Demolition derby: Not bad for a first-time effort

Competitors came from as far away as New Zealand and Manitoba

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Estimates vary on how many spectators showed up for the Crash For Cash demolition derby on the June 15 weekend. But we’ll go with head organizer Gunner Persson’s guess of 1,500.

The bleachers hold 800, he says, and they were full. Then there were people standing and sitting all around the pit. Plus about 250 in the beer tent.

“It was a success,” Persson says. “There were a few glitches we’re going to work out internally, but it was good.”

Crash For Cash saw 47 drivers register, in the three different events. The full-size car event was the big one; the $20,000 first prize going to Steve Nystrom of Sherwood Park. Winning $10,000 for second place was Joe Johnston of Edmonton. Brian Bohler took third spot.

In the pickup truck event, Derek Coté of Glendon won the $8,000 first-place prize. David Pattison of Thorsby was second and Joe Johnston finished third.

Winning the Powder Puff event was Cathy Johnston.

Heavy rain on the Friday night before the competition didn’t help. But Persson says they made the best of it.

Will there be a Crash for Cash in 2025?

“Give me a month,” Persson says.

Fans and competitors are certainly hoping there is one. Maybe even a group that hauled their car all the way from Winnipeg Manitoba to take part. They told The Leader the drive took them 20 hours and they had a great time.

Steve Nystrom, right, took top spot and $20,000 in the Crash For Cash main event, Pictured with him are Joe Johnston, centre and Brian Bohler, with their second and third-place trophies. Photo courtesy of Crash for Cash.

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