A popular Armstrong Thanksgiving tradition has been reborn.
The Armstrong Demolition Derby, which drew throngs of spectators to watch metal being bent and twisted in every way possible for nearly a quarter of a century, returns to the Interior Provincial Exhibition grounds Sunday, Oct. 13.
“We’ve talked about starting it up again for the last couple of years,” said Lyle Williamson, son of longtime derby organizer Larry Williamson, of the upcoming event. “It was a big event and a lot of people have missed it.”
The derby ran for close to 25 years before shutting down at the turn of the century.
It returns with full-sized cars, two-wheel-drive trucks and, at the end of day, powder puff races with women drivers behind the wheels of whatever vehicles remain able to run.
“We’re also going to have at least a couple of women drivers racing with the men,” said Williamson.
One of them will be his sister-in-law, wife of Williamson’s brother, Leroy. Two years ago, the couple were the final two vehicles going up against each other in the Salmon Arm Demolition Derby.
“The crowd loved it,” said Williamson, who grew up with his brother and dad being involved with the derby either as a car builder, crew member or driver. Williamson is only organizing this year.
The crowd in Armstrong will not be disappointed as the large field includes cars that are relatively stock built, not fully modified.
“The crowd wants to see metal bending and fully modified cars are pretty much tanks on wheels,” said Williamson. “They hit hard. People like to see the cars get bent out of shape.”
Drivers will be competing for cash as well as trophies which have been sponsored by the Armstrong A&W.
Food vendors will be on hand.
The derby goes rain or shine.
The gates open at 10 a.m. and the derby starts at 11:30.
Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and kids under 10 are admitted free.
More information on the derby can be found on the event’s Facebook page. Type Armstrong Demolition Derby into the search engine.
Armstrong Parks and Recreation is also involved with bringing the derby back to Armstrong.