Seek and destroy: A file photo of a previous demolition derby at Lismore Speedway.
Seek and destroy: A file photo of a previous demolition derby at Lismore Speedway.

All set to bash and crash

A BASH and crash demolition derby in addition to the return of speedcar racing highlight the race program at Lismore Speedway tomorrow night.

Lightning sprints, street stocks, four-cylinder sedans, junior sedans and wingless sprints will also make an appearance.

The no-holds barred demolition derby again promises to be an exciting metal-crunching spectacle in a battle to the finish where the bravest and best stand alone as the winning last car running.

All cars must meet strict safety standards enforced by machine examiners and officials before competing.

The demolition derby has been a part of the Australian speedway landscape for decades and remains as popular as ever.

It is a throwback to the days of the ‘fabulous ’50s’ and the bash and crash stockcar era which attracted massive crowds to venues like the Brisbane Exhibition Ground and Sydney Showground.

“The demolition derby is family fun and entertainment for people of all ages and our patrons love these events,” Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said.

“It is a spectacle that is always exciting and it becomes interesting when it gets down to the last few cars still running and is a battle to the finish with the winner literally the last man (or woman) standing.”

Some of the best speedcar drivers in Australia have nominated for the Speedcar Stampede as the highlight of the racing program.

Sid Whittaker, who recently finished third in the Australian Speedcar Championship, is among the nominations from the sanctioning Queensland Speedcar Racing Association (QSRA) for the Speedcar Stampede.

Other drivers in contention are the experienced Grant Draney, Johnny Davidson and Ken Stanaway.

The Restricted Sedan Association (RSA) street stockers return to the track following the highly successful Australian championship in Lismore last weekend.

The event was dominated by locals. Steven Quirk won from Scott Owen and Scott Quirk, while Lismore regulars Matt Bidner and Warren Dhu finished fourth and fifth.

The national title results show that the best street stocker drivers in Australia are based at Lismore Speedway.

Track curator Tony Powell says he has prepared another super-fast strip for tomorrow night after several track records were set last weekend.

Promoter David Lander continues his policy of allowing children aged 12 years and under in free when accompanied by an adult.

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