The Fight Club of Design

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With influences as diverse as UK rave culture, Detroit’s vaunted boxing heritage and the city’s car culture, there are few events in the automotive design calendar that get the blood pumping than the Middlecott Sketch Battle. Car Design News caught up with event founder Brook Banham to hear about the method behind the madness

The Middlecott Sketch Battle is a heady cocktail of warehouse party and showcase of raw car design talent. Founded and hosted by CCS alumni Brook Banham, aided by a mildly unhinged man in a snappy suit and white facepaint, the competition captures the edgy, creative atmosphere of Detroit. Billed as the Fight Club of Design (a nod to the city’s famous boxing heritage), it pits aspiring designers against the clock and each other in a high-octane battle royale to see who has the wontons to claim the championship belt. Car Design News caught up with Banham to hear more.

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