Rotary to host ninth demo derby

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Cassville Rotary Club will host its ninth annual demolition derby at the Bill Hailey Rodeo Arena in Cassville at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

"This is always an exciting event," said Herb Primrose, Cassville Rotary Club member. "There will be lots of noise and lots of crashes. People really like motorsports now, and this is one of the wildest motorsport events held."

This year's demolition derby will once again be presented by Grandstand Attractions, Inc., of Mechanicsburg, Ill.

"We usually have between 1,800 and 2,000 spectators for the demolition derby," said Primrose. "We are hoping for at least that many again this year.

"We never know how many drivers we will have until the night of the event, though," said Primrose. "The number of competition classes will be determined the night of the event also."

The Cassville Rotary Club Demolition Derby traditionally features the following competition classes: stock, modified and compact. A mini van class could also be added if there are several mini van entries.

"We hope to have car soccer this year," said Primrose. "That is when we put a five-foot soccer ball in the arena and split the contestants into two teams. There are usually around five cars to a team, and they try to get the soccer ball in the goals at the ends of the arena. This will be the first year for this event."

Around $3,500 in cash prize money will be up for grabs at this year's demolition derby. The final three automobiles running in each heat will receive prize money and qualify for the championship heat.

Local cars sponsored by area businesses and driven by residents of Barry County often make appearances at the derby and draw a large amount of crowd support. Other entries have been from across Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

The demolition derby will feature automobiles that have been altered to ensure driver safety. Factory gas tanks will be replaced by five-gallon gas tanks secured and covered in the back seat portion of the vehicle.

Glass, chrome moldings and head and tail lights must be removed from participating vehicles, and holes must be placed in each automobile's hood. The access holes are used to extinguish fires that can originate near the vehicle's motor.

"Spectators should expect to have lots of fun," said Primrose. "Come hungry. There will be concessions available at the derby."

Seating is available at the Bill Hailey Arena, but spectators can bring lawn chairs to the event.

Tickets for the Cassville Rotary Club Demolition Derby are $7 for adults. Children who are between the ages of 6 and 12 will be admitted for $4, and children who are under the age of 6 get in for free.

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