Demolition Derbies

The Demolition derby is a spectator-favorite motor-sport often presented at county fairs and festivals on dirt tracks, or in open fields, that are usually soaked with water. The sport originated in the United States back in the 1950's and quickly spread to other western nations. While rules vary from event to event, the typical demolition derby event consists of ten or more drivers who compete by intentionally crashing their vehicles into one another. The last driver whose vehicle is still running is the winner!

Demolition derbies can be dangerous, but serious injuries are unusual. The derby vehicles are stripped of interior items, trim, plastic, lights, and glass, and are repainted in loud, colored designs. Additional modifications include trimming sheet metal from around the wheel wells, removing parts of bumpers, welding the doors shut, and relocating the battery and gas tank. Occasionally frames are notched, rear bumpers removed, trunk lids notched, and rear coil springs (when rules allow) replaced with leaf springs to make the cars last longer. In many instances, roll bars, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment is installed. 

Competitors traditionally used full-size, American made sedans purchased from junk yards. With the dwindling availability of older vehicles, smaller full-sized vehicles of the 1980s and 1990s are more frequently used today. A separate class of demolition derby for compact cars (the advantage of an abundant supply being available) is increasing in popularity. Derby events are real crowd pleasers!

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