004. Pre-registration begins in March, giving the DMV ample time to review applications and to communicate with individual vehicle owners, saving people who will be denied licensing from the effort of bringing vehicles to the playa. As part of this effort, the DMV began a communications campaign to the mutant vehicle community and to the Burning Man community at large that Black Rock City is ultimately a pedestrian city. Tire pressure is a privilege, not a right! Driving on the playa without a license is not only a DMV issue, but a community issue which results in a sea of vehicles that increase dust and make many pedestrians uncomfortable. The new pre-registration requirement may have taken some art car enthusiasts by surprise: 420 licensed mutant vehicles roamed the playa, down from 560 in 2003.
Unsu...Thu, May 1, 2008 - 1:20 PMMany folks planning to make the sojourn to Black Rock are asking lots of questions and seeking clarification around the myriad issues that make coming to the event both challenging and rewarding. One of the most repeated requests for clarification has to do with issues related to mutant vehicles and the current policies regarding registration and approval of them.
In response to the growing number of safety problems of vehicles being operated in an unsafe manner during the event and the complaints generated as a result, the driving regulations are strictly enforced. Note that these regulations do not reflect a mandate imposed by LEOs (law enforcement organizations). Nor do they represent collaboration with LEOs by the Black Rock Rangers. The decision to place a greater emphasis on long standing regulations is in response to the innumerable complaints expressed by participants both during the event as well as input submitted throughout the year around issues of safety. We're appealing to a higher instinct here folks. Simply put the rules for driving on the playa have not changed. The amount of emphasis being placed on those regulations has. It is about taking responsibility for ourselves when we need to.
In their purest form mutant vehicles serve as a form of mobile interaction with a great number of participants and contribute dramatically to the surreal experience which many of us experience each year during the event. They are "A thread that binds Black Rock City together. They are 'visual sculpture on wheels': radically, stunningly beautiful... and are core to the culture and community of Burning Man."
Unsu...Sat, May 10, 2008 - 2:54 PMInclude safety considerations in your design, construction and operation of your Mutant Vehicle
You must be thinking about safety in terms of your vehicle's design, passengers, operating procedures, and how people can get on and off of your vehicle, and whether your vehicle includes trailers. If your vehicle will carry passengers, you must make sure it can handle its potential passenger capacity.
Ultimately the applicant is solely accountable for all Mutant Vehicle safety cautions and considerations and is legally responsible for all aspects of safety; including but not limited to the Mutant Vehicle's design, engineering, construction, passenger capacity, safety procedures, operation and structural / mechanical integrity. Applicants must provide for and maintain functioning brakes, controllable speed, and adequate lighting.
Tragedy struck the Burning Man Community when a participant was killed in a 2003 Mutant Vehicle accident. Attorneys for the victims family cast a wide legal net that entangled the MV licensee, camp and co-creators, including all who provided labor for it's construction. Many found themselves in dire financial straights due to the cost of defending themselves in court.
Unsu...Tue, May 13, 2008 - 10:02 PMin a recent post to the Burningman Art-Car list in 2008 a contributor wrote:
"Just a little heads up.... the DMV has gotten more and more Nazi-like in their criteria, and even calling what you want to do an artcar, will meet with disapproval. For some reason, they don't like "artcars". In fact, last year they said, "After this year, no more artcars on the playa". Yes, that's a direct quote. So if you want to make something, to please THEM, it must be a "mutant vehicle", not and artcar. Which of course limits participants w/ creativity to expressing themselves ONLY if they have enough $$$$$ to afford a non-street legal vehicle, and have the $$$$$ to trailer it up there. It's a sad sad turn of events that an event that used to embrace the artcar mentality, which is that which Burning Man espouses to be, has now regected an important part of it's history and is banning artcars."
This may come as current news to some, but as part the post playa planning after the 2003 event, the DMV changed the terminology from Art Car to Mutant Vehicle. The art car community exists beyond Burning Man and the DMV is not determining whether or not something is art, but rather if something fits the criteria for vehicles driven on the playa during the Burning Man event. This change was undertaken to clear up some misconceptions about the DMV mission and clarify concerns about base vehicle recognition.
What is not considered a Mutant Vehicle?
Unmutated vehicles of any kind
Vehicles that primarily represent the base vehicle.
