COUNTY FAIR ENDS WITH DEMOLITION DERBY

July 31, 2007 11:00 pm
Lewie Bambauer of Orland, Calif., driver of the #11W car (left), rams into the smoking #52 car of David Wright of Gold Beach, on his way to victory in the demolition derby.  (The Pilot/Josh Bronson).
Lewie Bambauer of Orland, Calif., driver of the #11W car (left), rams into the smoking #52 car of David Wright of Gold Beach, on his way to victory in the demolition derby. (The Pilot/Josh Bronson).

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

The 2007 Curry County Fair wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the demolition derby at the indoor arena at the Event Center on the Beach.

Destruction and mayhem filled the arena as five drivers smashed into each other for the entertainment of the bloodthirsty fans.

After one round of preliminary bashing, the five junkers competed to the death in the grand finale, where the last vehicle running was claimed the victor.

Lewie Bambauer of Orland, Calif., took first place in the event and grabbed the $1,000 grand prize.

Stuart Hoggatt of Bandon took second place, with a $300 prize.

A pair of Gold Beach boys took third and fourth place, with Keith Wright taking home $100 and David Dickerson grabbing $50.

Dickerson's car, the #420 Super Trooper, was voted the "Best Appearing Car" by the demolition derby fans.

On the previous evening, local drivers tested their skills in the Tuff Truck competition, navigating over an obstacle course in a timed event.

Shane Wallace took first place with a time of 37.97 seconds.

Tony Arneston came in second at 39.1, followed by Ron Righetti in third at 40.25.

The "Most Spectacular Run" award went to Tammy Ross in her truck "Rogue Thunder."