Demo Derby Rules and Information

Demolition Derby

Becker County Fairgrounds, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Friday August 9, 2019 at 7 pm
Saturday August 10, 2019 at 7 pm

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Driver Entry:

  1. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Drivers must furnish their own car or have a sponsor.
  3. Drivers may enter each heat, but must have a different car and entry form for each heat. Each driver may have only one car in the final heat.
  4. An entry fee of $30 will be charged if pre-registered. There will be a $50.00 registration fee at the gate.
  5. Drivers will be allowed in free. All pit crew and others will be charged gate admission.
  6. Entries will be accepted on a first-registered basis.
  7. All car preparation must be followed or you will be moved up a class or will not be able to run depending on judges decision. ALL JUDGES DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

Regulations:

  1. Cars should arrive at the fairgrounds by 5:00 pm for inspection by the judges.
  2. All drivers must attend the 6:30 meeting by the announcers stand prior to race time for judge’s rules and explanations. Drivers not at the 6:30 pm meeting will be DISQUALIFIED!
  3. No drivers or pit crew under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be allowed to participate.
  4. All drivers must wear safety belts and helmets.
  5. Drivers may maneuver their cars forwards or backwards.
  6. No hitting of the opponents drivers doors will be tolerated.
  7. If a driver does not hit another car in 2 minutes time, the driver will be disqualified. No playing “possum”. No team driving.
  8. Drivers will display their flags when out and remain in the car until the heat is over.
  9. All drivers must have working brakes to enter the derby.
  10. There will be 10 minutes at the end of the last heat until the consolation heat begins.
  11. ALL JUDGES DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND RULES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!!

Attention Demo Derby Contestants

**When participating in a demolition derby, you are not covered by your personal auto insurance. In the event that another driver or spectator is injured as a result of your actions, you could be named in a lawsuit.

** When participating in a demo derby, your personal automobile liability or physical damage insurance does not cover you. In the event that another driver or spectator is injured as a result of your actions, you could be named in a lawsuit.

Friday, August 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

  • Vans/Compact Trucks
  • Chain and Go Pickups
  •  Welded Compact Class

Saturday, August 10,2019 at 7:00 pm

  • 1980s and Newer
  • Stock Class (welded)
  • Welded Pickups

Stock Class (welded)

1st Place: $1000/Trophy
2nd Place: $500/Trophy
3rd Place: $250/Trophy
Consolation: $50/Trophy(minimum 6 cars to run 1 heat)

Vans/Compact Truck

1st Place: $600
2nd Place: $300
NOTE: Need 6 car minimum to run for full prize money

Chain and Go Pickup class

1st Place- $1500/Trophy
2nd Place- $500/Trophy
3rd Place- $250/Trophy

Welded Truck Class

1st Place- $1250/Trophy
2nd Place- $500/Trophy
3rd Place- $250/Trophy

Welded Compact Class

1st Place: $1250/Trophy
2nd Place: $500/Trophy
3rd Place: $250/Trophy

1980s and Newer

1st Place: $1250/Trophy
2nd Place: $500/Trophy
3rd Place:$250/ Trophy only
Consolation: $50/Trophy

Heats:

  1. There will be 4 heats of 10 cars each if the quota of 40 cars is met. (Exception: Vans/Compact Trucks and 1980s and Newer: only one heat will be run unless more entries are received.) Late entries fill vacancies on a first-registered basis.
  2. The 2 finalists from each heat and consolation winner will compete in the final heat.
  3. Any drivers who do not qualify for the finals will be eligible for the consolation heat.

Car Preparation:

