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

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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.”

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Driv­ers strug­gle for con­trol on the slip­pery sur­face.

Ben Fer­ris, right, and an­other driver cir­cle each other.

Car­nage on the speed­way track.

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