It's Not NASCAR, It's Derby Car!!

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It's Not NASCAR, It's Derby Car!!

Postby JeanInMontana » Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:27 pm

Tomorrow is the annual Demo Derby here in my town. My Nephew by marriage is in it again and I took some before pics. I will of course be taking some at the derby too.




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Larry the Cable Guy is one of Keith's favorite people.


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Postby rockingmtranch » Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:36 pm

Nice pics :D
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Postby JeanInMontana » Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:31 pm

You ain't seen nuthin' yet. I got some great shots. WOW it was fun.
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The Derby Action

Postby JeanInMontana » Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:19 pm

After a week of noticeably cooler temps today was back into the high 90's, hot and windy. A hot wind blowing from the South West. There was a large crowd and we got there later than we should have for a close parking spot. I was into a good sweat by the time we got to the grandstand and found seats. My sister and I had Kloee, everyone else had been down to the fairgrounds early to get ready. Oh, except for my brother in law and he always arrives fashionably late. :rotf:

There were more cars this year I think and Keith drew the fourth or last heat. So we had a wait for him, but there was plenty of good action. Exploding radiators audibly popping tires, real flames shooting out of the stacks. It was a blast! Loud and smokey. They spray the rodeo arena with water so it's not too dusty, but my eyes burned and still are.

The rules keep the action going, no car can go a minute without hitting another. If a car stalls they have two minutes to get it started or they are forced to break their flag and that puts them out of the race. No intentional hits to the driver door. Not hits to a car after their flag has been broken. Hit hard and keep going. Last two cars running per heat move on.

I took 190 plus pictures I think the camera said. Don't worry I won't post them all here. I will post a few I picked out for special reasons.

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Pitt Crew in the pre derby line up.

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In for the heat.

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In action.

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A good hit by Keith.

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No junk in this trunk.

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Take note of the mountains just behind the bleachers.

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Line up before heat. Look in the background at the mountains over the bleachers again. There is a hint of smoke coming over them. In just a few minutes it was an obvious column.

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Arena action and check out that smoke!

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Fire on the mountain. Arena action the Herbie heat, all little cars.

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The winner of the main event! Can you tell he owns the bowling alley?

Well, Keith won his heat too and that put him into the main event. The car had quit while in the heat, but he was one of the last two running so he made it to the next level. The starter had gone out and he got it replaced, but there was some sort of wiring problem and he finally did get into the arena for the main event. His car had the least amount of damage of all the cars. It was looking good.

There is a guaranteed $3000.00 pot to split. There is an auction of all cars called a calcutta also and that money is added to the purse.

Keith had to shut the car off for the calcutta and it wouldn't start again!! Damn the luck, the judges broke his flag and he had to sit there while the whole heat was ran.
Next year Keith, next year.
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Postby rockingmtranch » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:43 am

Thanks for sharing. Awesome. :D
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Postby JeanInMontana » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:28 am

My host for this site has a gallery package [free] that can be added. I think it would be kind of cool. We could all post things. I got some great shots of beat to shit cars and smoke coming out of them. I wish I could have got the one that had flames coming out of the stacks. It was unreal that thing had some major power. If he had put tires on it for the mud he would have done much better.
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Postby rockingmtranch » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:47 pm

I like to post pics.....if y'all aint scared to see em 8)
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Postby lurkingatu2 » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:41 am

thanks so much that is the bomb now thats racing i wish my town had racing (pdx) sucks oop's :oops: that's the stuff i miss lol :celb: i'm like a mopar fan lol :D but i also like all :celb:
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Postby JeanInMontana » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:21 am

We only get it once a year.
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Postby megan » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:08 pm

It's not next year that he is going to win jean. It will be in a month and a half and im going to win the herby derby. Man i hope so that would rock!!

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Postby JeanInMontana » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:25 pm

Yes and I will post pics of that too..... :celb:
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Postby laserjet » Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:40 pm

Well what do you know, I thought this sport was dead.I use to watch it on tv back when I lived in New Jersey but that was decades ago .Wow cool I enjoyed it sure glad to see it still happening great photos.

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Postby JeanInMontana » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:24 pm

:celb: Nope it's going here. The follow up event was in another town and the weather was crap so I didn't go. I will get more shots at this years event though. I might try to scrape up the $$ to get a spot for MM on the car.
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Postby laserjet » Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:15 pm

thats very cool idea sponsorship on a race car , I hope it happensyour nephew had a tough break in that race but thats racing luck of the draw

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Postby JeanInMontana » Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:39 pm

Yes he is very young and learned from it. It's a family tradition now..LOL My brother in law sponsors the car and sits in the stands willing him to win. I just love watching him watch.
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Postby rockingmtranch » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:15 pm

We need pics of the watcher next time Jean :D Does he bite his nails, look nervous at all, or just enjoy?
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Postby laserjet » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:25 pm

yes as a fan of racing i know the feeling i do the same watching junior in that 88 car . but with family i would think more so .

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Postby JeanInMontana » Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:38 am

rockingmtranch wrote:We need pics of the watcher next time Jean :D Does he bite his nails, look nervous at all, or just enjoy?


OMG .... Mac my BIL is a hard core Harley Davidson guy and looks the part. He is way too cool to look like anything short of nuclear disaster makes him nervous. You have to get to know him to see what gets to him and what a big softie he really is. If I put his pic on here and he found out....I'm not sure what would happen. :shock:
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Postby rockingmtranch » Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:28 pm

Well, now you have to Jean. Dang. Can't tease us like that :rotf:
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Re: It's Not NASCAR, It's Derby Car!!

Postby JeanInMontana » Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:11 pm

OK but keep it quiet.
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