Vehicles only stripped to the frame and engine
Street vehicles with minimal changes
Low riders, classic cars, monster trucks, custom motorcycles, and hot rods
(there are other venues for these vehicles to be appreciated)
Unsu...Sat, June 21, 2008 - 11:03 PMVehicles at Black Rock City
From 1993 through 1996 driving at Burning Man was unrestricted and art cars were a popular form of creative and expressive transportation between far reaching points of the playa. After a participant was severely injured in an auto accident in 1996, the Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV) was created to address the challenges associated with driving during Burning Man and the growing number of people and problems associated with vehicles being driven in an unsafe manner during the event. The development of a DMV was seen as the only alternative to banning outright the movement of all vehicles and a way to preserve the opportunity for operation of Mutant Vehicles at Burning Man. Black Rock City (BRC) underwent a transformation as roadways were created and the community discovered that relying on cars to get around had reproduced a too-familiar world of personal convenience. Motorized Vehicles were designed out of Black Rock City transportation, so that a pedestrian and bike culture could emerge.
The Department of Mutant Vehicles was created so that Mutant Vehicles could continue to operate and be (1) approved for entrance into the event (2) inspected (3) licensed and (4) registered for authorized operation as required by the BRC Supplementary Rules and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Special Stipulations. The driving regulations do not reflect a collaboration or mandate imposed by law enforcement organizations. The decision to place a greater emphasis on vehicle operation is in response to the innumerable complaints expressed by participants both during the event as well as input submitted throughout the year around issues of safety. The rules for driving on the playa have not changed. The amount of emphasis being placed on those regulations has. It is about taking responsibility for ourselves when we need to.
Deciding which vehicles get licensed and which ones don't is one of the hardest volunteer responsibilities in the Burning Man community. Not every vehicle that applies for a license can (or should) be licensed. The survival of Burning Man relies in part on its participants embracing the pedestrian and bicycle nature of the event and leaving the car culture in the default world. Yearly the DMV receives over a thousand applications for an invitation to bring a Mutant Vehicle. Approximately 500 are licensed each year, an amount which strikes a balance with the static art displayed on the open playa, safety and pedestrian concerns. Burning Man is actively encouraging people to get away from their reliance on motorized vehicles for transportation and travel by foot or bike. Mutant Vehicles to receive licenses are typically radical creations that are enhanced by motion. They combine visual display and high participation factor for a community contribution that exceeds the individual benefit of motive transportation. If personal convenience and transportation appear to be the primary goal and motivation, it is unlikely that the applicant’s vehicle will be licensed for operation at Black Rock City.
BLM Special Stipulations
“Operation of motorized vehicles within the event area is prohibited. Exceptions to this prohibition are: mutant vehicles registered with BRC, BRC staff and support, medical, firefighting, motorized skateboards (go-peds) with or without handles, and disabled permitted vehicles. All vehicles shall be operated in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and stipulations, and in accordance with supplementary rules developed by BRC. In accordance with 43 CFR 8343 requirements, all motorized vehicles will be equipped with adequate front and rear lighting during night hours, and must be operating in a safe manner. Such use shall be restricted to open streets within the City. All Mutant Vehicles and staff vehicles registered with BRC, shall display their authorization so that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion.”
BRC Supplementary Rules
Pre-registration approval for Mutant Vehicle entrance into the event is MANDATORY. Applicants must comply with all DMV pre-registration guidelines and deadlines. Online Mutant Vehicle pre-registration is required and includes reading and understanding all information about Mutant Vehicles on the playa, filling out the online application and agreeing in advance to honor BRC driving protocols.
Black Rock City Driving Protocols
1) Do not drive a motorized vehicle without a DMV license.
2) Abide by all applicable federal and Nevada state laws for road safety.
3) Stop immediately upon being hailed by any BRC Staff member, Black Rock Ranger, or law enforcement officer.
4) Drive at a speed of 5 mph or less, if kicking up dust, or in hazardous situations such as tight crowds.
5) Mutant Vehicles must come to a complete stop and remain stopped during whiteouts.
6) Give the right of way to pedestrians, bicycles, and emergency services vehicles.
7) Don't drive in pedestrian-designated roads, on walkways, the Esplanade or in Center Camp.
8) Don't drive if you are chemically impaired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
9) Mutant Vehicles must create a clear field of vision for the operator and have walkers if the vehicle is large or has a limited field of vision.
