(219) 363-8896 P.O. BOX 245 LA PORTE,
DRIVER AND MECHANICS HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO READ THE RULES
The rules and
/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly
conduct of the events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements of such
events. The Combine Demolition Derby is
promoted as an unusual spectator attraction. To ensure safety, Drivers and Mechanics are subject to and must obey
the following rules and regulations which are set up by the promoter and the
track where this event is being held:
meeting will be held before the event to ensure all participants understand the
event and all questions can be discussed.
- Drivers must be at least 18 years
- Drivers must wear a helmet and
some type of eye protection.
- All combines must have an
operating seat belt system.
- Alcohol is strictly prohibited in
the pit area.
- Each Combine must make contact
with another Combine within 3 minutes or be disqualified.
- No direct hits to the driver’s
area of the Combine.
- All Combines must be inspected
and approved by officials prior to show time.
- No two way radio contact with
- Driver must stop Combine upon
lifting another Combine off its wheels to prevent roll over.
- All Combines must have a number
or name painted on both sides for identification.
- When competing in the arena, a
driver must continue to make aggressive contact.
At the start
of the event all participants will be brought out on the track and judged by
the audience and the officials.
Derby will consist of 2 – 4 heats (depending on # of entries), a consolations
heat (if necessary), and the main event.
Each heat will
be 20 minutes in duration, except for the Main Event.
There will be
an intermission before the final heat, allowing Drivers and Crew member to make
If a regular
heat exceeds 20 minutes in duration and there are more than two combines left
running the officials will make the selection of the final two for advancement
to the main event.
- All heat winners will receive
heat money and a trophy.
- 1st – 2nd-&
3rd place Feature winners will receive money and a trophy.
- If gas tank is in exposed area it
must be removed. Gas tank must be moved to be on top of combine or in the
hopper/grain tank and securely mounted (original gas tank or small tank
may be used). Maximum 10 gallon fuel tank.
- Combine must use a grain table
platform that is fixed at 18” from the ground. Loss of platform will
result in disqualification from the competition.
- Any sharp or protruding item must
be flattened or removed.
- Unloading auger and choppers are
to be removed. Separator must in inoperable.
- Corn heads and row crop heads are
not considered grain tables and are not acceptable. No strapping or reinforcing
- Tires may be filled with air
only. No water, no foam, no duals and no calcium chloride filled tire.
- Batteries must be secured in a
safe area such as the grain tank or engine compartment. Batteries must
also be covered.
- All glass must be removed from
the cab area.
- All Combines must have a
reinforced cab or roll cage and be 2 wheel drive. Driver’s door must be
welded or chained shut. A type of safety bar or shield should be added to
the front of the cab area for driver protection.
- Rub bars may be installed around
side mounted radiators covering radiator area only.
- Drive belts, hydro line and
steering cylinder may have light reinforcement/protection.
- On side mounted engines rub bars
may be used to protect the carburetor, limited to carburetor only.
- There will be reinforcement of
the rear axle except for repair on a pre-ran Combine.
- Rear axle can be shortened, no
braces between rear axle and frame. No bracing allowed around rear wheels.
1” angle iron allowed on steering arms.
- Holes may be cut in the grain
tanks to help rear visibility.
- Any medal used to do basic
repairs and/or to insure personal safety should be limited to 2x2x1/4 in.
- No concrete in the platform
- No well casing can be used for
- A flag will be positioned on the
combine, which should be pulled by the driver when the combine is out of
of the judges are final! The judges may, but are not required to, impose a
warning prior to a disqualification. If a warning is imposed, a driver will be
allowed one warning per heat, at the discretion of the judges. A driver
receiving two warning in a heat will be disqualified from that heat. Driver will
be allowed to participate in his next heat at the discretion of the judges.
a list of common reasons for disqualifications, but this list is not intended
to be exhaustive, and there may be other grounds for disqualification:
o A driver may be disqualified for
pushing or pulling a combine outside of the barriers lining the arena.
o High speed ramming is not allowed.
o Two or more combines locked together
must attempt to separate within the three-minute time limit or risk
o Losing your header is cause for
disqualification. The judges will decide when a header is off or partially off,
and will require the driver to remove his/her flag.
o Excessive speed, unsafe or reckless
driving, as determined by the judges.
o Poor sportsmanship will not be
tolerated and may result in disqualification.