BANG, CRASH, WHALLOP: It will be high-octane, high-stakes action when the best demolition derby drivers from around the country descend on Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway this weekend.
BANG, CRASH, WHALLOP: It will be high-octane, high-stakes action when the best demolition derby drivers from around the country descend on Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway this weekend. Steve Corbett

Grafton Speedway breaks new ground with national titles

SPEEDWAY: Interest is building ahead of the Australian Demolition Derby Championship to be decided at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway venue on Saturday night.

Organisers said the speedway office has already received a number of enquiries from drivers eager to enter the championship event.

Promoter David Lander said the early interest would ensure a strong line-up of drivers would take to the track to battle it out for national title honours.

"These demolition derby events are always great contests but with the Australian title on the line, this takes it to another level,” Lander said.

"The winner will receive a magnificent trophy that will take pride of place in any display cabinet.”

The rule book for a demolition derby is very basic. The first rule is to eliminate your opponent by smashing them out of the contest. Rule two is standard procedure: Refer to rule one.

Lander said for drivers it is a case of hit or be hit, smash or be smashed in a bid to be the victor rather than the vanquished.

The contest is a battle to the finish, a survival of the fittest as drivers go on the rampage in a bid to be crowned the Australian Demolition Derby

champion.

It's a mechanical bull fight on four wheels where the last car running is declared the winner.

Officials will inspect all cars prior to the commencement of the derby to ensure specific safety requirements and all regulations are stringently met.

Lander said in an event of this nature, driver safety is of paramount importance.

The event was originally scheduled to be held on January 2 but was washed out.

Lander said the delay has indirectly worked in the derby's favour because it has allowed more drivers to submit entries.

Demolition derby events have been a part of the Australian speedway scene for decades, going right back in time to the mid 1950s when stockcar racing was introduced by the Empire Speedway company at the world-famous Sydney Showground.

This is the first time a national demolition derby title event has been held in Grafton.



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