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Truck, smash!
by BY SHAIN GILLET
Jan 28, 2013 | 474 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shain Gillet
Shain Gillet
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When word spread quickly through our Clipper office about the demolition derby that took place last weekend, I just as quickly said “when can I get a story?” and immediately thought of ways in which I could both go to the event and write a follow up about it.

The latter two didn’t happen, but I was still excited to know that Davis County can offer such an array of activities ranging from motocross exhibitions to monster trucks smashing things and more.

My memory is a bit shaky when it comes to my younger years, but I remember going to one of these demolition derby things as a kid.

All I remember are fragments of that memory, but I’m pretty sure the event occurred at what was known as the Salt Palace. Also in that memory were a lot of loud noises and tires too big for any normal-sized vehicle to handle.

It should be one of those things you shouldn’t forget; however, I can’t help but think that I was there to enjoy the sights and sounds of a demolition derby.

Even if my memory is fragmented, I still can’t help but want to go to one of these demolition-type events. The idea of intentionally smashing vehicles beyond repair is something I’d like to see for myself. It just looks and sounds like an event you have to be at to enjoy, because otherwise I probably would be watching it on TV.

For me, an event such as a demolition derby is a lot like a rodeo. In order for me to get the full enjoyment of competition, I have to actually be there. It’s one of those sports that I’ve attempted to follow and watch on TV, but never really got the full enjoyment of it until I started attending the same events.

The same can be said for a lot of outdoor sports. BMX racing, skiing (water or snow), skateboarding Й they all offer an escape from our own personal realities by being available on our televisions. However, in order to get the full enjoyment of the event, taking a seat in section 123, row E, seat 12 is the best way to go.

I’m pretty sure that the event was a smashing-good time, and I sure wish I could have been there. Maybe the next time I hear about something like this happening in the local area I’ll think back to this column and immediately find a place to nab three tickets.

Then I’ll sit back, relax, and hope I don’t get too dirty.

sgillet@davisclipper.com

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