“Hello and Welcome!”
This is a message we will deliver over 30 times in 2016, from May through September , at fairgrounds and festivals across this fine state of Michigan. Should you happen to be a first time visitor to one of our U.S.A sanctioned events, “Welcome” and if you have experienced our competition before, “Welcome Back!”
2016 is a very prominent year for us marking our 41th Anniversary of staging automobile mayhem before fair and festival grandstand crowds like you. The U.S.A. group started out with the ever popular smashing and crashing Demolition Derby event. A couple years later we introduced a second thrill with the Figure Eight Derby and the dreaded intersection crossing twice per lap. A few years ago we inducted the Auto-Cross Enduro(sometimes called a Bump & Run and Demo Scramble) into our series offering a new challenge with twists, turns, and jumps that the drivers must outmaneuver to claim victory.
The obvious stars of our shows are the cars (which take truly amazing amounts of punishment), most of them being born right here in Michigan. We can’t overlook the real stars, the brave men and women that pilot the automobiles. Also, the time and talent from a dedicated crew that has built this warrior auto to compete on the track. Countless hours of preparation have been put into each one of these cars by the drivers and their pit crews.
As we have ventured into the twenty-first century the local county fair or festival has a lot of the “bang for the buck”. Given the atmosphere of a fun filled county fair or festival and add the thrills of a U.S.A. motorized event, you’ve got serious excitement and fun for the whole family!
If you’re witnessing one of our standard Demolition Derbies, notice the abuse these cars end up taking and the punishment inflicted on the competitors’ cars. Watch the quickness and clever timing of the Figure Eight drivers as they approach and pass through the dreaded intersection. Catch the skill of the Auto-Cross drivers as they negotiate the many twists and jumps on the track. These motorized gladiators know just the right moves to make and when to make them. Sometimes the breaks don’t go a driver’s way, but they keep coming back and digging until they do, and this all makes for a great show. Tonight we will surely crown a winner, equally important is that the winner can take his or her place in the season-ending State Championship competition.
We can’t let this evening pass without a tribute to those making-up this U.S.A. event. First there are the officials. It takes a sizable and knowledgeable crew to stage one of these programs. Officials must react quickly and fairly to any situation which occurs. We must credit all the dedicated festivals and fair board members that have organized and prepared the track for this evening competition. Also, the safety crews, police, fire, ambulance, sponsors, and the most important ingredient “you the race fan”.
Back by popular demand will be the Pick-up Truck and Mini Van Demolition Derby heat at a few selected shows. We will also be including a Team Demolition Derby heat at a couple of our shows in 2016. Most of our Figure Eight shows will consist of two classes of cars; the big V-8 class and the Front Wheel Drive class. If you turn to the very center of your Souvenir Program, these added events are listed along with our complete 2016 schedule.
As we mentioned earlier, this year’s tour takes us on the roads of Michigan for five months. Like most other sports, our drivers and fans look forward to an end of the season championship. 2016 is no exception, we will hold championship’s in each one of our division series. First, is our 41st Demolition Derby Championship, at Saline Community Fair on September 10th. There is $6,500 up for grabs, for all qualified cars (two classes big and compact), as well as, pick-up truck and minivan demolition derby drivers. One week later the big one, Figure Eight Championship will take place on Saturday, September 17th at Munger, action starts at 6:30 pm. Michiels Auto Salvage is sponsoring this end of the season shoot-out with $10,000 (and a lot of bragging rights) is up for the taking to all qualified Figure Eight contenders. The Auto-Cross Enduro Championship will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council grounds in Ann Arbor (Saline Fairgrounds) on September 24th, sponsored by Lowell’s Towing and Northside Collision. The top drivers throughout the Mid-West will be competing in these three different division championships. You will not want to miss any of these Championships.
On behalf of my wife, myself, the extended U.S.A. family, and a dedicated staff back in our offices in Belleville, Michigan, we all look forward to the opportunity to entertain you. The drivers and crews, some are hometown heroes, have spent many countless hours in automobile combat preparation. We have a long history of coming together for your entertainment so sit back and enjoy, and thanks for letting U.S.A. competition be a part of your Fair or Festival experience.