Britain’s favourite documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux visits car mad Michigan to explore the world of demolition derby’s in this 1999 episode of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends. Theroux is challenged by two drivers, one beginner and one veteran, to to actually enter a race himself – he agrees but first has to overcome his nerves. He meets several veteran drivers who talk about their passion for the sport and discuss their motivations and failures.
Weird Weekends ran for three seasons between 1998 and 2000 on the BBC and was Theroux’s major breakthrough, to watch the other episodes in the series check out our full list of Louis Theroux documentaries (most of his documentaries can be watched here on Documentary Vine).
A decade after the first episode of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, and eight years after the last, Theroux released a 2008 follow up book The Call of the Weird: Encounters with Survivalists, Porn Stars, Alien Killers, and Ike Turner, in which he provides an update on what has happened to many of the subjects. It is available to purchase on Kindle, paperback, hardcover, or audio book.