Festival Days PVFD demolition derby results

Who needs a bumper anyway? ... Even the consolation heat saw some crunching action. All cars ended up as compact models before the Philip Volunteer Fire Department’s demolition derby was through on Saturday night, August 2. Photos by Del Bartels

The August 2 demolition derby sponsored by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department had an estimated 400 audience members, plus pit crews, the fire department and 12 cars.

These were the ingredients for the first evening-time showing of the annual demolition derby. The new lighting system made the timing possible. The heat of the day was diminishing as the sun was going down, and as the cars were revving up. The new public address system and crow's nest improved the information-to-the-audience aspect of the action. The 8'x16' crow's nest will remain portable on a flatbed for use with the demolition derby, mud bogs and possibly for rent out to other organizations.

When the smoke cleared from heat one, the first place driver was Derrick Orth. Second place went to Mike Schultz and third place went to Slade Farley. For heat two, the top position was a tie between Billy Marrow and Heath Morrison. Third place was claimed by Caleb Clements. Eight cars were in each heat.

The consolation round had four cars competing. Andy Fitzgerald took first place and Kenny Clements had to settle for second.

The main event began with eight contenders. Orth came out victorious. Marrow crashed his way through to second place and Farley ended up in third.