Cars bounce around at demolition derby


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  • Driver Khyle Conklin of Franklin Boro, New Jersey sits inside his superhero themed car with friends Brandon Moore and Caitlin McGuinness while waiting for the start of the compact car heat.




  • Cars crash and smash in the arena.




  • Two competitors go head to head during a heat.




  • A car went airborne and landed on top of Thomas Hickey's 2001 Grand Am (72).




  • Standing next to his car (24) Billy "Trucker" Hotalen of Wantage, New Jersey raises his fist in triumph after winning the compact car heat.




  • Standing on his car (24) Billy "Trucker" Hotalen of Wantage, New Jersey raises his fists in triumph after winning the compact car heat.



A demolition derby took place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds also known as the New Jersey State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 6.

The cars were old and ugly but in this kind of competition good looks don't count. What counts is the last car still running when the dust settles.

A sellout crowd cheered their favorite drivers and their raggedy rides inside the muddy arena. Many of the competitors had sponsors and even their own pit crews. Dave Franek Automotive of Wantage, New Jersey, Lafayette Motors of Lafayette, New Jersey and Brodhecker Farm of Newton, New Jersey were among the many local businesses sponsoring drivers.

— Photos by George Leroy Hunter






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