- Popular event returns with expanded program that includes exciting compact car division
PLACERVILLE, CA – This Sunday, August 16th, Placerville Speedway will host the sounds of smashing sheet metal the roar of smoking engines and cheering spectators as one of El Dorado County’s oldest charitable events celebrates its 42nd consecutive year. It’s time for the classic Placerville Police Officers Association’s Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby. It’s an afternoon of car crushing mayhem that is fun for the entire family and this year it has a brand new twist.
Now over four decades strong the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby is presented by the Placerville Police Officers Association in conjunction with the cooperation of El Dorado County Fire, Placerville Speedway and the business community of El Dorado County. The competition in the event is well populated by men and women representing law enforcement and public safety agencies along with entries of the daring type from the general public in a contest of mechanical survival on a mud filled infield of the fairgrounds main arena.
As the Hangtown Destruction Derby reaches it’s 42nd year, it continues to be one of the oldest and most successful annual events that benefits charity in El Dorado County. Through the years, proceeds from the derby have benefited a number of organizations such as youth sports, children’s charities and the Police Officers annual Christmas party for underprivileged children. The bottom line, the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby is fun for the whole family and in the end, it’s all presented for a good cause.
The 2015 version of the Hangtown Destruction Derby is sure to be bigger and better than ever as the program has been expanded to include a compact car division the first time in the event history. While the open class will feature the heavyweights of the sport in a classic battle of destruction, the new compact class offers the excitement that is becoming quite popular in other derby events nationwide. This class is open to cars that have a wheelbase of 107 inches or less and any make or model is permitted, sedan or coupe, with the exception of trucks, vans and four wheel drive vehicles.
With the two classes, two champions will be crowned at the end of the afternoon with winners of each of the super mains earning a healthy $1000. Second place earns $500 and third place wins $300. Heat races will pay $150 to the winner, $100 to second place and $50 to third. In addition to the cash winnings top finishers are awarded trophies for their success.
Entrants in this annual event routinely acquire the vehicle themselves and then use area sponsorships to construct it into a full blown derby car. In many cases, the winners turn around and donate their winnings to a charity of their choice after the bills are paid for the construction of the car, safety equipment, transportation to the event and possibly a visit to the chiropractor the following Monday.
This year the 42nd Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby will begin on the eve of the event with the annual event BBQ at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and involvement with Placerville Speedway during Mountain Democrat Kids Night event. On this evening, the speedway admits all children under 12 for free to the speedway and holds bicycle races during intermission. The Placerville Police Officers Association will be on hand when the gates open at the races, handing out tickets to those youngsters 12 and under that attend the races. The officers will not be handing out speeding tickets, but complimentary children’s tickets to the Sunday Derby. The team effort between the Police Department and Placerville Speedway is sure to make this coming weekend one to remember for the youngsters.
The grandstands at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds will open at 11 am on Sunday and the first heat race of the derby is set to begin at 1 p.m. following opening ceremonies and the popular parade of entrants. Adult tickets to the derby are just $10 at the gate. Seniors are $5. Children 4-12 are $5, unless they attend the auto races the night before and receive a complimentary ticket that is good for admission with a paid adult. Those under 3 years old are free.
A number of area businesses have donated prizes that will be raffled off at the 42nd Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby and the pre-event BBQ that takes place Saturday evening at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
For further information on the event, the official website of Placerville Police Officers Association can be viewed at www.hangtowncops.org. For information on Kids Night at Placerville Speedway, visit www.placervillespeedway.com.
*Photos Courtesy of Mountain Democrat/Placerville Speedway Sponsor