Art Cars (Registration Deadline May 1, 2020)

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Scorched Nuts has a  comprehensive system of rules and regulations to insure that art cars may safely and responsibly drive around on site, visit other camps, take people for rides, and also preserve the grounds with no environmental impact.

Sound regulation is also important as to not disturb quiet sections and respect all patrons. The vehicle driver and DJ are both responsible for the use of vehicle sound systems.

The Scorched Nuts DMV and (or) board will review any art car applications. The DMV will inspect any approved art cars on site to insure safety and compliance. Any vehicles that are larger than a pickup truck, aka, school buses and the like, must remain parked during the event.

Driving Protocol:

These regulations insure that art cars at the burn are safe for people, the preservation of the land, theme camps, and the art itself.

Art Cars / mutant vehicles must have:

  • a clear field of vision for the operator
  • ground guides (walkers) if the vehicle is oversize or can be dangerous to pedestrians.
  • a safe access area and procedures for loading and unloading passengers. Art cars must also clearly display the Mutant Vehicle Driver’s license in a location specified by the DMV (dash).
  • Stop immediately upon being hailed by any Scorched Nuts Staff member, Scorched Nuts  Ranger, or law enforcement officer.
  • Drive at a speed of 5 mph or less (less in hazardous situations such as tight crowds)
  • Give the right of way to pedestrians, bicycles, and emergency services vehicles
  • Follow the reasonable and applicable vehicle laws for road safety
  • Cars must remain parked during questionable weather.
  • No driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • No driving on wet or muddy conditions.
  • Any additional guidelines set forth by the event coordinators.

Art Car Sound Policies:

Bigger sound is not necessarily better here at scorched nuts. A well-engineered and well-tuned sound system used strategically can create a high quality experience for those nearby without blasting out hundreds of others further down playa.

Mutant vehicle sound systems can be classified into three levels:

Level 1: Normal car stereo / average living room (under 90dB at 50 ft) Vehicles with Level 1 systems may play anywhere on the property, but must be mindful of your volume and surroundings, especially in quiet areas in the burn or later at night.

*Level 2: Dance Club/Floor or Theatre (90dB and up at under 300ft) Vehicles with Level 2 systems may only play at high volume on the open field and must be mindful of where you are playing — e.g. around art pieces, burns, etc. — and turn it down when appropriate. Most importantly, level 2 sound systems must drop down to Level 1 sound between the hours of 2AM and 10AM to respect fellow sleepy burners.

*Level 3: Large Dance Club, Arena, Stadium (100dB or more at 300ft or more) Level 3 sound systems are prohibited at Scorched Nuts due to the size of venue. Vehicles with Level 3 capabilities must roll sound back to Level 2 at all times. (Do you really need a sound system big enough to reach miles across a small venue and with a crowd in front of your vehicle which only goes out a few hundred feet?)

A friendly reminder that sound regulation for mutant vehicles is important as to not disturb quiet sections and respect all patrons.

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