Nick revs up for Demolition Derby
FROM the moment he was legally allowed to drive he was behind the wheel in an action-packed demolition derby car ready to smash his way to the top.
Allora’s Nick Johnson went in his first derby on his home ground at the Allora Show when he was just 17 years old and after eight years still can’t stop the great adrenaline rush he gets from a derby.
He will front up in tonight’s Warwick Show Demolition Derby in a 1983 Volvo sedan, proudly sponsored by Glenmar Fuels for his whole derby career.
He is eager to be the last car rumbling, where he won’t reveal his tactics, after he won his first Allora Show derby in February this year after taking out Warwick at the 2006 show.
“I’m pumped for it – I am looking forward to it, it’s always a great adrenaline rush,” Mr Johnson said.
“It felt great to win in Allora. It was good to finally win on my own turf.”
A mechanic by trade, it’s hard to find Mr Johnson without a spanner in his hand especially around derby time as he prepares his car for the bash up.
“It’s always great fun. I am just making the finishing touches now ready for tomorrow night,” he told the Daily News yesterday.
Warwick’s Demolition Derby scrutineer David Kelly is excited for another great year of derby action with more than 20 cars expected to front up against each other in the main arena.
“A lot of smashing up cars – bits and pieces going everywhere,” Mr Kelly said.
Mr Kelly has seven years experience on the derby field and has been a scrutineer for the past three and said there was a lot of money to win for the champion.
The last car left moving can win up to $1000.
The derby is the last event in the main arena program tonight following the fireworks.