Ferris’ flying pig triumphs
Local copper Ben Ferris was “happy as a pig in mud” on New Year’s Eve after winning the Nickol Bay Speedway’s annual demolition derby. Ferris and his Daewoo station wagon named Little Piggy 2 looked down and out early on but snatched victory. The night al
A ring packed three cars deep lined the Nickol Bay Speedway fence on New Year’s Eve as hundreds of families ended 2016 with a highoctane bang.
Organisers said more than 3000 people came through the gates for the NYE demolition derby to watch the fireworks, races, demo derby, kid’s BMX race and a world-record burnout attempt.
The night started with the racers hitting the track. Juniors, stocks, productions, wingless and sprint cars went around the circuit for the last time and the burnout pad played host to some tyre shredding.
Unusually for speedway, the sprint cars were not the loudest part of the night. Following racing, a fireworks display was put on to wow the crowd.
There was a world record in the making, too. Three cars got the back wheels spinning on the back of a truck as it made its way around the speedway track, coloured tyre smoke and all in a push for a Guinness World Record entry.
Record organiser Al Couper said the world-record attempt, and the whole night, had been a credit to the club.
“I think the spectators really got their money’s worth for the entertainment the club put on tonight,” he said.
Speedway president Brett Armstrong said the night had been “astronomical.”
“This has blown our minds away with the support we’ve had from the public,” he said.
“There is no way we thought we would get this many people into the speedway.
“In my nine years, here this is probably the biggest crowd we have ever had.”
The namesake of the event, the demolition derby, was held off until the end of the night.
Nine drivers took their machines out with the intent of driving into each other and it was local copper and speedway driver Ben Ferris and his Daewoo who came out on top.
Ferris looked down and out early after losing reverse gear and getting stuck on another car, but patience paid off as he worked to wiggle himself free while the other contestants were writing each other off.
“Going out there as a pig with police lights on I was always going to be a target," he said.
”My first hit on the side of the car knocked reverse out.
”I just survived really because it lasted an extra 50m before it died.”
Drivers struggle for control on the slippery surface.
Ben Ferris, right, and another driver circle each other.
Carnage on the speedway track.