History of Autoduelling in Australia
- 2023: Australian demolition derby driver Mal
Chaney is a spectator at that famous Fresno Demo Derby where "Crazy Joe"
Harshman invents autoduelling.
- 2024: Chaney organizes a Charity Autoduelling Derby
at Surfer's Paradise in Queensland, the state which has hosted such
spectacles as Dwarf Throwing and Beautiful Belly contests. Proceeds
from the derby go to the Wheelchair & Disabled Association of Australia.
Two drivers are killed and 3 others are critically injured. This
results in national TV coverage for the sport, and jail sentences for
Chaney and his backers.
- 2025: Despite other arrests, autoduelling gains an
immediate following as a spectator sport. Events proliferate. The
Queensland government declares Autoduels to be "illegal demonstrations,"
an gives the police extraordinary powers (including the use of deadly
force) to combat autoduellists.
- 2027:Film producer Cameron Prost buys the rights to
the long-defunct Mad Max movie series.
- 2028: After years of intense public pressure,
autoduelling is declared legal on country roads in three states;
Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. It is also tolerated
in the other states, though property damage and bystander casualties are
treated as deliberate criminal offences. Television coverage
multiplies, and autoduelling becomes the #1 TV sport in every state
except Victoria, where Australian Rules Football still reigns supreme.
- 2029: Mal Chaney is released from prison, and hired
as a consultant and stunt coordinator for Cameron Prost's Mad Max:
Return of the Road Warrior. Real Autoduellists and Bikers are
given roles in the film, and there are 12 fatalities during the shooting
of the climactic battle scene. Resulting bad publicity leads to the
surprise defeat of a national referendum that would have legalized
autoduelling throughout Australia.
- 2030: In search of a compromise that would restore
public confidence in Autoduelling, the Autoduelling League of New South
Wales proposes strict new duelling guidelines. With only minor
modifications, they are adopted by autoduelling clubs throughout the
- 2032 : After receiving special permission from the
state of South Australia, Adelaide hosts a "Duelprix" event in
conjunction with the Adelaide Grand Prix to boost the latter's sagging
popularity. Both events are televised worldwide, but it is the
autoduelling contest that generates the most interest and coverage.
This is the death knell of traditional Grand Prix racing; it soon
develops into a high-speed/low armor version of autoduelling.
- 2033: Autoduelling legalized throughout the
Commonwealth of Australia. The various state-based leagues combine,
forming the Royal Autoduelling Association of Australia. The first
Australian Test Tour takes place in the United States, and Americans get
their first taste of eleven-a-side autoduelling.
- 2035: the RADAA becomes the first official overseas
chapter. The National Championships are held at the Macquarie Unitrak
in Sydney, and Andrew Buttery of Road Warriors Melbourne takes first
50 Years Ago Today
Meeting Life Head-on
A delightful new road game is gaining popularity, and it's one trend
that didn't start in California. No, Spain can take credit for this
one. But the rules are so simple, it can be played anywhere.
First, you become drug-crazed, then you drive into oncoming traffic at
110 mph. It's called "Highway Russian Roulette."
Police are investigating reports that the participants make highway
death bets involving thousands of dollars, then head out into traffic in
the early-morning hours. Speeding players who get scared and change
lanes when they encounter oncoming traffic have to pay 10 times the
- Philadelphia Enquirer, Aug. 28, 1987
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