On Saturday I attended a "demolition derby" here in my home town. Here
is a short video of one "race" I made with the A77. The video is over 3 minutes. It is 2 minutes longer than chappo1's attention span.
The event was sponsored by the Kinsmen and all money raised is going toward a new ($175,000) play park for children...all good. It is a rather crazy event, but for a good cause. It was a lovely spring day and over 3,000 people attended.
-- the last car moving is the winner of the event. The last two cars have to be "repaired" and entered in the finals.
-- when a car is no longer moving the driver breaks off the wooden lath in the driver-side roof .. once the slat is broken the car can no longer be intentionally hit
-- the "races" took place in a dirt field that soon will be a new subdivision in our rapidly growing town
-- despite what looks like a dangerous event, the top speeds attained might be 20 kph and there are strict safety measures in place
-- the radiators are removed and re-installed inside the car interior
-- gas tanks are removed and replaced with small portable tanks inside
-- cars are equipped with safety "roll bars" specifically in the front of the driver
-- no car can be hit in the driver-side door .. most driver doors are painted white.
-- the arena is very small (about 75 meters square) and there was a wide safety buffer (~50 m) around the track
-- the arena is surrounded with a dirt berm and beyond the safety buffer is a two-stage "moat" that would prevent any car from traveling very far .. no cars were forced out of the first safety berm
-- at each corner of the arena, two fire fighters stood with fire extinguishers
-- there was a full compliment of emergency staff and fire firefighters
-- there were no incidents .. the small fire (video) was extinguished in seconds