Demolition Derby action will return this weekend for the Australian Demolition Derby Championship at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway.
Demolition Derby action will return this weekend for the Australian Demolition Derby Championship at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway. Deanna Millard

Crash, bash and smash at Grafton Speedway

SPEEDWAY: Cars will be crashed, smashed and trashed when drivers battle for honours in the Australian Demolition Derby Championship at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway this Saturday night.

They say a night at the speedway is a night of thrills and spills, but that will be the main objective carnage and collision to be par for the course on the evening.

No finesse is required, just plenty of precision when it comes to collision. The Demolition Derby national title is part of a massive variety-filled programme presented by promoter David Lander at the venue this weekend.

There also will be the running of the annual Stocksville Classic for the Street Stock division, while the Production Sedan Stampede will be featured, along with a number of support race car categories.

With the addition of the Demolition Derby national title to the show after it was washed out on January 2, it will be one of the biggest ever fixtures presented at the Grafton track.

There will be plenty of track action, but the Australian Demolition Derby Championship will be the major attraction.

"The programme will feature something for everyone because there also is a legitimate race card as a feature of the night, along with the Australian Demolition Derby Championship," Lander said yesterday.

These bash and crash events have a magnificent history and heritage on the national speedway scene.

The Demolition Derby is derived originally from Stockcar racing which raged across the country in the 'fifties.

From capital city showground speedway venues to the many provincial circuits spread throughout the country, Stockcars caught the imagination of the general public.

It all started in 1954 when Empire Speedway Pty Ltd introduced the spectacle at the Sydney Showground. The bash and crash Stockcars attracted one of the biggest speedway crowds in the history of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) venue.

The thousands of fans entering the ground spun the turnstiles almost off their hinges as spectators raced to the best seats to watch these heavily armoured Ford Coupes, Buicks, Pontiacs, Holdens and Fords turn on the carnage and collision.

This new-found spectacle was here to stay and in following decades the format of the spectacle was slightly changed to an American-styled Demolition Derby, but the attraction of cars crashing into each other remained as popular as ever.

So the Demolition Derby at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway on Saturday night is carrying on a unique tradition in Australian speedway history.

The last car running will be the winner and the driver will walk away with a magnificent trophy. As the field is knocked out of contention, drivers attempting to play the cunning game by hiding behind cars already eliminated from the contest will be disqualified by officials.

The objective is open warfare with no place to hide!

The racing portion of the programme will take on significant importance for Wingless Sprintcar drivers who will contest another round of their Driver to America premiership which is now entering the second half of the season as points become vital over the remaining rounds.



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