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Spectators sit on tiers of tires, tractors and cars at Ace Auto Dismantling, a junkyard in an indusrial zone of San Francisco.
Teams "Spider 8" and "Pigs in Wonderland" race down the wooden tracks. Spider 8 stalled on the track and gave up the win to Pigs.
Steve Peace, in his third year of competition at the Power Tool Drag Races, fiddles with his racer, "Lady of St. Ludicrous." The tool is a Black & Decker aluminum sander fashioned with a nun puppet and a bong pipe. The racer lost two of its three races, but Peace said he "crushed some hapless sucker" in the third race. Peace, a marketing consultant in San Francisco, said, "Everyone in this city is simply trying to amuse themselves and we do this."