What to bring

What to bring to a Demolition Derby

The short answer: as much as you can.

To start with, a list of supplies / tools:

  • 5 gallons of water
  • 3-4 gallons of gas in a jerry can
  • a case of cheap motor oil
  • brake fluid
  • complete set of wrenches, ratchets and screwdrivers
  • a big sledge hammer (6-8 lbs)
  • a long prying device (6'+)
  • electrical wire and tape
  • an axe or cold chisel for emergency body repairs
  • fire extinguisher, if not already required by the rules
  • good quality bumper jack, such as a "Jack-All"
  • cutting torches, if you got 'em
  • a couple rolls of duct tape
Don't bother bringing transmission fluid-- motor oil works just fine in any kind of tranny, at least for a short period of time.

A comprehensive list of spare parts is essential, but not always possible. I have listed the desirable parts in order of their importance:

  • at least two spare tires
  • spare fan belts
  • spare battery
  • spare radiator
  • spare starter
From here on, anything is a bonus. Some people go whole hog and bring spare carburetors, distributors, fuel pumps, steering pumps, etc. One guy I know blew a transmission in the first heat, and had a replacement installed within 45 minutes!


  • a cooler full of pop, juice, water, sandwiches and snacks
  • folding lawn chairs
  • helmets are usually mandatory, but steel toe boots and long sleeved shirts are also a good idea
  • portable tunes
  • I've always wanted to try out the in-helmet communicators snowmobilers and motorcyclists use. Many times my friends have told me after the race, "Man, you should've done such 'n such," but it's hard to tell when you're out there. With the communicators, my buddies could spot for me from the stands.