WRECK FEST 2019 and Merrittville Speedway Bring Big BANG
to Southern Ontario
by Steven Petty THOROLD,
ONTARIO (June 7, 2019) … Merrittville Speedway played host
to the first ever WRECK FEST event on Sunday, June 2nd
presented by Thorold Auto Parts. A near record-breaking
crowd was on hand to witness the headlining event, Ontario’s
1st ever School bus Demolition Derby.
“With the weather forecast, the crowd kind of caught us by
surprise” states WRECK FEST 2019 promoter, Tom Beales.
Beales also says WRECK FEST 2020 is already in the works and
will once again feature a School Bus Demolition Derby.
The show which was delayed by 30 mins due to weather and
getting the derby ring ready, after overnight and morning
rains. Started off with a $2500 to win 4-cylinder demolition
derby. The mini smash sanctioned by Smash Motorsports would
see entries from all over Southern Ontario including as far
away as St Thomas and Kingston. In the end, it was Veteran
Demolition Derby Hot Shoe Reg Bonneau from Leamington
Ontario, taking home the prestigious $2500 top prize. Second
place went to Dave Sanders of Mount Forest Ontario, while
Simcoe Ontario’s Mike Graves took home the 3rd spot.
Next up on the smashing day was the feature demolition derby
stars. Kids 4 to 10 years of age were invited to bring out
their power wheels. 20 youngsters took to the centre of the
derby ring and battled it out for five minutes of fame in
front of a standing room only crowd. In the end, all the
kids were winners. Special thanks to Pleasantview Funeral
Home & Cemetery for sponsoring the power wheels action, and
Southern Ontario Power Wheels Derby association for all
A redneck burnout competition would WOW the crowd next; it
would be Don Crawford who would get the fans vote for best
30 seconds of entertainment.
Any 4-cylinder cars who
could get their car back running were invited back out next.
At the end of the free for all frenzy, it would be Hamilton
Ontario’s Thomas Landry taking the victory. After a long
hard-fought battle with Kingston Ontario’s Andrew Graham.
Then the event all of Ontario waited for, as 8 full-size
school buses took to the ring. Fielding the busses would see
several top Demolition drivers from all over Ontario. Jim
Debeau, Three - generations of Dmytrows (Ed, Josh, Zach),
along with former all Ontario demo Champions Rick Beales,
Reg Bonneau. All could not hold off the hard-hitting Devon
Germain from Port Colborne. Devons bus #28 would still be
running strong at the end of the event. So, event officials
put a disabled bus across the derby ring and had Germain
T-bone the disabled bus in an attempt to flip it over.
Although Germain was unsuccessful, the huge impact left the
crowd giving the event winner a Standing ovation, as Germain
climbed from the emergency roof hatch, with the checkered
flag in hand.
With the huge success of this event,
WRECK FEST 2020 is already in the works. It will include the
return of a School Bus demo derby and will also see a
$5000.00 to win demolition derby.
This event could
not be possible with incredible sponsors: Thorold Auto
Parts, Bobcat of Hamilton, Vanmill Landscaping, Pro Battery
Shops, Country 89, Giant FM 91.7, Pete’s Automotive, Diesel
Doctor, The Joe Show Network, Pleasantview Memorial Gardens,
Smash Motorsports, and Southern Ontario Power Wheels Derby
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