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January 18th, 2013
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38th Hangtown Destruction Derby crashes into Placerville Speedway this Sunday
By Bill Sullivan, For the Placerville POA
PLACERVILLE, CA (8-12-13)
This Sunday, August 14 Placerville Speedway will host the sounds of smashing sheet metal, the roar of smoking engines and cheering spectators as one of El Dorado County's oldest charitable events returns for its 38th consecutive year. It's time for the classic Placerville Police Officers Association's Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby, an afternoon of car crushing mayhem that is fun for the entire family.
Now in it's fourth decade of operation, the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby is presented by the Placerville Police Officers Association in conjunction with the cooperation of El Dorado County Fire, Placerville Speedway and the business community of El Dorado County. The competition in the event is populated by men and women representing law enforcement and public safety agencies and various area businesses in a contest of mechanical survival on a mud filled infield of the fairgrounds main arena.
In the early years, the Hangtown Destruction Derby was open to only those employed by public service agencies. However, this will mark the fifth year that entries are open to the public, who merely must be endorsed by a police or fire agency. The process is a simple task and a number of El Dorado County Automotive related businesses are expected to enter the event that benefits charity under the management of the PPOA.
As the Hangtown Destruction Derby reaches a landmark of being 38 years strong later this week, it continues to be one of the oldest and most successful annual events that benefits charity in El Dorado County. Through the years, proceeds from the derby have benefited a number of organizations such as youth sports, children's groups and the Police Officers annual Christmas party for underprivileged children. The bottom line, the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby is fun for the whole family and in the end, it's all presented for a good cause.
The entry fee for the event is just $50 and the winner of the super main will be awarded a healthy $1000. Second place earns $500 and third place wins $300. Heat races will pay $150 to the winner, $100 to second place and $50 to third. In addition to the cash winnings top finishers are awarded trophies for their success. Entrants in this annual event routinely acquire the vehicle themselves and then use area sponsorships to construct it into a full blown derby car. In many cases, the winners turn around and donate their winnings to a charity of their choice after the bills are paid for the construction of the car, safety equipment, transportation to the event and possibly a visit to the chiropractor the following Monday.
In 2010 nearly 20 drivers competed in the Hangtown Destruction Derby. Several years ago, this event was feared to be endangered when low attendance and participation made it difficult to continue promoting. Over the last several years, the Placerville Police Officers Association have been instrumental in the growth of the annual derby, teaming up with local race track promoter Alan Handy and his public relations staff to increase interest in the event by combinining it with the popular "Kids Night" at the speedway on the night prior to the derby. Once again, veteran Police Office Ron Cannon has been hard at work with his team to make sure the 2011 derby is a fun filled event.
As a long time competitor with a great love for his community and family entertainment, Cannon's enthusiasm along with the collaborative promotion with Placerville Speedway and many businesses in the community that sponsor the affair, this once struggling event continues to strive and is ranked as one of the most popular law enforcement charity events in the western states, sitting second to the annual "Pig Bowl" that takes place in Sacramento each year.
This year the 38th Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby will begin on the eve of the event with the annual event BBQ at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and involvement with Placerville Speedway during Mountain Democrat Kids Night event. On this evening, the speedway admits all children under 12 for free to the speedway and holds bicycle races during intermission. The Placerville Police Officers Association will be on hand when the gates open at the races, handing out tickets to those youngsters 12 and under that attend the races. The officers will not be handing out speeding tickets, but complimentary children's tickets the Sunday Derby. The team effort between the Police Department and Placerville Speedway makes this coming weekend one to remember for the youngsters.
The grandstands at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday and the first heat race of the derby is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. following opening ceremonies and the popular parade of entrants. An early arrival to the speedway is suggested as last year the grandstands were nearly filled to capacity prior to the opening event. Adult tickets to the derby are just $10 at the gate. Seniors are $5. Children 12 and under are $5, unless they attend the auto races the night before and receive a complimentary ticket that is good for admission with a paid adult.
A number of area businesses have donated prizes that will be raffled off at the 38th annual Hangtown Destruction Derby and the pre-event BBQ that takes place Saturday evening at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. A number of additional prizes will be raffled off at both events. The pre-event bbq takes place on the main lawn of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
For further information on the event, the official website of Placerville Police Officers Association can be viewed at www.hangtowncops.org or by calling 530-642-5210.