I’ve spent most of my life on Long Island, NY, just East of NYC, (and containing two of its boroughs.) One of our numerous claims to notoriety was the invention of the Demolition Derby.
Larry Mendelsohn at one time owned and operated Islip Speedway, in Islip NY. I actually worked for him, though in a different venue. I lived about five miles North from it, and every Saturday night you could hear the sound of unmuffled car engines.