  1. All American cars, vans, trucks, and wagons are allowed.
  2. ALL COMPACT TRUCKS MUST BE 2-WHEEL DRIVE—NO EXCEPTIONS!
  3. Absolutely no frame reinforcement, stuffing, filling, or welding.
  4. No painting or undercoating of frames or sub-frames.
  5. Reinforcing will be permitted for driver’s safety and for fuel tank protection (Be reasonable.)
  6. Driver’s door must have protection added or you will not run.
    1. Bracing across door posts is permitted and encouraged.
    2. Rearward interior bracing must end 1’ in front of the rear wheels.
  7. ALL COMPACT CARS—106” or less wheelbase (front and rear drive) / cars up to 109” (front wheel)
    1. Anyone caught cheating may be disqualified indefinitely.
    2. Judges decisions are final.
  8. All hoods must be opened or removed for inspection.
  9. All hoods must have a minimum of 18” opening for inspection and fire safety.
  10. No under hood bracing is allowed.
  11. All hoods must be secured by chain or bolts.
  12. Bolts are permitted. No more then 4 large bolts (3/4” max) are allowed to secure the hood.
  13. Bolts from radiator support through the hood are permitted.
  14. Bolts welded to (not through) the frame and then bolted through the hood are also permitted.
  15. Trunk inspection holds are not needed. You must be able to see through the back seat area. All trunk areas must be clean of misc. parts, tires, etc.
  16. All trunks must be secured using chains or welding (using 5” on, 5” off). Nothing else!
  17. Bolts through the trunk lid and floor are permitted. Bolts may be welded to the frame, but not through the frame rail. (Limited to 2 bolts not over ¾”)
  18. ALL STATION WAGONS—Rear jump seat must be removed and lift panel also removed.
  19. Suspension must appear as factory components.
  20. Front suspension may be welded/bolted up providing height requirement is met.
  21. Coil or leaf suspension is permitted. Interchange permitted, but must function properly.
  22. All leaf suspension must stagger as factory leafs—NO double leafs. Do not weld leafs together or add leafs.
  23. NO welding of shocks, shackles, or any other movable rear suspension parts.
  24. Rear shackles may be shortened/lengthened to meet height requirements.
  25. Coil springs may be welded in place or chained to prevent them from falling out.
  26. Steering—You may strengthen steering/tie rods as long as they appear stock.
  27. Limiting rear suspension travel with chain is permitted. Chains must be loose at stock height.
  28. Bottom of bumper height:
    1. No higher than 24” for full size.
    2. No higher than 20” for compacts
  29. Bumpers are interchangeable.
  30. Bumpers may be welded to bumper mounts or frames on one side only, 8 inches back, 1/2 inch thick.
  31. All shock absorber bumpers may be collapsed and welded.
  32. Front and rear bumpers may be chained or welded to prevent dragging.
  33. Bumpers MAY NOT be filled, stuffed, or added to in any way! No shock towers allowed. Must be able to see through.

Truck Preparation:

  1. Only rear wheel drive trucks will be allowed.
  2. All glass and chrome and must be removed before entering the fairgrounds.
  3. Absolutely no frame reinforcement, stuffing, filling, or welding.
  4. No painting or undercoating of frames or sub-frames.
  5. Reinforcing will be permitted for driver’s safety and for fuel tank protection. Be reasonable.
  6. All cab reinforcing must be within the shell of the cab…NO kickers to the frame.
  7. Driver’s door must have protection or you will not run.
    1. Bracing across doorposts is permitted and encouraged.
    2. Bracing behind drivers head area is permitted and suggested.
  8. If any frame reinforcing is found you will be DISQUALIFIED!
  9. All hoods must be opened or removed for inspection.
  10. All hoods must have 18” minimum opening for inspection and fire safety.
  11. No under hood bracing is permitted.
  12. All hoods must be secured by chains or bolts.
  13. Bolts are permitted. No more than 4 large bolts (3/4” max) can be used to secure the hood.
  14. Bolts from radiator support through the hood are permitted.
  15. Bolts welded to (and not through) the frame and then bolted through the hood are also permitted.
  16. You may bolt the cab to the box with as many as 6 large bolts and washers (up to 4”x4” plates as washers.)
  17. You may bolt the box directly to the frame with up to 10 bolts (1/2”).
  18. When you cut a hole in the cab/box for fuel lines, make sure the lines are well-protected .
    1. Use pipe or something similar to protect the lines.
    2. DO NOT run the lines through the back window.
  19. Suspension must appear as factory components.
  20. No welding of shocks, shackles, or any other movable rear suspension parts.
  21. Front suspension may be welded/bolted up providing height requirements are met.
  22. Coil or leaf suspension is permitted; interchange permitted, but must function properly.
  23. All leaf suspensions must stagger as factory leafs (no double leafs.)
  24. DO NOT weld leafs together.
  25. Rear shackles may be shortened/lengthened to meet height requirements.
  26. Steering—You may strengthen steering/tie rods as long as they appear stock.
  27. Limiting rear suspension travel with chain is permitted. Chains must be loose at stock height.
  28. Bottom bumper height: No higher than 26” for full size pickups.
  29. Bumpers are interchangeable as long as they appear to be stock….No bumpers from vehicles not in your class.
  30. Bumpers may be welded to bumper mounts or frames.
  31. All shock absorber bumpers must be collapsed and welded.
  32. Front and rear bumpers may be chained to prevent dragging.
  33. No folding or crimping on pickup boxes.

