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Have you ever been to a demolition derby?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 27, 2007

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Photo of Tery Dunn

“Yeah, a few. I actually won my heat at the derby here in Lawrence back in 1998, I think. I just like bashing up the cars.”

Photo of Grace McConnell

“No I haven’t, but I’ve been to a motorcycle sidecar race in England before. It’s definitely a team sport. They have husband-and-wife teams, but I told my husband not to get any ideas.”

Photo of Robert Embers

“Yes, at the Douglas County Fair. It’s pretty interesting. They get a lot of old clunkers off the road that way.”

Photo of Molly McDuffie

“No. I just have no interest in going, I guess.”

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trinity 10 years, 10 months ago

lol, uh, sgt-i think not. at least i had a heckuva time trying to make a connection!

i think everybody oughta drive in a derby at least once; more fun than a person oughta be allowed to have! :)

Bobbi Walls 10 years, 10 months ago

Yep, we go every year to the one here. Also to the ones in McLouth and Tonganoxie.

trinity 10 years, 10 months ago

oops just answered this on the feature story comment section! YES i have and YES it is a total blast! :)

sgtwolverine 10 years, 10 months ago

Oh yeah. I go every year. I wouldn't miss it.

Are demolition derbies and motorcycle sidecar races really comparable? At all?

mom_of_three 10 years, 10 months ago

no, but I can hear it from my house. My husband and kids went last year.

lmpaul 10 years, 10 months ago

The derby's at it's best when there's been a really long, slow rain. So much mud to sling into the audience. Woo-hoo! Ya all go get 'em!

sunflower_sue 10 years, 10 months ago

No. But I've been to a BBQ cookoff once. Those BBQ people really take their BBQ seriously. They have all these big smoking ovens and my hubby was really oggling them, but I told him to not get any ideas. I tried some of the BBQ. It was delicious. I think they used lots of brown sugar. Or maybe it was vinegar. It was along time ago. I don't remember.

Ceallach 10 years, 10 months ago

No I haven't, but I have planted a butterfly garden. I told my husband not to get any ideas about mowing over it. Oh, I'm sorry, what was the question?

Ceallach 10 years, 10 months ago

Actually, I did attend one. My husband loved those darned things!! Passed the gene on to my children. So I reluctantly went with them during the DC fair one rainy August. It would have been one of Impaul's favorites since I came home covered with mud and unable to hear for 48 hours. So for me it was a once in a lifetime experience :)

Frederic Gutknecht IV 10 years, 10 months ago

Demolition derbies cause global warming, toxic oil spills, noise pollution, mudslinging, fun pollution and cats sleeping with cars. They are absolutely demonic...and a are a poor substitute for Christians and lions. Get real!~)

Ceallach 10 years, 10 months ago

So, JJE, it's a GOOD thing that I won't go, right? I feel much better knowing that I am not going because I'm too prissy (accusation from my family:), but in actuality, I am refusing to be a part of something so sinister that it is likened unto wild animals killing and devouring people.

Tony Kisner 10 years, 10 months ago

I didn't read the related article, is this about the college kids coming back? AKA unsanctioned event - R_I

jonas 10 years, 10 months ago

No, I haven't. I don't like paying cover charges, so I generally just go to Farmer's Markets and hope for that one old dude to go bashing through stalls and carts in his Buick Century. To date, I haven't managed to be in the right place at the right time, but I plan on bringing a cat with me next time, so maybe I'll have better luck.

trinity 10 years, 10 months ago

i don't know that i have EVER laughed so hard&so much at comments on this paper as i have today! and more than one thread!!!! y'all are truly in RARE form today, wowzer, i LOVE it! :)

Ceallach 10 years, 10 months ago

friDAY, FRIday, friday!!!

I am too old to have received the benefit of parent's knowing about ADD :( Therefore, I had to learn to sit still, speak when spoken to, and save my sass for future online posting.

payDAY, PAYday, payday!!! friDAY, FRIday, friday!!! parTY, PARty, party!!!

now I must return to the Cannabis article for endoctrination, er, I mean, education . . or the Miller article for exasperation . . so much to do, so little time

trinity 10 years, 10 months ago

LOL, YESSSSSSSSS it most certainly is friday&also payday!!! mayhaps that is what has put me in such a jovial mood! :) ahhhhh, i can almost hear the tops snappin' off the beer bottles right now...

BrianR 10 years, 10 months ago

"Does driving in New York, DC and LA count?"

For sure.

Ceallach 10 years, 10 months ago

It's "Fun in the Sun Day" in Strong Hall!!! All y'all come on over and PARty!!

How many people remember the lines of students in the main hallway of Strong Hall before enrollment online was available? With those huge fans blowing hot air from both ends of the hall? Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! Navigating from one office to the next was very nearly like a demolition derby :) and all those kids (er, ah, young adults) wilting in the heat.

juscin3 10 years, 10 months ago

Heck yeah we go. I took my hubby for the first time a few years ago on the count of him being from Salina and he was really impressed with DGCO. BTW, when is the derby?
As for does JOCO count as being a betcha...I moved to JOCO (and no I'm not a JOCO snob...hehehe) and OMGOSH! It's just as bad as driving in KC! Here pretty soon it will be tied up with KC.

indythinker 10 years, 10 months ago


You ain't been livin' unless you've been to a derby and ate yer dinner off a paper plate!

swamp_rat 10 years, 10 months ago

No, but does a tractor pull count? Me and a bunch of friends went and brought our own cooler of brewskies (One person on each end) (Oh,... of the cooler.) Oh, and earlier that day we were selling carpet remnants and base cabinets, and I told my friends "Hey, don't get any ideas about painting houses, cause then we'll have to start shampooing dogs for a living!" But it was too late, they had already started making corn dogs!

Crossfire 10 years, 10 months ago

"No I haven't, but I've been to a mosh pit in Aggieville before. It's definitely a team sport. They have husband-and-wife teams, but I told my wife not to get any ideas."

  • Purple Cat, Kansas State University doctoral student, Manhattan, KS

Crossfire 10 years, 10 months ago

Roller Derby and Figure "8" Racing. Crash more...cheat less.

cheer67 10 years, 10 months ago

The ones in McLouth are the best! And they're tractor pulls are fun too. You can't hear for the rest of the night, and you'll get covered in mud, but it's worth it.

johndeerefan52 10 years, 10 months ago

how about the best of BOTH!

A COMBINE demolition derby!!

BOY we know how to have fun in Wisconsin!!

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