Killarney Show Smash-Up Derby organiser Paul Fox with his entry, The Stig.
Killarney Show Smash-Up Derby organiser Paul Fox with his entry, The Stig.

Smashing night ahead for drivers

PAUL Fox has an unhealthy obsession.

He loves driving backwards as fast as he can into other vehicles.

If he was going for his licence and did this he would probably be refused for some pretty valid reasons.

However, a couple of times of year he gets to indulge his obsession.

Tomorrow night Mr Fox and a group of about 13 other like-minded individuals will hop into specially-designed cars and smash into each other for as long as possible until their vehicle stops.

Of course, it is the Smash-Up Derby at the Killarney Show.

Mr Fox is organising the event this year and said he was out to better his second placing from last year in his trusty 1970 Mercedes-Benz 250.

He admits the vehicle – named The Stig after the famous driver of motoring show Top Gear – is a little worse for wear than when he picked it up for $100 before the derby last year.

The fuel tank, an old oil drum, is in the back seat along with the battery, the driver’s door is cemented for “safety” and all of the glass from the vehicle has been removed and in some cases replaced with mesh.

Mr Fox, a mechanic by trade, confessed it probably wouldn’t pass a roadworthy inspection.

“There is an unwritten rule that you don’t knock out people from your own town first if you can help it,” he said.

“It doesn’t always happen that way in the heat of the battle. I don’t get too carried away but a lot of people do.”

Mr Fox has redecorated The Stig and plans on dressing up in white overalls and a white helmet like his famous television counterpart.

If you would like to enter the derby, phone Mr Fox on 0437 433 253.



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