10) Have safe procedures for loading and unloading passengers and always come to a complete stop before anyone gets on or off the vehicle.
11) Do not drive erratically (swerving; stopping and starting quickly).
12) Mutant Vehicles are subject to the same sound guidelines as theme camps. Sound systems over 300 watts are only allowed to play music at an unrestricted volume in the large-scale sound areas of Black Rock City. When within the city streets, and camping areas they are to turn down the sound to an appropriate level. They must also be conscience and respectful of art installations on the open playa and stationary entertainment venues by reducing the volume as they approach.
Mutant Vehicle Criteria
Burning Man defines a Mutant Vehicle as a motorized conveyance that represents a visually stimulating, whimsical, beautiful or surreal image, combined with a highly participatory community service enhanced by motion. Mutant Vehicles exhibiting limited performance or community service potential should not represent a dominant visual image of a commercially manufactured base vehicle.
Mutant Vehicle licenses
All licensed Mutant Vehicles will be given either a Day and/or a Night license. Licenses will also be designated for Street or Playa driving, based on the size of the vehicle. Day or Night designation is based on many factors, including what purpose the vehicle serves, lighting and how it is implemented. Mutant Vehicles that incorporate flame effects may also receive a Flame Effects license. Any trailers that are a component of a Mutant Vehicle must be licensed as well. Support vehicles will be reviewed independently.
Street licenses allow Mutant Vehicles to operate on city streets (with the exception of pedestrian-designated streets) and on the open playa.
A Playa license allows a Mutant Vehicle to operate ONLY on the open playa of Black Rock City. Mutant Vehicles with a Playa license may NOT be operated on BRC streets except on their way to the playa from their camp (using the most direct entry).
Day licenses allow Mutant Vehicles to move around Black Rock City during the daytime.
Night licenses allow Mutant Vehicles to move around Black Rock City at night. To receive a night license, Mutant Vehicles and trailers must be fully illuminated and should define the exterior portions, body projections and trailer connecting bars for visual recognition and avoidance.
Mutant Vehicles must fulfill the intent described in the approved Pre-registration application.
Mutant Vehicles should not mimic any type of emergency services or law enforcement vehicle.
Mutant Vehicle trailers are issued licenses separately and must be present during inspection.
Mutant Vehicle licenses shall be applied on a visible lower left-side section of the rear of the vehicle .
Mutant Vehicle Safety
The applicant is solely accountable for all Mutant Vehicle safety cautions and considerations and is legally responsible for all aspects of safety; including but not limited to the Mutant Vehicle's design, engineering, construction, passenger capacity, safety procedures, operation and structural / mechanical integrity. Applicants must provide for and maintain functioning brakes, controllable speed, and adequate lighting.
Mutant Vehicle Criteria Guidelines
A small but visible percentage of Black Rock City’s population participates by becoming part of the Mutant Vehicle community. Mutant Vehicles can be almost as hard to describe as they are to define in a pass or fail check list, so broad interpretations based on liberally defined perimeters allow creations of varying community contributions. The primary considerations based on the BRC Supplementary Rules developed for Mutant Vehicle are that they exhibit one or all features of being highly participatory, visually stimulating, and whimsically beautiful or surreal contribution to Black Rock City. The DMV makes every effort to only license vehicles that offer something exceptional to the community.
Art Cars in contrast to Burning Man Mutant Vehicles have become so common in creation and everyday life that "Obsessive Collection", mosaic style or graphic painted vehicles that still retain the base shape of a commercially manufactured conveyance may not be considered Mutant Vehicles. Art Cars, similar to custom cars or motorcycles have unlimited venues for display due to their ability to drive on public streets.
Does the dominant image project a desire to intrigue or just travel? Consider the limited community contribution of Mutant Vehicles that lack a basic strong conceptual direction towards visual or participatory elements and project a dominant base vehicle as foremost a means of travel and a viewing platform. Many examples of licensed vehicles in past years are no longer considered Mutant Vehicles as the community and DMV raises the bar and our expectations.
Mass Produced novelty vehicles are not Burning Man Mutant Vehicles. Shriner mini cars, motorized bar stools, cooler trikes, and mini motorcycles represent typical mass produced vehicles that are not Burning Man Mutant Vehicles. With so many participants applying for licensing of truly one of a kind Mutants, who wants to see a vehicle not created from the mind of the applicants or one that just copies someone else’s idea to the point of saturation and familiarity.
