Combine Harvester Demolition Derby
When the Combine harvester was invented in the 1820’s i seriously doubt at any point did the inventor think that people would buy them and use them in a demolition derby!
In possibly the most expensive demolition derby ever, a combine harvester demolition derby have become quite a popular event around the United States. Fairs in Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, North Dakota and Washington all feature Combine Harvesters in events that can last up to 3 hours!
They tend to use older combines that date from the 1960’s and are worn out and not much use on the farm. If they used new ones they would lose a crazy amount of money as the prize money for these events tends to be around $1,500 and lower and combine harvesters are not cheap! Its not a hobby for the poor.
You would think that battling it out with 15,000 pound 15 foot tall machines would be incredibly dangerous, you would be wrong. So far the worst accident was in 1999 when a competitor fell from his combine and broke his leg.
The rules are simple. the winner is the person who’s left after all other combines are eliminated. You can be eliminate once your header section is broken or if your combine is immobilized. Sometimes there is a tie to the event, this occurs when two combines become completely entangled together and can not longer battle it out.
Watch the 2014 Lorain country fair Combine Harvester Demolition Derby bellow:
Want to get involved? then its not going to be cheap for you. You’ll have to find yourself a combine harvester and get to one of the county fairs where an event is being held. For a slightly cheaper way to get involved why not buy yourself 2 children’s toys and smash them together for an hour or two!