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Take a ride inside a demolition derby car at the Lynden fair

Take a wild ride in the Demolition Derby at the fair in Lynden

Ride along with Cody Lagerwey as he drives in the first heat of the big cars in the Demolition Derby at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Lagerwey came in second.
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Ride along with Cody Lagerwey as he drives in the first heat of the big cars in the Demolition Derby at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Lagerwey came in second.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ride along in a car at the demolition derby at the Northwest Washington Fair?

We put a 360-degree camera inside the car of Ben Lagerwey of Lynden, who won his preliminary heat and finished second the Big Car main event Monday night, August 14.

Brad Simms of Custer, driving a Cadillac, won the main event.

Rich Hamner of Montana, formerly of Ferndale, won the Big Truck event and Tony Stahlecker of Lynden was runner-up. About 70 drivers participated.

The demo derby has been held at the fair since 1978 and the event, organized by the Whatcom Demo Derby Club, is among the fair’s most popular attractions.

As another added attraction, contestants also could enter a car in the “Jump Your Junk” event. Michael Vree and some friends ran a 1990 Honda Accord off a ramp, ending in an epic nose dive.

“It’s a lof of fun,” Vree said.

Michael Vree of Lynden and four of his friends decided it would be fun go airborne in a 1990 Honda Accord during the "Jump Your Junk" event at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden, Washington on Monday, August 14, 2017.

Philip A. Dwyer: 360-715-2839, @PhilipADwyer

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