Double derbies

SunMedia's 2016 demo driver Melanie Stone full speed ahead.

Road rules will go out the window on January 7, when it’s pedal to the metal all the way around the terracotta track as part of the SunLive Baypark Speedway Demolition Derby.

The SunLive Baypark Speedway Demolition Derby is the first of two to be held this season, with the second one scheduled for April 15.

“We decided to hold one in January when holidaymakers will still be around to give them the chance to enjoy the spectacle of a demolition derby,” says Baypark Family Speedway promoter Bernie Gillon.

Bernie says it’s not hard to prepare a car for the derby and all the information on what is required can be found on the Baypark website www.bayparkspeedway.co.nz

“Basically all the glass, including mirrors, must be removed, the correct seat belt installed and a safety pole put in behind the driver’s seat.

“A number of drivers in the past have pretty much taken their road car and converted it into a demo-derby vehicle as a way of having a last fun drive before it goes to the wreckers.”

Once on the track it’s no holds barred and, to make things even more interesting – as well as trying to hit other vehicles, every competitor must drive over a ramp.

The winner is the last car still mobile and there’s prize money to win too. The demo-derby is just one of the attractions of the January 7 meet, which will also feature the second round of the Champion of Champion Sprint Car Series.

This is raced during six rounds, spread between Baypark and Western Springs speedways. Also racing that night will be Saloons, Mini Stocks and six-shooter V6 Wingless Sprint Cars.

“It will be a great night’s entertainment for speedway fans and a chance for those who have never experienced speedway to come along and see what it’s all about,” says Bernie.

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