Exceptional mutant’s command undistracted community interest when operating and their contribution is enhanced by motion and motive power. Consider attributes exceptional Mutant Vehicles. Does it draw a crowd just sitting still and does every eye and person gravitate towards it? Does the creation defy duplication? Successful Mutant Vehicles are likely to convey an image from a distance and be enhanced by motion. Minimal occupant Mutant Vehicles should offer unique images other than a vehicle where the dominant feature and shape is still a golf cart, ATV, motorcycle or other mass produced conveyance.
Custom built vehicles that primarily communicate engineering craftsmanship in details that are appreciated up close and while the creation is not moving, may benefit the community more as a static display.
Mutant Vehicles can overcome base vehicle recognition with a high level of community involvement by combining mechanical craftsmanship, with social interaction and transportation for the entire community’s enjoyment.
The following vehicles are not allowed, under any circumstances, to drive in Black Rock City. Operating these vehicles at Burning Man can result in the vehicle being impounded, fined by law enforcement and/or ejected from the event.
Non-Mutated ATVs, Quad Runners, Go-Carts, dune buggies, Motorcycles, Dirt Bikes, three-wheeled motorcycles of any type or design, or other off-road-type recreational vehicles.
Note: Motorcycles that are a participant's method of transport to Burning Man (and are on their way in to Black Rock City and their camp to park) are the exception.
Vehicles only stripped to the frame and engine or street vehicles with minimal changes or temporary decorations.
Low riders, classic cars, custom motorcycles, monster trucks, and hot rods (there are other venues for these vehicles to be appreciated) Vehicles that have not met the DMV licensing criteria and unlicensed Mutant Vehicles. Wind-Powered Vehicles that Do Not Conform to the Wind-Powered Guidelines. Kite-sailing vehicles, land yachts, and wind-powered vehicles that have a fixed mast and weigh more than 50 pounds are not allowed to operate within Black Rock City.
If the Mutant Vehicle incorporates flame effects, it will need to go through an additional inspection. These licenses allow Mutant Vehicles that incorporate flame effects to use these effects on the playa.
Certain types of motorized scooters, skateboards and go-peds with or without handles are allowed to traverse Black Rock City without needing a license. Small, stand-up (no seat), one-person style scooters, (e.g. Go-Peds) are allowed at Black Rock City, but they are subject to the same rules as any other motorized vehicles – drive 5 MPH and have front and rear lights at night.
DMV volunteer “HOTTIES” represent community do-ocracy in support of mutant vehicle creators. If your idea of a Mutant Vehicle is not represented, then get involved and contribute your thoughts and efforts.
Unsu...Wed, July 9, 2008 - 9:52 PMBlack Rock Ranger Intercept
The Ranger Intercept team was established in 2004 for patrolling the inner playa with vehicles and bicycles and addressing issues with unapproved / unlicensed vehicles, golf carts, ATVs, scooters, motorcycles, go carts, and automobiles driving through the city and on the open playa, reckless driving and speeding by both licensed and unlicensed vehicles and vehicle-related injuries
Intercept has two specific tasks. Primarily, Intercept addresses vehicle safety concerns within Black Rock City. Their other key mission is to convey how seriously burning Man takes vehicle safety to the various Law Enforcement Agencies who would otherwise take matters into their own hands. The most important point in understanding about Intercept is that if the Rangers don’t handle it someone else will. The Intercept program is framed in a manner to present itself as a safety plan to Law Enforcement Agencies in a format they can understand. The Intercept manual is not written as a list of rules and regulations, with specific consequences and response. Rangers must have a lot of leeway and discretion to address issues, without being constrained by protocol. Intercept works closely with Khaki, Dirt Rangers, other Ranger departments, and DMV to help keep our community safe.
Intercept removes or escorts vehicles from the playa and the city, either to long-term parking near the Gate or back to their camps. They have at their disposal a fully operational tow truck for moving vehicles to long-term parking. The Intercept team uses rotating amber lights on the vehicles to keep track of each other and to establish a visible presence as a deterrent to speeders or reckless drivers when a visible presence is required.
