Other Racing

DEMOLITION DERBY

7/1/08 in Other Racing   |   davkat1   |   respect

A contest in which skilled drivers ram old cars into one another until only one car remains running—aka as D-Derby. What does that bring to mind? I recently went to the D-Derby. My niece invited me. She had a D-Derby car and wanted her Aunt Kathy to be there. OK, I hadn’t been in quite a while so I said I’d be there.

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Our D-derby is held out at the Rodeo Arena at the fairgrounds. Keep in mind “a rodeo arena.” It’s not that big. It’s dirt. To keep dust down they have a water truck. There are four gigantic tires in the arena, marking four corners. The cars are in the pits (if you can call it that. It’s really livestock holding area). The D-derby cars are about 5 feet from each other in the “pits”. Drivers/owners and their crews (friends) are milling about making last minute adjustments on the cars. Hoping the car will get them through the night. No uniforms here. Everyone here is wearing jeans and t-shirts. Very few protective driver suits on these people. Watched a guy jack up a car and change the tire. It was the driver. Took a little time. Nothing like how it’s done in NASCAR. There is nothing magical about these pits.

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They have two different classes of cars (if you can call them that). Mini’s and all the rest. That’s it. Trucks are also included with the cars. They have heat races, usually 8 cars. Cars are lined up 2×2 in a row. This line up, the green flag, white flag, and checkered flag are the only things similar to NASCAR. The cars have no glass in them, they have a roll cage, and a safety harness. I don’t know what the other safety features are. Minimal I suspect.

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These cars do have sponsors. Wrecking yards and car repair shops for the most part. Small, very small, businesses. Most of the money for these cars comes out of the owner/driver pocket. I don’t know how much money people have invested in this. I suspect not much. The cars and trucks come from the wrecking yards or someone has an old car in their yard. These cars are banged up and beaten up. You can’t tell the original color on them anymore. Forget the front end alignment adjustments. I also noticed plenty of play in the steering wheels. The tires are plain ordinary street tires, the only thing is there is hardly any tread on them. I think they are almost like racing slicks. Some drivers have reinforced the outside of the doors with steel I-beams.

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The actual events are something else. Usually 10-15 laps on this flat arena with about 8 cars. The drivers try to use the dirt to their advantage, slipping and sliding around the corners and slipping and sliding into each other. No effort whatsoever is made to avoid hitting someone else. In fact, they seem to go out of their way to knock each other out. I saw one car go for anothers radiator. Another one used their car as a battering ram. I saw tires come off rims, I saw rims come off cars. NO CAUTION flags here. Debris on the track? They don’t throw a yellow flag for it. There is one thing only that they stop the race for. IF A CAR IS ON FIRE A SIREN GOES OFF AND EVERYONE IMMEDIATELY STOPS. The driver gets out of the car and the emergency personnel put out the fire. As soon as the fire is out, they are back to racing again. Cars with steam coming from the radiators, tires off the rims, there are even cars racing in reverse.

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There is a rollover competition tonight. The ramp is brought out. People sign up to try and roll their car. I think they are nuts. 1 full size car, 2 mini’s and 1 truck try. Not me, no way, no how. The mini’s do the best. One of the cars rolled 5 times. Nope, no way.

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Car football is massive mayhem. One little car painted brown (football). One team of 5 cars and trucks (red team) and another team of 5 cars and trucks (blue team). The object in this is just like a football game. Get the little brown car (football) through the goal posts. Picture 10 cars converging on one little car. Massive mayhem. Got to get that little car through the goalposts at all costs. Cars everywhere, even on top of each other. Did that car just quit running? Ram it out of the way. And that little brown car? It no longer looks like a car. It seems to be just about the same size as an actual football. And goal.

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Figure eights. That alone should describe this type of racing. Eight cars driving in a figure eight pattern for 10 laps. The cars wind up getting spread out so you can imagine what happens in the middle of the track. That’s right, crashing and banging. Some drivers speed up some drivers slow down. Sooner or later you are going to get caught right in the middle. Look out! Meanwhile, there is crashing and banging also going on all over the “track”. In the turns, in the straight aways, you can’t escape.

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And at the end of the night, hopefully you have a trophy and enough money to cover expenses. And hopefully, your car is still running so you can use it at the next D-Derby

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7/14/08   |   Raven73   |   103 respect

We need pics! LOL! Great job!!!

7/14/08   |   Luke4HMS

That is the kind of race I may have a chance in!'

Thanks, it has been A LONG TIME since I been to one of those.