James Talarico takes a flip in his ‘84 Sprint during the mini-stock races at last year’s Summer Smash. Competition gets underway again this weekend at the Hope Sports Bowl. Events start at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

James Talarico takes a flip in his ‘84 Sprint during the mini-stock races at last year’s Summer Smash. Competition gets underway again this weekend at the Hope Sports Bowl. Events start at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Summer Smash action is back

Organizers are expecting over 40 competitors to roll into town for the races and demolition derbies at the local Sports Bowl, July 16-17.

Hope Motorsports is gearing up for its biggest Summer Smash event this weekend.

Organizers are expecting over 40 competitors to roll into town for the races and demolition derbies at the local Sports Bowl, July 16-17.

“It’s entertainment all day,” said co-organizer Dusty Smith. “You don’t have to love cars to enjoy this either.”

Saturday will feature 4×4 and mini-stock races, as well as a heat of the truck demolition derby. Organizers have added a new Utility Terrain Vehicle class to the 4×4 event this year, which consists of side-by-side vehicles like Yamaha Rhinos and Polaris Razors.

An outdoor concert is also planned on Saturday night with Slick 50 featuring local performer Roger Schmidt. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Sports Bowl.

On Sunday, the action continues with mini-stock racing, and car and truck demolition derbies.

The top competitor in each event class will win a trophy and cash prize.

There will also be a beer garden set up throughout the weekend and a midway provided by West Coast Amusements in Sixth Avenue Park.

Summer Smash continues to attract competitors from across the Lower Mainland, and from as far away as Kamloops and Washington state.

“There’s not too many like this that are going on anymore due to insurance costs becoming such a hassle,” said Smith, adding that insurance for the local two-day event is about $2,400. “The people that are involved in these sports are die-hard people.”

Hope Search and Rescue will provide the safety and security checks, while Hope Crime Prevention handles the ticket sales at the gate.

The action gets underway each day at noon, with vehicle registration and inspection at 10 a.m.

Entry for competitors is $40 per event and gate admission is $10. Proceeds will benefit Hope Search and Rescue and Hope Crime Prevention. Tickets to the Saturday night concert are $15.

Advance tickets are available at Lordco, or through Smith at 604-869-1736.

For more information, contact organizers at hopemotorsports@hotmail.com.

Just Posted

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Woman’s 100-km birthday marathon from Chilliwack to Abbotsford will benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Dancers from the Sts’ailes First Nation perform the eagle dance at a welcome banner dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 10. “Ey Swayel” is a Halq̓eméylem term translated as ‘a good day.’ (Adam Louis/Observer)
VIDEO: ‘A good day’ for Agassiz school as Sts’ailes welcome banner is dedicated

Banner hangs above the school’s entrance, welcoming students, staff and visitors

Missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs was found deceased on Thursday evening (June 17).
Body of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs found

Hobbs was reported missing Monday after leaving his job site in Langley

UFV athletes were honoured for their strength and perseverance during the pandemic. (UFV photo)
Fraser Valley athletes recognized in year without sports

UFV Cascades athletes honoured for strength shown during the pandemic

A tenant walks in front of her home on Boundary Road on Friday, June 18, 2021 after it was destroyed by fire the night before in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack family homeless after fire rips through house on Abbotsford border

Turtle rescued, no one seriously hurt following Boundary Road fire in Chilliwack

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Surrey Fire Service battled a dock fire along the Fraser River late Friday night (June 18). It was on Musqueam Drive, near Industrial Road, around 10:45 p.m. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
VIDEO: Fire engulfs pier on Surrey side of the Fraser River

Dock has reportedly been unused for a long time

People in Metro Vancouver can expect to experience a short wave of heat just in time for Father’s Day, according to Environment Canada. (Black Press Media files)
Short-lived heatwave headed for Metro Vancouver this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be up to 10 degrees higher than average Sunday and Monday

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Most Read