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    Posted 9 years ago

    mikecassidy
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    This is a Desoto still wearing hub caps. No real preperation went into the sport back then. The cars were tough and the men tough too.

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    1. nldionne nldionne, 9 years ago
      Demo night was always a big thing at our little county fair. Was even bigger than tractor pulls. Loved watching those when I was younger.
    2. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      One of the mostest-funnest evenings of my life, back in the early 1980's when I (almost) absolutely killed a '72 Ford LTD 4-door sedan in our local county fair's demolition derby.

      I made it thru most of my round still running and moving, but got trapped up in a corner/pile I couldn't see how to get out of, since meanwhiles both the hood and trunk/etc had managed to get all folded up and fully blocking my view out the entire front *&* back of the car. Since it was still running strong, I bit the bullet and snapped my "I'm out" stick, then actually shut the engine off hoping to return in the 'consolation round' at the end.

      Once duly pulled out of the arena once somebody else won, I (we) realized I probably would have actually had a good chance at that round...the car was still running, tires still good, and whoever had folded my trunk all up had also indavertently exposed the bumper and frame rails in a way which could have been a *definite* big steel 2-cornered 'advantage' to kill other cars with, ifn's we could just cut away enough of the trunklid/etc so I could actually see out the back again to aim. (cutting the hood off would have been easy?!)

      One way or the other, I never did get my chance at that consolation round, because it turns out one of my crew member's girlfriends, in the stands watching all her favorite "boyfriends" having fun tearing up cars, otherwise also kinda went into her early stages of an entirely different sort of "labor" of her own...before the ultimate end of the Derby that night, we were all otherwise on our way to the local hospital instead to help welcome a beautiful healthy baby girl into the world.

      Not a bad trade-off, I guess...?? :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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