Start Your EnginesTuesday, November 02, 2010 By
As summer came to a close everyone started looking back at all of their favorite memories; the late night bonfires, the all day long naps, trips to the pool, and of course the demolition derbies at the Cannon Valley Fair. In the Cannon Falls High School there are many people who play a large part in these derbies, two of them being seniors: Donavin Ehrich and Aaron Nerud. Both Ehrich and Nerud have been competing in these demolition derbies for a long time. Donavin started his racing career all because of his dad who had been racing for many years. It was something that they shared in common and working together was most definitely his favorite part. Aaron also started racing because of someone else in his life, his friend and fellow senior Matt Peine. Aaron’s favorite part was the work that he got to put into the cars. Along with all the work that these guys put into making their cars perfect for the big day comes the heavy financial aspect of the situation. Aaron thinks the money is worth it, “Well you have to have a certain fuel injector and fuel pump and those can get kind of expensive, plus the entry fee which is usually about fifty dollars and you don’t get that much money back, even if you do win. But it’s still a lot of fun to compete.” Donavin has a bit of a different perspective on the money matter, “The competitions are great and I get to hit a whole bunch of other cars and just pretty much go crazy, but the money that you have to spend really does stink. Especially after the race when you have to replace all of the parts on the car that got broken during the race if you ever do plan to use it again.” And so, even though summer has come to an end and the school year has officially started, these seniors are still working on their cars and getting them ready for future events: Donavin’s compact demolition derby and Aaron’s 80’s and newer demolition derby, next summer.