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Demo Derby


Jul 4, 2012

Wed 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014



  • Demolition Derby

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Event Details

July 4, 2012
1:00PM and 5:00PM

Location: Chevrolet Del Mar Arena

In the Open class, participants will have to make their way through qualifying heats before getting into the main competition, in which the last driver remaining will win a cash prize.

You'll laugh, shout and wince as the cars smash and bash into each other, and drivers are left stranded when their cars will move no more.

Parking and transportation tips

On July 4, the Fair will operate three FREE off-site parking lots with FREE shuttle service to the O'Brien Gate. (Parking on the grounds is $10.00.) For information about these free lots, see our Parking page.

Or, take the COASTER to the Fair, and save money with our Weekend Fair Tripper combo ticket! For just $15.00, you get a round-trip fare on the COASTER train, a shuttle from the train station to the West Gate, and adult Fair admission. You'll save up to $9.00, plus you won't have to pay parking fees! This offer is valid July 4, and the COASTER will run special buses back to each COASTER station 30 minutes after the fireworks end. For more information on this option, see the Public Transportation page.

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Performer Info

Demolition Derby: Demolition derby is a motorsport usually presented at county fairs and festivals. While rules vary from event to event, the typical demolition derby event consists of five or more drivers competing by deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another. The last driver whose vehicle is still operational is awarded the victory. Demolition derbies originated in the United States and quickly spread to other western nations. In Europe, this type of event is called banger racing, albeit in a demolition derby racers do not race against each other, instead aiming specifically to destroy the other cars. Demolition derbies can be very dangerous. Although serious injuries are rare, occasionally they do happen. Drivers are typically required to sign a waiver to release the promoter of an event from liability. To make the event safer, all glass is removed from the vehicle, and deliberately ramming the driver's-side door area is forbidden. The driver's door is often required to be painted white with black numbers or blaze orange, or with contrasting colors, for visibility. Most demolition derbies are held on dirt tracks, or in open fields, that are usually soaked with water. This causes the competition area to become muddy, which in turn helps to further slow the vehicles. Some drivers use both the front and rear of the vehicle to ram the other competitors. Others tend to use only the rear end of the vehicle, to help protect the engine compartment from damage.



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