107. The Demolition Derby
Many Americans grew up watching Demolition Derby events.
derby is a show in which drivers ram
vehicles into one another for demolition dominance. The
of the contest is to disable your competitor's
before it stops yours. It is an exciting
that appeals to Americans of all ages.
attended his first derby as a young boy,
was mesmerized by the action on the track.
derbies are usually held in outlying areas where
is plenty of room to compete. Most derbies
in an arena, but one of the attractions
the sport is that derbies can be held
about anywhere. After watching his first match, Mark
his dad, "I'm going to be a derby
one day, dad." His father just chuckled, but
Mark got his chance last year
he drove his orange, 1978 Mustang in the
County Fair's derby for the first time. The
he entered featured 10 cars, and was as
as he thought it would be. He didn't
his first competition, but he got valuable experience,
is looking forward to next year's event. "I
't give up easily," Mark told his dad.
got their start in New York in 1947
former stock car racer Larry Mendelsohn realized that
people liked watching crashes more than racing. He
staging his derbies and they soon became popular
fairs and festivals. There are few rules involved
driving in a derby. Drivers can use any
of their cars to ram into other vehicles
disable them. The only rule is drivers cannot
the driver side door where the driver sits.
competitors use the rear portion of their vehicles
ram others, so as not to disable their
motors. Demolition derbies are a true American creation.