Celebrating four decades of demolition

Monday, August 7, 2017
(Photo Contributed) The 40th annual Remsen Demolition Derby, sponsored by the Remsen Community Action Club, will begin at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 19. There will be five classes this year, including a Remsen super stock class, in celebration of the derby’s 40th year, as well as a power wheels derby for kids.

REMSEN — Come Saturday, Aug. 19, the sound of collisions and roaring engines will fill the air in Remsen.

The 40th annual Remsen Demolition Derby, sponsored by the Remsen Community Action Club, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. at 418 South Marion St.

To celebrate four decades of smashing and bashing, there will be a new class this year, the Remsen class.

“This class is for anyone who lives, has lived, or has ties to Remsen,” Remsen Community Action Club President Dan Sheehan said. “Any drivers interested can find our rules on Facebook. We will also be doing a power wheels class again this year for kids ages four to nine.”

On top of the Remsen class, drivers can register for four other classes: full-size modified, limited weld, standard compacts, and hobo.

A total of $8,500 in prize money will be given out over the five classes.

In every class but the Remsen super stock, the top four finishers are awarded.

In the full-size modified and the limited weld class, the payouts are: first place - $1,200, second place - $800, third place - $400, and fourth place - $200.

In the standard compacts class: first place - $800, second place - $400, third place - $200, and fourth place - $200.

In the hobo class: first place - $500, second place - $300, third place - $200, and fourth place - $100.

In the Remsen class, the winner will receive $500, the overall Mad Dog at the derby will receive $200.

With 40 participants last year, Sheehan said he expects the Remsen class to draw in more local participants.

Sheehan added there is room for 2,000 spectators, and people can bring blankets and grab a spot on the hill with a great view of the derby.

The cost is $10 for spectators at the gate, $50 for participants, and pit passes are $25. Registration is the day of the derby.

Sheehan said he is hopeful there can be post-derby entertainment.

“Since it’s our 40th year we are planning on fireworks after the derby is over,” Sheehan said. “Currently we are in a burn ban. Because of that we can’t shoot off fireworks. So we will have to monitor that and hope for rain.”

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