The crowd roared as one, heads craning over one another as a beat up old truck casually flipped over from a collision with another truck.
It was just another day at the Fernie Lions Demolition Derby.
Chunks of metal and dirt flew at the derby this year as heats of cars and trucks battled it out, smashing into one another until the losers left the ring limping, with assistance by a tow truck.
Brilliant hits — like the truck flip, or a car pushed almost to the edge of the beer garden’s gate enclosure— elicited the most laughter from the hunderds who gathered to watch hoods crumple, wheels pop and metal crunch in the name of a good cause.
In the derby’s over 40-year-long history of smashing up cars, almost half a million dollars have been raised by the Fernie Lions Club to donate to good causes across the Elk Valley.