Category: Most Useless

Rejection! Burning Man DMV Rejects Most Useless II

Sadly, the Burning Man DMV department has decided that Most Useless II doesn’t meet their minimums. Here’s the rejection letter:

Mutant Vehicle: Most Useless, II
Registration #: M20-0254
Owner: Peter Kropf

Dear Peter Kropf,

The DMV has carefully reviewed your application for your Mutant Vehicle project Most
Useless,II (M20-0254) and we’re very sorry to inform you that your vehicle was not 
accepted for invitation to Burning Man this year.

Please read this letter carefully for more information about the decision regarding 
your vehicle.

The DMV Review Team felt that:



Unfortunately, your vehicle as presented in your application does not meet the 
minimum criteria for a mutant vehicle license:

* * * *
"Level of Mutation / Visual Presentation

Mutate your vehicle to the point that it is not recognizable as a street or stock 
vehicle. A radically mutated vehicle will not resemble or represent a car, truck, golf
cart or any other readily identifiable street or stock vehicle. In most cases, little or
none of the base vehicle should be visible. Beyond just changing, covering or hiding
the base vehicle, the mutation should aim to be visually compelling, providing
“wow factor” for the other participants of Black Rock City. When a person sees this
vehicle, their reaction should be “Wow! Look at that!” If a vehicle maintains it’s 
stock form (i.e. – it keeps the shape of a bus, golf cart or street vehicle) it may not
be sufficiently mutated to meet the Mutant Vehicle Criteria."
* * * *

The DMV Review team felt that while your vehicle has custom attributes, and we
appreciate teh "Most Useless" concept, overall the design does not fundamentally
change the vehicle's visuals from the base Taylor-Dunn.

We should be clear that the team overall enjoyed your vehicle, but in the interest
of fairness, we could not invite as the base is too much the same as the stock 
vehicle it is based upon.


Due to the high number of applications and the limited number of vehicles we can
invite, we simply can't invite all applicants, even when they meet the minimum 
requirements.  We don't want anyone to have the sad experience of bringing a
vehicle out to the playa and having it denied a license after all that work!  We
do our best to give invitations to those most likely to get approved on playa.

We very much understand that you have committed significant time and resources
to creating your mutant vehicle (many of us are mutant vehicle creators ourselves,
so we know what it takes) and that this is hard news to receive.  The level of 
execution of mutant vehicles submitted by the Burning Man community for review
increases from year to year, and unfortunately, there is a limit to how many 
moving vehicles we can allow during the event. Your vehicle simply did not exceed
the very high bar that has been set by your fellow Mutant Vehicle creators this year.

Once again, we realize that this is not the news you likely wanted to hear, but we
do want to thank you for the effort you made and look forward to seeing you on the

If you have questions or wish to discuss this issue further, we can be reached at
- The DMV Hotties and the Burning Man staff and community.

Burning Man DMV Application

The application for Most Useless II has been submitted.

Fingers crossed.

Most Useless II

The first time I went to Burning Man, I built an art car based on the idea of the most useless machine. It was an amazing experience working with friends to bring it into being and cruising around the playa with it. Unfortunately, there were issues with the design of the internal mechanisms that worked less well than expected. I’m planning finally going to remedy that this year.

I’d like to introduce Most Useless II!

There’s a level switch in the back that when pushed forward causes a trap door to open, a hand come out to push the switch back and the hand retreats back into the trap door again.

Since this is for Burning Man and I want to be able to drive around at night, there will be led lights flooring the ground from under the vehicle, from around the outside of the frame and from the canopy.

Most Useless II will be built on a Taylor Dunn B2-10 electric hauler.

This was last used for K9 Mark IV-BM.

K9 Mark IV-BM (2015)

I’m currently in the design / idea phase. The next step is to get an application into the Burning Man DMV to see if it’ll get an invitation to attend this year. Here’s hoping!

Most Useless

A friend gave me some advise recently, “When at Burning Man, bring a way to get around the playa!” With the theme for 2011 being Rites of Passage, we came up with the idea to showcase one of the more meaningful rites someone can go through in life, the realization that there are some tasks, efforts and work that is fruitless.

Combine that with and we get the basic idea for Most Useless.