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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Demolition Derby closes out Saline County Fair with a bang

  • The annual Saline County Fair finished on Saturday night with the Demolition Derby as the last grandstand event.
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  • The annual Saline County Fair finished on Saturday night with the Demolition Derby as the last grandstand event.
    Jake Wise and Austin Apple were the announcers for the event and provided a running commentary on the contests. The grandstand was packed with an eager of thrill seekers as the staccato rumbling of entries in the mechanical carnage careened around the arena, delivering clanging impacts and sending cars spinning around, tires grabbing frantically for traction in order to come about and make another punishing run at their adversaries.
    The first four heats saw unmodified, stripped down cars ram, spin and sometimes ride up on the hood or trunk of their targets. But the real thrill of the event came as the modified cars took the field to engage, like mechanistic gladiators, in punishing, car-smashing combat.
    Doug Hale of Harrisburg took time to speak to the Daily Register before the modified car heats began. Hale was driving a 1959 Edsel Station Wagon, modified to carry a 383 cubic inch Chevy engine, running on methanol alcohol fuel. After over 20 years of competing in demolition derbies, Hale still enjoys the thrill of the contests.
    “It’s an adrenalin rush,” Hale said. “The only thing that compares to it is skydiving or bungee jumping.”
    Hale's black Edsel is heavily modified for the derby and is, “Braced and reenforced from the front bumper to the back bumper.”
    The spectators thrilled to the smashing clash of these beasts of sanctioned road rage and the cars, belching blue-white flame through their exhaust stacks, flashed around the arena, slamming into each other and often pinning an opponent to the wall with a thunderous crash to the cheers of the audience.
     

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