Two weekends ago I headed to Lewistown, Montana to attend the annual Central Montana Fair and more importantly the demolition derby. My good friend Amber and her family & friends always participate in the derby. I had gone before it but it was 4 years ago. Below I took pictures of the cars they had in the derby. Amber, her sisters, dad, and a few of the boys who are close family friends run cars, trucks, or SUVs.
Where: Lewistown, MT
When: July 2018
It's always fun to see the designs on the cars and even more fun to see the before and afters. Everyone (excluding me of course) spends a lot of time working on the cars... I think the boys even search for cars as soon as the derby is over so it's a year-round process. Amber's family is always so invitng and I love spending time with them. They are definitely a "the front door is always open" kind of family.
Amber and her sister do a lot of the car decorating. Each year that they use the same car, aka wreck it then bring it back to life, they have to decorate them sort of the same. I was telling them that next time they need a new round of cars they should do each car as a Marvel/Avengers character. Amber said that crushed metal is really hard to paint hence keeping with the same design.
Below are the cars, drivers, and pit men crew. I think a few friends and family members made it up there too. I didn't have the heart to tell them after they set up all the cars that the lighting was horrible and they should have set them up where I was standing. The guy sitting in the chair is Amber's dad. He claims to be retiring from derby but I've heard that he says that every year. The third photo was the next generation and the generation after that. I'm not sure if any of the younger kid will actually drive but it was still really cute.
This is me (duh!) and Amber. I wore boots to keep my feet safe, although the girls always wear flip flops in the shop. I did end up braiding my hair later because it was so windy. Amber and her family design t-shirts every year. I really like the color this year - 4 years ago it was a lime green tank, bright and I was a little heavier so it wasn't super flattering. I've been a lot better about eating healthier, less, and exercising since I have graduated from pharmacy school/residency.
Loading up the cars and taking them to derby is a process. I don't think it's good to drive them longer distances (I really don't know!) but I know that they don't have plate so technically it would be illegal. I think we had 3 trailers this year, loaded them on, took them over,and unloaded them - then repeated that process. I can't quite say because I wasn't paying too much attention but I think it took 2 or 3 hours to get them all over and set up.
Like I said I ended up braiding my hair too - well our friend Steph braided my hair. I love that the cars are crappy and we can stand on them. It's really hard getting in and out of them since they don't have doors. I cut my leg or arm or something on the car - luckily I am up to date on my Tentanus shot!
Also like I said Amber's dad says he is retiring this year so they wrote this on the back of his car. He said he was going to retire once all of his girls drove so his youngest daughter jumped in a car this year. Apparently all three girls drove that car when they first started.
I took a bunch of photos of the derby but they aren't that exciting so I am just sharing a few. It's crazy when the car starts smoking. I am not sure how the drivers sees anything.. I forgot to ask them. The number 9 car is my friend's.
So for the first time as derby, well at least my first time, I created a video. I am kind of getting burnt out on photography and switched to video. Mostly, for photography, the greats say that you have to photography what means the most to you, the moments that speak, and for me that's epic landscapes but even more so, people. It's hard to capture all the emotion that I like and even harder to capture myself so I've been videoing more. I think the videos are a lot more fun for you guys and I do feel that social media, especially Instagram that is my best performing platform, is moving to more and more video content. If you like the video follow me on YouTube so you can see more! Pictured below is the little camera I take the video with and a photo of me in action!
It was July and the rest of Montana was hot. And my grandma was admitted to the hospital right before this trip so I was driving all over the state. So when I packed for this trip I threw a few things in the bag, mainly shorts and tee-shirts. And of course it poured rain on us, I mean soaking wet rain. I was freezing and didn't have any pants. It's such a small town, maybe 5.5k people, that there weren't any stores open and I am so much taller than everyone else. Moral of the story? Even in the summer, even in the warm/hot weather, bring jeans and a coat!
In between runs, and even when the runs were going, the crew was in the back making sure everything was getting fixed. A lot of the cars were ran more than once, if they could be, so the guys did everything they could to temporarily fix them. It was really neat to watch them work - I know nothing about cars. I recommend you watch the video if you want to see them in action.
The next day I took before and after photos. As they had to load up the cars and take them to derby they also had to load them all up and bring them home. It's crazy to see them after and to think that every year they look that way and somehow the boys bring them back. Because a lot of them were pretty beat up they had to use the neighbor's tractor to move them off the trailer.