The Armstrong Demo Derby is expected to attract an enthusiastic crowd at the IPE grounds Sunday.

The Armstrong Demo Derby is expected to attract an enthusiastic crowd at the IPE grounds Sunday.

Demo Derby returns

The Armstrong Demo Derby, after making a spectacular return in 2013, is set for Sunday

It’s metal mayhem in an enclosed area.

The Armstrong Demo Derby, after making a spectacular return in 2013, is set for Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at the Interior Provincial Exhibition grounds. Gates open at 10 a.m.

The event made a comeback after an absence of more than a decade last October, and it was obvious the derby had been missed by fans.

An overflow crowd jammed every seat at  the IPE grandstand to catch glimpses of old-style cars and trucks plowing into each other.

“I’m sure we’ll have another pretty good turnout this year,” said event organizer Lyle Williamson.

Cars, trucks and the always popular powder puff divisions return but there’s a new class for the 2014 derby: mini vans.

“They’ll be doing some figure eight racing in the ring for a couple of heats,” said Williamson. “It will be full-contact figure eight racing, like a hit-to-pass style, but we don’t want them to destroy each other because they will derby at the end.”

Drivers will be competing for $7,000 in prize money, along with trophies.

The event is expected to run throughout the afternoon.

Three food vendors have been confirmed for the event and Williamson is working on adding a fourth.

Tickets will be available at the gate (cash only, no debit) and are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Kids under 12 get in free (maximum two per adult). If any large groups would like to purchase tickets in advance, they can contact Parks and Recreation at 250-546-9456, or Williamson, by phone at 250-546-9115 or by e-mail at derby13@telus.net.