Please follow all of the rules for your own safety and the safety of others. We are all here to have fun!

Chain and Go pickups

  1. No pre70’s pickups.
  2. Only rear wheel drive trucks will be allowed.
  3. All glass and chrome must be removed before entering.
  4. Absolutely no frame reinforcement, stuffing, filling or welding.
  5. No painting or undercoating of frames or sub-frames
  6. Reinforcing will be permitted for driver’s safety and for fuel tank protection. Be reasonable
  7. All cab reinforcing must be within the shell of the cab. No kickers to the frame.
  8. Drivers door must have protection or you will not run.Bracing across the doorposts is permitted and encouraged. Bracing behind driver’s head area is permitted and suggested.
  9. If any frame reinforcing is found you will be disqualified.
  10. All hoods must be opened or removed for inspection.
  11. All hoods must have 18″minimum opening for inspection and fire safety.
  12. No under hood bracing is permitted.
  13. All hoods must be secured by chain or bolts
  14. Bolts are permitted. No more than 4 large bolts (¾”max) can be used to secure the hood.
  15. Bolts from radiator support through the hood are permitted.
  16. Bolts welded to (and not through) the frame and then bolted through the hood are also permitted.
  17. You may bolt the box directly to the frame with up to 10 bolts (½”)
  18. When you cut a hole in the cab/box for fuel lines, make sure the lines are well protected.Use pipe or something similar to protect the lines.DO NOT run the lines through the back window.
  19. Suspension must appear as factory components.
  20. No welding of shocks, shackles, or any other moveable rear suspension parts
  21. Front suspension may be welded/bolted up providing height requirements are met
  22. Coil or leaf suspension is permitted; interchange permitted, but must function properly.
  23. All leaf suspensions must stagger as factory leafs. (no double leafs.)
  24. DO NOT weld leafs together.
  25. Rear shackles may be shortened/lengthened to meet height requirements.
  26. Steering-you may strengthen steering/tie rods as long as they appear stock.
  27. Limiting rear suspension travel with chain is permitted. Chains must be loose at stock height.
  28. Bottom bumper height: No higher than 26″ for full size pickups.
  29. Bumpers are interchangeable as long as they appear to be stock. No bumpers from vehicles not in your class.
  30. Bumpers may be welded to bumper mounts or frames.
  31. All shock absorber bumpers must be collapsed and welded.
  32. Front and rear bumpers may be chained to prevent dragging

1980s and Newer Preparation: (Follow these rules or you will not run)

  1. Only cars dating from 1980 and newer will be allowed.
  2. Absolutely no frame reinforcement, stuffing, filling, or welding.
  3. No painting or undercoating of frames or sub-frames.
  4. The only welding allowed will be for driver’s door protection and differential.
  5. No changing of the suspension will be permitted.
  6. No sliding driveshafts.
  7. Bars will be permitted only on the dash and seat. No bars inside the doors will be permitted.
  8. Any tires are allowed.
  9. The trunk can be reinforced with 2 chains. Kinking the trunk is permitted.
  10. 1 chain will be allowed per door.
  11. 4 chains will be allowed on the hood. Front hood chains should go around the bumper.
  12. No threaded rod may be used on the vehicle.
  13. The motor may be chained.
  14. The rear axle may be chained with 2 chains.
  15. Bumper shocks may be collapsed. All hoods must be opened or removed for inspection.
  16. All hoods must have 18” minimum opening for inspection and fire safety.
  17. No pulling body mounts.
  18. Valve stem protectors are permitted.
  19. The addition of any metal is strictly prohibited.
  20. Any cars that have been modified outside of these rules will be given the option to run with the welded/stock cars.
  21. May have a flat bumper but no more than 1/4 inch thick.
  22. Fenders may be bolted with up to 4 bolts per fender.
  23. Any factor parts are allowed including V-bumpers.

Rules are modified as the year goes on; please contact a derby chairperson to ensure the rules have not been modified.

For copies of the most up-to-date rules and rules that are not in the premium list please see the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce or download them here.