In addition to staff vehicles, the Intercept squad has bike-mobile Rangers. Bikes are used for tracking a vehicle discreetly without increasing a driver's tendency to speed due to the perception that they are being pursued and are an essential tools for tracking vehicles within the city streets. Intercept maintains a deep-playa Outpost Zero and is linked to the Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV) Sometimes Rangers share logged instances of repeat vehicle offenders with DMV, or request information on numbered mutant vehicle license stickers. If participants are unaware of DMV rules and regulations, Rangers educate them and/or send them back to the DMV or back to camp if the DMV is closed. If vehicles / participants repeatedly violate DMV rules, the vehicle may be sent to Long-Term Parking outside the Gate.
Patrol Black Rock Rangers
It is important to note that the Black Rock Rangers are not law enforcement personnel. However, because Black Rock City stands at the intersection of several legal jurisdictions (represented on the playa by the Pershing County Sheriffs Department, the Washoe County Sheriffs Department, Bureau of Land Management Law enforcement, Nevada State Highway Patrol, and other Nevada state agencies), Black Rock Rangers are at times required to interface with law enforcement personnel when event permit obligations require. In addition to event rules such as the no vending policy, prescribed speed limits, and ban on firearms, Black Rock City is also subject to the same laws that govern public conduct in any Nevada city. Black Rock Rangers work cooperatively with law enforcement groups in dealing with criminal conduct such as theft, assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Every year Black Rock Rangers call on law enforcement to help with a very small number of evictions or to deal with violent behavior.
Rangers share logged instances of repeat vehicle offenders with DMV, or request information on numbered mutant vehicle license stickers. If participants are unaware of DMV rules and regulations, Rangers
educate them and/or send them back to the DMV or back to camp if the DMV is closed. If vehicles / participants repeatedly violate DMV rules, the vehicle may be sent to Long-Term Parking outside the Gate.
All Rangers are empowered to prevent vehicles from endangering pedestrians, bicyclists and campsites and can establish radio contact with the Intercept Team if necessary. Rangers watch for vehicles operating unsafely
in Black Rock City and attempt to Ranger the situation. They are encouraged to use their best judgment in determining whether a vehicle is posing a safety hazard. The guidelines for vehicles given to Rangers are:
Vehicles should travel at a safe (around 5 mph or less) speed; dust trails are a good indication of excessive speed
Vehicles should not operate during whiteouts
Vehicles should not operate on the esplanade or pedestrian walkways (except for law enforcement)
Vehicles should not be operated while under the influence or while stupid
Vehicles must be Licensed
Rangers do not chase vehicles. They are instructed to radio other Rangers with the location and trajectory of the vehicle to see if anyone else is ahead of it, or just yell ahead to participants to get them to stop the vehicle.
Intercept is available to assist Rangers if needed for vehicles on the inner playa.
The protocol for advising a vehicle operating unsafely is:
Educate - simply advise operators on the guidelines for safe operation and explain that community safety is important
Escort - for repeat offenders or bad excuses, offer to escort a vehicle - to the DMV for a sticker, or back to camp for the night
Eject - repeat offenses or bad violations of guidelines can earn a vehicle a trip to “Long-Term Parking” outside the city gates, where it can safely stay for the rest of the event
The Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV) and the Artery
issue stickers to place on vehicles registered and permitted to operate
on the playa. There are several types of stickers that allow operation in
4 different conditions (the various stickers are on display at Ranger HQ and the DMV for reference):
Day - permitted to operate during daylight hours
Night - permitted to operate during night hours
Open playa only - no operation on the streets of the city
Flame effects - permitted to operate pyro effects!
Artist - permitted to drive to and from art installations
Stickers are permits for vehicles, not drivers.
Ranger training establishes the Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV) as responsible for licensing Mutant Vehicles for driving at Black Rock City, and for communicating with and educating the Mutant Vehicle/Art Car communities, year-round, on issues that affect them.
Mon, July 28, 2008 - 1:23 PMWe tried to hand a fatty to a guy dressed in fur driving an art car at the burn last year, he said "no thanks Im a cop" so we left quickly as it didnt seem to bother him too much, but no sense sticking around that art car.
Mon, January 12, 2009 - 7:11 AMThis whole Art Car / Mutant Vehicle only of the Playa is becoming a mute point. Every year more and more people are using their personal vehicles to get around the Playa. Working at Ice-9 we started to develop a little parking lot of non -Art Car / Mutant Vehicle. The LLC does not care and will not enforce this. It falls under "Radical Self Expression" for people who just don't care.