You've probably driven by it a thousand times, maybe heard the noise, and possibly even attended. I'm here to tell you about the best entertainment value for your dollar in the Treasure Valley. The place is Meridian Motor Speedway, and last Saturday was demolition derby night. This is truly an American-bred sport. All you need are some large, old, American cars and an equal number of drivers of whom usually match the same description.
Meridian Motor Speedway's demolition derbies are a Treasure Valley tradition dating back countless decades and are guaranteed to draw a good crowd. The Speedway holds three derbies a year. The first one is held on the track's opening night, the second is held midseason and a grand finale takes place at the end of the year. Admission is only ten dollars for adults and there are reduced prices for seniors and children twelve and under. For about the price of a movie you will get four-plus hours of hair-raising, edge-of-your-seat entertainment showcasing numerous styles and skill levels of racing.
The demolition cars are completely stock, only a few modifications in the interest of safety are allowed. The goal is simple: the last car moving wins. Strategy is key. If you get too aggressive too early, you will wear out your car. Yet if you sit motionless and wait for the other drivers to eliminate themselves, you will be disqualified. Another humorous aspect of this American spectacle is that the cars are mainly operated in reverse. This gives the drivers the best opportunity to wreak carnage on their opponents while preserving their precious radiator. Predetermined boundaries are set to insure there is plenty of destruction. Most importantly, all of the drivers' doors are painted bright orange as a safety precaution. If you hit someone in the driver door you are disqualified.
For me to give a play-by-play of the mayhem would be as hard as trying to sell potatoes at an Atkins convention, so I will cut to the chase. First place was awarded to Fred Flora. I believe Brian Wurtz, a first time demo participant, spoke for everyone saying, "It was the most exciting thing I've ever done." Eloquently said Mr. Wurtz, and congratulations to all.
To you, the trusty Boise Weekly reader, I say attend a race. They are all exciting. No need to call the Speedway, they run every Saturday night. They even have great concessions (I recommend the jalapeño cheese fries). There is a no smoking or drinking family section. As for the techies out there, go to www.meridianspeedway.com for more track and schedule information. I hope to see you at the races.