Demo Drivers Slip and Slide to Victory

BARTON – Heavy rain on Sunday failed to dampen the fun of the last day of the Orleans County Fair. In fact, the rain seemed to add to the excitement of the demolition derby as drivers smashed cars while trying to maneuver a muddy, slippery track. The excitement was heightened by lightning, thunder and a hard rain, but overcast skies only eased weekend’s grilling heat.In between events, a few individuals rolled around in the mud for cash prizes while hungry fans chowed down on treats sold by area Boy Scouts or purchased from the assortment of vendors at the fair.Seth Cartee of Newport City won first place in the four-cylinder engine class and Tim Hunt won the six and eight cylinder class. Hunt drove a mid-1970s Cadillac Eldorado. His brother Chris Hunt, who won second place, also drove a Cadillac, as did third place winner Stacy Mayhew. The Eldorado is a heavy, front wheel drive car that has a lot of traction, which makes it attractive to the Hunt family. Tim Hunt called winning first and his brother winning second a special moment. “We do it for the challenge,” said Tim Hunt. Hunt’s car this year came from the Dion family, long time demolition derby participants. Cartee drove a 1992 Toyota Camry he found in North Derby. The car he smashed to smithereens could have been roadworthy.“I figured it would be a tough car,” said Cartee. “Hammer it and kill it is what I was thinking.”Cartee, who has been driving demolition cars for about 10 years, took first place in 2003. He calls driving in the derby fun and likes putting on a show for the hundreds of cheering fans in the grandstand. Cartee is now looking for a car for the state demolition championship in Rutland.Dylan Bodette won second place in the four cylinder class and Mayhew took third.