This past August, I went down to Radford, Virginia with some friends to watch the Tour of Destruction.
I thought the Tour of Destruction events were great examples of using creative constraints to increase mastery.
In this particular event – drivers in barely-running junkers race backwards around a wall.
Many of these cars have unreliable steering, unreliable breaks, iffy visibility, and threaten to break down at a moment’s notice.
These same drivers at other points in the evening, raced these same cars forward while circling another dead junker – adding a demolition derby component, played car soccer, and raced buses.
I have a hard enough time backing a car into a parking space in a vehicle with working power steering, even with today’s backup cameras. To me – this seemingly chaotic bit of racing was a demonstration of mastery.
Part of the Tour of Destruction is a demonstration of the Green Mamba – a homemade jet car that burned so hot you could feel the heat at the top of the stands. It was an impressive feat of garage engineering.