Provides an overview and history of demolition derbies. Also includes information on the type of cars used in these competitions.
Children's LiteratureProfiling the most democratic of motorsports, this introductory look at the demolition derby phenomenon includes plenty of action-packed shots of demolition derby events, with color photographs of cars smoking, crashing, and even starting on fire. Because demolition derby has a short history and almost no rules, much of the text focuses on safety issues. Most interesting is a step-by-step discussion of how amateur drivers choose their cars and make simple, inexpensive modifications for optimum safety and derby effectiveness. A short glossary highlights key words from the text, and a bibliography and a FactHound link to Internet sites will lead readers to more information on the topic. This easy-to-read book may entice reluctant readers not only to enjoy learning about demolition derby but perhaps even to enter a competition themselves one day. Part of the "Wild Rides!" series on extreme motorsports. 2003, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
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