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Lang survives to claim the Mullum Show smash-up derby

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Nathan was behind of wheel of the Toyota number 69 (in yellow) that went on to be the last survivor and winner of the 2017 smash-up derby. Photo www.lmgphotography.com.au
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Nathan Lang from Chincogan Mechanical has won this year’s Mullumbimby Show smash-up derby in a turn-of-the-century Toyota Camry.

It is the third year that Nathan has had a go at winning the event, and he was up against at least nine other cars on Sunday afternoon at the Mullumbimby Showground arena.

Nathan put his success down to being hungrier than his opponents on the day,
he said.

‘I just wanted to win, I wanted the $600 prizemoney,’ he said.

Nathan was driving a Toyota Camry that was at least 17 years old. He had it delivered from the wreckers and to make it compliant took out all the glass and other bits and pieces from inside the cabin.

The fuel tank also had to be moved to inside the cabin.

The other major rule is that cars must travel in reverse for the derby.

Otherwise anyone with a car licence can enter, he said.

Winning wasn’t about having a strategy to dodge or attack, but just adapting to what was in front of you.

‘I did a bit of everything, whatever I had to get through,’ he said.

He came out of the event with the blue ribbon, but no bumps and bruises.

‘It was exciting, awesome,’ and he will definitely be back next year to defend his title, he said.

Have a go if you are up for it. .‘Just do it. It is  a lot of fun,’ he said.

 


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