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Where The Special Cars Go: The Demolition Derby

When you are in Rome, do as the Romans do.

You see, I had no choice but to go to the Demolition Derby. And it was for a good cause – the Washington Jaycees All Abilities Park.

Saturday, June 2nd, at the Washington Fairgrounds. What a great place to people watch.

The Derby attracted tons of people, men, women and children alike.

It was my first time. After all I had heard, I was happy that I wouldn’t get mud in my face/camera 😉

Never been to one? Here is how Wikipedia describes it: “Demolition derby is a motorsport usually presented at county fairs and festivals. While rules vary from event to event, the typical demolition derby event consists of five or more drivers competing by deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another. The last driver whose vehicle is still operational is awarded the victory.”

Between the 2nd and the 3rd Heat this nice guy gave the kids a bunch of stuffed toys. Needless to say, they loved him.

The Derby wouldn’t be complete without some drama. The firemen handled it very well, and everyone was OK. Old cars make lots of sparks.

 It looks like larger scale bumper cars, but I am sure if you are on the track it feels a little scarier. “The vehicles participating in the Derby are stripped of interior fixtures, trim, plastic, lights, and glass. They are repainted, often in loud, garish designs and low budgets (spray paint is frequently used to mark names, slogans and identification). The driver’s-side door is usually painted a distinct white color, to allow the other drivers to avoid it and to allow numbering.”

The audience had lots of fun, and Nick and Kelly did a wonderful job with the music.

“Most demolition derbies are held on dirt tracks, or in open fields, that are usually soaked with water. This causes the competition area to become muddy, which in turn helps to further slow the vehicles. Some drivers use both the front and rear of the vehicle to ram the other competitors. Others tend to use only the rear end of the vehicle, to help protect the engine compartment from damage.”

All in all, the derby is loud, different, and fun. In the final mash up the cars ‘die’ one after another. Wheels fall off, engines blow up, or the drivers get disqualified because they didn’t hit anyone for some time, lots of beer gets drunk, and it gives people something to talk about.

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


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