my son “BEST. DAY. EVER” {our first demo derby}

In light of my recent Okie Noodling post, Chris said I might want to think twice before posting this. I consider myself a cultured kind of girl. I think too many people call themselves “cultured” but really they are only referring to a certain kind of culture. I love that last weekend I was at a wedding with Percy Sledge (….who wrote & sang When A Man Loves a Woman…more on that tomorrow) and this weekend I was at my first demolition derby. It was awesome. My 5 year old loves the quote from Tangled, “Best Day Ever!!!”. It got used a lot after the derby.

A demolition derby is basically a race where the drivers intentionally try to demolish the other cars. The last car that is left operational is the victor.

When the first race started, the boys were in utter awe and amazement. I’m pretty sure they couldn’t believe the awesomeness happening in front of them.

When we loaded the car to go, I was in a funk. It had been a long week of feeling the stress of taking on too many commitments and not enough time to accomplish it all. Had we gone to a ballet, I would have still left in a funk. A demo derby, on the other hand, was exactly what I needed. There was something about all that aggressive metal crashing around that was so refreshing for my stressed out self.

After each race, tow trucks and tractors came to pull out the ‘losing’ cars.

A few races in, we started picking “our” car to root for….let me tell you, there are passionate fans at Demo Derbys. You can’t help but start cheering and yelling….


Our friend Mark races…we’ve been wanting to come watch him for a long time. He made it to the final race and lasted almost to the end.

3 best parts of the Derby (aside from it being “The Best Day Ever”):

1. Watching Mark

2. The final battles between the last two cars in each race….so much fun to watch. Maybe it was my stress finding enjoyment in all that crashing about, but it was fun!

3. The guy whose car caught on fire.


So a race was about to start and flames started coming out of this guy’s car. He jumped through the front window and ran, firemen put it the flames out…and then he jumps back in, just in time for the race.


On the way home, Chris and were chatting…

(me) I keep thinking about the guy whose car caught on fire. You know, there was a element of stupidity on his part for getting back into that car.


On the other hand, you have to respect a guy that will take a risk and make a decision that others find stupid when it means doing something he loves. He knew that for himself, the joy of racing that car outweighed the risk involved. He calculated the risk, but ultimately chose to do what he loves. You have to respect someone like that.

You want to race in a demo derby now, don’t you?



My car would look awesome too. You know I could totally do it. No one would take me seriously. I would use my quiet, competitive nature to thrash them all. I could do it.

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  • colleen from alabama - Oh my word! I am all by myself laughing out loud. I don’t know you but i’m sure you could do it. You might even class the joint up a bit:) Can you tell i’m from alabama?

  • emmybrown - haha! This is an awesome post! I love demo derbys and have always thought my car would be the coolest too. I would LOVE to do it….I’ve just become too chicken in my old age!!! :( But, I would totally root for you!!!! You go girl!!

  • Trish - “My car would look awesome too. You know I could totally do it. No one would take me seriously. I would use my quiet, competitive nature to thrash them all. I could do it.”

    you are so cute.

  • BeckyH - O.M.G.
    I LOVE these photos!!
    Being a participant in a demolition derby is on my Bucket List.
    Thank you for the inspiration! :)

  • able mabel - I can see how that would relieve some pent up stress! How fun!

  • Kimberly - LOVE Demo Derby! You would ROCK at a Derby! Keep us posted if you do=) Where did you get FireCracker’s new Wonder Woman shirt?? It is Wonder Woman right?

  • Joan M - I think you could!

  • Jessica P. - Love the boys’ expressions in these pictures. You can tell how “into it” they were. And, yes, you could totally do it! How does that saying go…”It’s always the quiet ones.” :)

  • Sarah - I LOVE it! I’ve never been to a demo durby, or any other type of racing/crashing/ car related sport, but growing up my grandpa had a racing car he’d take to the local race track and compete in. I wish I had been old enough to understand it all and make him take me with him! His passion for the sport though is still one of my favorite memories of him. :)

  • Emily - I’ve grown up my whole life going to the derby…..SO FUN!!!!!!!

  • Emily B - You need to head up to North Dakota—we have derbys, poweder puff derbys for the ladies, and combine/tractor derbies :)

  • Margaret - I LOVE the picture of all the boys in amazement! So fun!!

  • Stephanie Campbell - But, see, you could win by default. Do you think the other drivers would really take you seriously when they saw a car painted turquoise and covered in doilies and flowery buntings? You could totally hit them blind-sided!! Just make sure you give your blog readers enough warning that we can be there to watch.

  • Darcie - I used to think the very same thing about playing football. (I’m from Texas.) “Maybe the Dallas Cowboys would draft me. No one would want to hit a girl, right? So I could just run down the field and score and they’d all be dumbfounded.” Anyway, probably not as satisfying as smashing a car on purpose. :-)

  • amac - That looks like SO much fun! Makes me want to go to one the next time we’re in the states :)

  • Stefanie - I have so many great childhood memories from the demolition derbies! If I remember correctly atleast in my hometown they would do a “powder puff” type demo for the women that wanted to participate those are fun to watch, you are fearless I think you would have a great time!

  • Krystina - You would have the prettiest car EVER!

  • Aunt Sandy - I can totally see you doing that! The only thing missing, me right there with you. That looks like way too much fun. I’m ready if you are!!!!!!

  • Vénusia - I think if you only have daughter you just can’t understand the joy of watching that kind of thing ! Thank God for boys !

  • Jodi - Ashley- what lens did you take to the derby that you could get more than one face in the stands and still get the car shots?!!

  • Carolyn Hunter - Hi,Ashley. I am Mark’s mom and I am so glad we could share you pictures! We were not able to go to the derby this time. Ask Mark about the derby he was in when his car caught on fire, he jumps out the window, grabs HIS fire extinquisher, puts out the fire before the fire crew gets to him, gets back in the car and starts it up! CRAZY and exciting!!!

  • Asha - I’ve been wanting to bring my son to a Demo Derby for years but every year something else comes up. I just told my husband, “next year we’re going”!

  • amber - i have often thought it would be such a great stress reliever to be in a demo derby, crashing things up and making a mess without having to clean it up afterwards! if you caught me in a certain mood on any given day i would join in a heartbeat! if you do do this, you should strap a web cam to your helmet and share it with us all so we could live vicariously through your experience! : ) go ashley!

  • Elizabeth K - They have a demo derby at the NC state fair and I went for the first time last year. It was so much fun. I can’t wait to go again this year!

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