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Smash ’em up occasion attracts hundreds


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BURFORD There was a case of street rage in Burford on the weekend that stayed throughout the confines of the fairgrounds the place dozens of automobiles clashed, smashed and bashed into one another till just one was left shifting.

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The demolition derby, dubbed Billy Bash, featured about 150 drivers and drew between 8,000 and 10,000 spectators over the three-day occasion, which included a live performance on Canada Day and a fireworks show on Saturday night time.

“We’ve had incredible climate, numerous good meals and music and it’s been completely wonderful,” mentioned Ron McClung, one of many organizers.

Billy Bash was developed years in the past by the Williams household in Dorchester, Ont.,  which operated Thrill Present Productions for many years. When Invoice Williams, one of many unique demo derby relations, died, the occasion was dubbed Billy Bash.

However the derby hadn’t run for a number of years. And, when the pandemic hit, the household formally retired it.

“I simply wished to carry it again,” mentioned McClung, who operates I AM Demolition with relations.

“Folks like watching carnage. It’s an adrenalin rush.”

For the drivers, they get to wreck a automotive and probably declare a reward. The derby handed out $30,000 in prizes over the weekend, $6,000 in large trophies and several other thousand {dollars} for drivers who placed on a great present for the gang.

“Our hottest occasion this weekend was the Energy Wheels the place we had youngsters out right here within the straight-away smashing into one another,” mentioned McClung.

“All of them received trophies and goodie baggage.”

The demolition area was surrounded by a number of layers of concrete obstacles, with fireplace extinguishers stationed across the edges.

“We’re very safety and safety-conscious,” McClung mentioned. “We had one little carburetor fireplace and we haven’t needed to black flag anybody.”

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Drivers get black-flagged for not moving into the spirit of demolishing the competitors, for hiding, “enjoying possum” or “sand-bagging,” the place a driver may stall behind a lifeless automotive after which come out towards the top to try to take the win.

Finally, just one car in a match remains to be in a position to transfer and the motive force takes a trophy whereas some Bobcats transfer in to push out the dropping automobiles.

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McClung mentioned that, of the collaborating drivers, a number of got here from the U.S., together with one winner.

The drivers introduced with them their very own automobiles, starting from these 40-plus years outdated and newer, fully-welded up pro-stock automobiles that may very well be value $10,000 to $30,000. The bashed up automobiles are generally written off or repaired sufficient to drive one other day in one other derby.

“The winner might get $2,000 and use the automotive once more.”

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The Burford Agricultural Society hoped the Billy Bash would entice no less than 4,000 and clear $20,000 – funds that would assist with different fairground actions which have faltered through the pandemic, together with the Thanksgiving fall honest in October.

McClung mentioned the profitable weekend means the Billy Bash might grow to be an annual occasion with much more lessons of automobiles and occasions.

SGamble@postmedia.com

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