KELLIE Isaac sat stunned in the seat of her orange Valiant. Dust, smoke and dirt swirled in the car cabin as she frantically tried to free her foot.
It was stuck, jammed between the twisted metal frame of the car and accelerator pedal.
The Valiant had taken a hard hit to the door frame in the metal melee that was the inaugural Ladies' Demolition Derby at Taree Show and Kellie was now desperate to get off the ground and get out of the car.
Cars continued to roar around Kellie as she tried to find a way to get her car off the ground so that she could get help. Watching and waiting for her was her husband, Ray, a veteran of demolition derbys and their two daughters, Loren, 14, and Alicia, 11 years.
"I was able to extricate myself from the derby and then hubby came over to help me. We hobbled off together to St John's Ambulance for assistance before we went to hospital. There was no panic," Kellie explained
"I have soft tissue damage, thankfully nothing is broken but it will hurt for a while."
The same cannot be said for the Valiant.
"It is broken. I went hard and it now will have to go to derby heaven," Kellie laughed.
The event placegetters were first, Casey George, second, Trace Oliver and third, Summer Micallef.
Kellie said the event would run again next year, but would not commit to entering the event.
"Hubby and I may retire from derby, we will see, but I think we may look to administrative roles," Kellie said.
Her "hubby" is Ray Isaac and he was one of the men who lined up in another Valiant to compete in the Australian Demolition Derby Championships at Taree Show.
Heat and gusty winds reduced show gate takings
GUSTING winds and hot weather wreaked havoc with the 2013 Taree Show.
Traditionally, it is rain that washes away committee hopes for big attendance numbers and gatetakings. But this year it was gusting, hot winds that spooked competition animals and people from flowing through the gates of Taree Showground on Saturday and Sunday.
Final figures are still being calculated but show secretary, Chris Taylor said gatetakings would be down.
“Saturday was so hot, and Sunday was so hot with really big winds, that just got worse as the day went on,” Chris said.
“The wind had a big impact on the show program on Sunday. It spooked the horses, so that their program went over time and it stopped the quick release mechanism from working on the crane which was to drop a car. It took a few goes, but eventually it dropped.
“Then the fire brigade was called away from the ground to attend a fire, so we couldn’t start the demolition derby until it returned.”
The much-anticipated and aggressively promoted Australian Demolition Derby Championships started more than two hours late and many viewers left.
“It was disappointing but we could not start the derby. We absolutely understood people’s frustrations but for those who did stay, the derby was just great,” Chris said.
Taree Show Society had expected about 45 cars to travel to Taree for the national event but only 25 cars roared into Taree Showground. Nabiac driver, Daniel Betts took out the championship and took home $3000, with Clint Walter of Firefly, taking second place and $1000 and Andrew Wakeman of Cessnock, claiming third place and $500.
Chris said the committee would closely review the entire show but noted there were some clear winners and losers in the show program.
“The schools were really involved this year in the junior heifer show, and the numbers were up in the pony club events,” Chris said.
An emerging problem is the low number of entries in the art, craft and cooking competitions.
“The numbers of cakes were down big time this year and it was a beautiful cake posted to us from Bundaberg that took out first place and Judges’ Choice,” he said.
“I think we will have to work on better promoting those events locally much earlier in the year.
“We really want to get locals involved.”