Orlando Speedworld & The Knights of Destruction join forces


Orlando, FL - February 10, 2018

Orlando Speedworld’s Ozzy Moya & The Knights of Destruction’s owner George “Moe” Knauer are excited to announce that they are teaming up to bring you two events for the 2018 season. This puts a new name and face to the destruction at Orlando Speedworld and marks the return of a spring show for the first time in years. The demand for this event is at a very high point even after 20+ years of running it, but this will be the first time the event will be run under a new name and brand. They will be taking over the place of “CRASH-A-RAMA” with a new look going forward. Using this opportunity, both event runners want to bring new and exciting acts to the show like MORE MONSTER TRUCKS, CAR SOCCER, FIREWORKS, and maybe even A SCHOOL BUS DEMOLITION DERBY, you never know with this show.

This event will be a new twist on the classic show in hopes to bring it to the next level. In doing so they plan on banging out a few dents and buffing out some preexisting scratches. “One of the main focuses I would like to see is rebuilding the School Bus Figure 8 race, because at one point it was the largest in the world” says Keith Knauer the Marketing Director and Voice of the Tour of Destruction. “As much of a pain in the (you know what) those buses are, it’s all worth it when you see fans’s faces as they go 3 wide into that X”.

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Event Details:
2018 DATES : MAY 12TH 2018 & NOVEMBER 23RD 2018

The Demise Of Old-Style Demolition Derby

July 28, 2015 5:03 AM ET

Heard on Morning Edition

Travis Moyer (center) drives the car that he built for the demolition derby in Kansas. Frank Morris/KCUR

Travis Moyer (center) drives the car that he built for the demolition derby in Kansas.

Frank Morris/KCUR

Americans have been intentionally ramming cars into each other for sport for decades. And at this time of year, fans crowd into county fairs to see battered, souped-up cars bash each other to pieces.

This steel equivalent of blood sport draws a passionate following, and the drivers say it is deeply addicting.

"There's nothing better," says John Green, a demolition derby driver at a recent fair in Franklin County, Kan. "A lot of people say they would do it, but until you get in there and do it you never know the real feeling."

Exhilarating as it all is, only a handful of cars face Green in the arena — about one tenth as many as decades ago. Demolition derby has changed — and some fear it may be running out of gas.

"Another year, then it's over — at least for around here. There's not enough people to keep it going," he says.

They're not making cars like they used to either. There's a lot of plastic on cars, aluminum on cars, and they'll just shrivel up like a pop can.

Shelby Miller

The problem is widespread. In Rock Springs, Wyo., George Pryich, had been running demolition derby for 36 years. This summer, he had to call it quits.

"The last three or four years, it was basically on life support. We just couldn't get any drivers interested in running a derby," Pryich says.

To understand what's destroying smaller demo derbies and why people care, you have to go back to a hot evening, two days before the fair in Franklin County.

Sparks are flying, curses too, in this backyard in Wellsville, Kan., where a group of friends toil over the hulk of a steel-laden monster.

"This car doesn't have a drive shaft, brakes, motor, tranny, radiator, needs bumper shocks, leaf spring clamps. It'll run Saturday," says Brent Parmer.

Parmer, an old hand at demo derby, says there's an arms race of sorts underway. Drivers are fortifying their cars with mounds of steel, even up to $20,000 worth of high-end parts. So, money is becoming a barrier. Time is another one. Building a state-of-the-art derby car can take months and often requires help from skilled, resourceful friends like Shelby Miller.

"It's having fun with family and friends," Miller says. "It's a hobby. This is what we do, this is our lives."

Like most people in demo derby, Miller's got a family history. Her mom and dad derbied. So did her brother — in fact, his name is Derby.

But this lifestyle's raw material is getting scarce. A huge jump in scrap metal prices has sent thousands of heavy '70s cars to the crusher.

"They're not making cars like they used to either. There's a lot of plastic on cars, aluminum on cars, and they'll just shrivel up like a pop can," Miller says.

Pained at watching their sport crumple, some demo derby promoters are trying a major reboot. It's called hobo class.

"The little guy can do it. It don't cost $20,000 to build a car," says Hugh Griggs, another veteran driver.

Griggs says lightly modified hobo cars are ready almost as soon as you kick out the glass. These heaps chug around the arena spraying steam and dragging broken parts. Griggs says it's old school, to a point.

"Like the car I'm driving. It's made in the '90s. It's not half as tough as an older car made in the '70s, so I have to drive it, and I can't hit real hard with it," Griggs says.

It may look like the sport is headed for a wall, but these builders and drivers are resourceful. Some will drive in high-end national derbies. Others will just compete with whatever they can find in the junkyard even after all the '70s land yachts have long since been demolished.



Heading Back to Hickory


HICKORY, NC – The Hickory Motor Speedways office phone is about to start working over time with The Knights of Destruction set to return. This time around they are teaming up with the bandits big rig series to bring semi truck racing back to Hickory Motor Speedway.

The Knights of Destruction have made an appearance at HMS for the past 5 years with strong attendee records. In 2015 the show started to experience overwhelming demand and had a big issue turning thousands of fans away. In 2016 they decided to run two events during the year and ever since the shows has seen a much more spectator friendly result.

“We made the decision to add a second date last year and this year,” HMS general manager Kevin Piercy said. “The reasons we decided to add two dates is it has become so popular that by adding a second event makes it convenient for fans to see the show.”

The schedule for this years event includes school bus racing, Semi truck racing, Jester's monster truck, a trailer race, the demolition derby, and so much more destruction.

“This is a whole different animal to what our normal racing is,” Piercy said. “Everybody likes to see something torn up and they run multiple races. This has grown each year to where we have a lot more competitors come in to run the flag-pole race, skid-car race and other things.”

The reason this event seems to do well is because it does its best to give the fans something new and different but in the end what they want to see. This event tip toes between the lines of the stunt show / monster truck rally / stock car race / and at the same time its none of those. This event prides its self on not being a mix of those things, its happy to say its the best part about them. The stock car race without the cost to enter, the monster truck rally without the ticket price to attend, and the stunt show without the one and done factor. It's an event anyone can enter and everyone can enjoy.

The event will start at 7 p.m.

Early online tickets are $17 for adults and 12-and-under are $10.

Week of show tickets are $20 for adults and 12-and-under are $10.

Pre-sale gates open at 4 p.m. and public gates open at 5 p.m.

For more information about admission, call 828-464-3655.