Metal Mayhem in Warburg

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Hitter Hard goes back for more at the 2013 Metal Mayhem in Warburg.

                Vrooom…Vrrroooooooom!  With tires spinning and dirt flying, demolition cars energized the estimated crowd of ‘just under 2000’ at the 8th Annual 2013 Warburg Metal Mayhem Demolition Derby on June 22.

        There were 22 full-size 8-cycle cars entered in the derby with $4,500 in prizes and twelve mini 4-cycle cars entered with $1,300 in prizes.

The official winners are as follows:

Heat 1 – Dave Kemsley, Tom Kemsley, Joe Johnson; 

Heat 2 – Dave Mercer, Chad Reyne; 

Heat 3 – Clayton Wheeldon, Holly Kirkness, Neil Wynacht; 

Heat 4 – Derek Febechko, Devon Groenveld;

Buy-Back heat – Steve Charlton, Kris Kaavind.

Final: 

1st – Devon Groeneveld, 

2nd – Chad Reyne, 

3rd – Joe Johnson

Minis: 

1st – Henry Leeder

2nd – Gordon Wurban

3rd – Jim Meyer

Barrel racing: 

Full size – Tim Perrault

Mini – Henry Leeder

        Lantz Reyne was named Rookie-of-the-Year. 

The nearest car came from Warburg, the farthest from Fort McMurray. 

 

Pit Party

         Event co-organizer, Lesley Wurban said they held a pit party this year with fifteen drivers participating. An hour before the derby start, the general public was allowed into the ring to check out the parked demo cars and talk with the drivers. 

        

‘Crashing 4 Cancer’

        Lesley and her husband, Gordon, are participating in demo derbies in Warburg, New Sarepta, Lamont, Edson, Fox Creek and other locations with the ‘Crashing 4 Cancer’ fundraiser. A percentage of donations and winnings will go for cancer research with $200 earned at Warburg alone. Donations may be made through the http://albertacancer.ca/crashing4cancer link. 

        Strong volunteer support from local community groups contributed to the success of the event; Warburg Minor Hockey (beer gardens), Grade 6 Field Trip (parking), Ag Society (gates), Great West Cruiser’s 4-H, (raffle car, blow-up car, and 50/50 ticket sales).

        On behalf of the Derby Committee, Sandy Parsons expressed appreciation for the three major sponsors—Vivid Signs of Leduc, Pair-A-Dice Bikes of Sunnybrook, and Centre Point Performance of Calmar.

         Wurban said the loader operators were Edmonton Kubota, Henry Leeder and Apollo from Warburg. Dalmac of Warburg supplied the water truck. Mitch Miller of Thorsby served as announcer.     

         Wurban is grateful for the support of the drivers, volunteers, fans and the Village of Warburg. She adds, “Without you, we [would] have no derby.”