People want to see the crashes and the story line. I need more drivers who throw helmets and have fits. We’re in the era of reality TV. I need to go into their homes, where their wives are saying, ‘You bought two new tires for that demo car when that baby has no shoes.

You’ve likely heard about the passing of former Santa Fe Speedway announcer Jan C. Gabriel – and if you haven’t, you’ve likely heard his famous phrase.

What you might not know about is the indigenous Chicago art of team demolition derby and Gabriel’s dream to make it a nationwide pastime – think demolition derby mixed with Tour de France strategies. In 2003, Mike Sula wrote about Gabriel, the Tournament of Destruction, and Team Havoc.

Here’s Bob Sirott with Gabriel: