Demolition derby slated for Oct. 26

Inaugural motorsports event raises funds for Hope Search & Rescue

Scott Medlock (left) and Dusty Smith of Hope Motorsports Group stand with two cars that are being entered into the inaugural Pumpkin Smash demolition derby on Oct. 26.

Scott Medlock (left) and Dusty Smith of Hope Motorsports Group stand with two cars that are being entered into the inaugural Pumpkin Smash demolition derby on Oct. 26.

Residents have one more chance to witness some hard-hitting action at the Sports Bowl this year.

Hope Motorsports Group has decided to host it’s first ever night demolition derby on Oct. 26, coining the competition Pumpkin Smash. An event like this has been in the works for some time, but organizer Scott Medlock said it wasn’t until Jim Lasser provided street lights for the RCMP Musical Ride in September that it became a real possibility.

“We’ve got what we need to do it now,” he said. “There’s a lot of people interested in it and there’s some cars running in the derby that are at the point of not good enough to compete in a whole derby but good enough to run another heat or two. A lot of people are interested in running a car now and getting one more use out of it.”

The plan is to have two heats of mini-stock races, one main demolition derby and one free-for-all demolition derby at the end. There will also be a large bonfire on the mound of dirt just behind the derby arena to enhance the atmosphere.

Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to Hope Search and Rescue. Spectators are encouraged to dress up in costumes and bring a carved pumpkin for a pumpkin toss event. Prizes will be awarded to those closest to the target.

Pumpkin Smash kicks off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26. There will be participants from Washington State, and around the Lower Mainland and Interior.

If there’s enough support from the community, Hope Motorsports Group may turn Pumpkin Smash into annual event at the Sports Bowl.