Crash For Clunkers: Demolition Derbies Hard Up for Cars

The cash-for-clunkers program has meant more cars going straight to the junkyard, rather than making a stop at the county fairground

Brendan Kennedy

Competitors in Walton, N.Y., searched far and wide for their cars; one was procured in Michigan.

Correction Appended: Sept. 10, 2009

There's at least one group of people who are happy Cash for Clunkers is over: demolition-derby drivers. Participants in these events, in which drivers smash into one another until there's only one engine left running, don't enjoy the sight of old cars going out of commission without making a pit stop at the county fairground. "Obama is an anti-demo-derby guy," says Tory Schutte, head of the Demolition Derby Drivers Association. "He's targeting the cars we've been using."

Also contributing to the shortage of derby-worthy cars: scrap-metal prices have doubled...

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