The Rocket Car was made from a 1973 Cadillac Sedan DeVille.
A 1973 Cadillac transformed into a 40-foot long Rocket Car by David Best and his team. David Best is an internationally renowned American sculptor. He is known for building immense temples out of recycled wood sheets for Burning Man.
Built in 2003 with a 1973 Cadillac Sedan DeVille as its base, it measures over 12 metres in length – two and a bit Rolls-Royce Ghosts, for reference – and has been seen at multiple Burning Mans with up to 16 passengers aboard. The Rocket Car was made using scrap metal and specially fabricated parts. To create the steampunk-esque roadster, Best and his team hacked the roof off the vintage Cadillac before setting to work tweaking the bodywork.
Once all the panels had been stripped, the team began fabricating the huge cones that run the length of the car, almost doubling its dimensions. While Best was sure to remove any trace of the car’s original shell, he retained the Cadillac’s running gear to ensure it could be driven whenever he needed.
While the typical requirements of Black Rock City’s Department of Mutant Vehicles state that any car allowed to drive on the Playa must be completely unrecognizable from its regular production counterpart, the work of Petaluma, CA-based art car master David Best is so extraordinary that exceptions were made.