Although it is still a few months away, the Placerville Police Officers Association is hard at work planning for the 2013 Hangtown Destruction Derby. The newest chapter of this annual affair will be a landmark for the event as it marks the 40th anniversary of mechanical mayhem at the county fairgrounds.
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“I can still remember the very first one,” recalled former Placerville Police Officer Rich Lockwood, a longtime derby flagman and a former competitor who has missed only one of the events in its four decades.
This year, the Placerville Police Officers Association is hoping to bring some of that great history and enthusiasm back as they celebrate 40 years of destruction, trials and triumph in an event that’s often compared in popularity to the annual Pig Bowl in Sacramento.
The 2013 derby takes place Aug. 18 in a big weekend of activities in conjunction with Placerville Speedway. The night before is Kids Night at the Speedway.
In addition to being heavily involved in organizing the annual derby, officer Ron Cannon has been a longtime competitor and won his first ever event last year after years of trying. The victory marked the first time in more than a decade that a local officer won the event which draws entries from throughout California and Nevada.
In the early years, the Hangtown Destruction Derby was open to only those employed by public service agencies. However, 2013 will mark the sixth year that entries are open to the public, who merely become endorsed by a police or fire agency. Proceeds from the derby have benefited a number of organizations such as youth sports, children’s charities and the Police Officers annual Christmas for underprivileged children.
With a little over four months before the derby, entries are now being sought for this very special edition of the derby. The winner of the super main in 2013 will win $1,000 for their efforts. Those interested in constructing a car or getting involved are urged to contact Cannon of the Placerville Police Department by phone at 530-957-8600 or by email at [email protected] for entry information and building rules.
For further information on the event, the official website of Placerville Police Officers Association can be viewed at hangtowncops.org.