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Demo derby set to crash into TRAC on April 17

Nothing like a little smash 'em up demolition derby to fire up the beast within.

And when you get to do it for charity, well, let the destructive games begin!

That describes the Smash for Cash Demo Derby planned April 17 at TRAC in Pasco.

The derby is open to American-made hardtop cars and station wagons. But don't get any ideas about hauling out that rusty old Chrysler Imperial from behind the barn because Imperials, for some unexplained reason, are not allowed. Neither are commercial vehicles, trucks or convertibles.

OK, now for the rules of engagement. This list mentions only the basics to provide the gist of what to expect. Qualifying vehicles must have all glass, chrome, exterior mirrors, headlights, taillights, emblems and flammable materials removed. That includes rear seats.

Doors must be chained and welded shut and safety bars are mandatory behind the driver's seat, which can be welded or bolted into place -- that goes for trunk lids and hoods too. Oh, and seatbelts and helmets also are required.

There are about 21 rules total for anyone who wants the adventure of demolition derby. To read all of the details, go to

The trashed-out heaps will hit the dirt track at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $8 or $15 for the VIP section. Kids age 10 and younger are free. The price goes up $2 on the day of the show. Tickets are available at Ranch & Home in Kennewick and Pasco Auto Wrecking.

Proceeds from the event will go to local military charities Camp Patriot, U.S. Troop Care Package and ACES.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;