History of Highway Duelling
- 1926: Gang warfare between rival Illinois bootleggers
Charlie Birger and Carl Shelton reaches peak when both gangs build
steel-and-concrete tanks on truck chassis. The first instance of autoduelling in
North America takes place on a rural country road north of Marion, Illinois; the
battle is indecisive, neither vehicle taking significant damage. Shelton later
ends the war by aerial bombardment of the Birger headquarters.
- 1987: High summer temperatures combine with typical Los
Angeles freeway traffic to push some drivers over the edge. Several incidents of
gunplay between cars occur.
- 2010s: Armed cycle gangs fight Texas Rangers, Mexican
warlords and each other along the Mexican border. Corporations use heavily armed
security forces to protect their factories and vehicles.
- 2017: Angered by government conscription of trucks for
hazardous food runs, a loose coalition of independent truckers, led by "Mongo"
McGuire, calls a general strike. Strike culminates in Battle of Pittsburgh,
following which truckers' demands are met. McGuire, fatally wounded in the
battle, founds the "Brotherhood of Truckers" with his dying words.
- 2023: Term "autoduelling" first coined by sportswriters
after Joe Harshman uses a .50-caliber machine gun to win a Fresno Demolition
- 2025: AADA founded to serve the autoduelling community.
AADA-organized forces help combat cycle gangs in many areas.
- 2027: Anti-Duelling Legislation repealed or ignored in most
states and nations in North America, and is permitted in Australia by 2023. TV
stations first present live coverage of highway combats.
- 2029: Automotive manufacturers introduce combat equipment as
standard options on factory-built vehicles. EDSEL chartered as anti-duelling
movement gains popularity.
- 2031: Car Wars released to general public.
- 2032: EDSEL effectively eliminates, by legislation or force,
highway autoduelling in most East Coast states, but is unable to expand due to
organized resistance by autoduellists.
- Today: The primary threat to highway travelers in most
states is no longer cycle gangs but is instead other duellists.
50 Years Ago Today
Vehicle Designed to Counter Terrorists
WASHINGTON - An anti-terrorist patrol vehicle, nicknamed the Viking, was patented
this week for its manufacturer, the Tetradyne Corp. in Dallas. The company's
biggest customer is the United States government, which has acquired about three
dozen of the vehicles.
Patent 4,667,565 was granted Reg. A. Anderson, president of the company, which
has been producing armored vehicles since 1973.
As described in the patent, the Viking has a machine gun that can be extended
through the car's roof to control terrorist activity. The roof hatch and the
weapon are moved into position by motors. When the weapon is stored inside, the
vehicle is said to have a totally conventional appearance.
Michael D. Anderson, sales manager, said that 35 have been built for the
Department of Energy.
-New York Times Service, 5/31/87
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