California firefighters smash cars for fun and charity

  • Source: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
  • Published: 11/14/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Hayward firefighters caused a multi-car pileup on Saturday but it was no accident and it was all for a good cause. It all went down at the Good Guys car show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds during a benefit fundraiser with a twist -- and a grind and a crunch. They rumbled and rattled in from all over the Bay Area -- die-hard, first-responders braving this demolition derby competition, seeking the thrill of victory and, with luck, the coveted trophy which was basically a welded-together pile of car parts. "I think it takes all kinds of luck," said one driver with a laugh. "That's what it's all about -- luck!" First came the qualifying, with the 20-plus entrants trying to survive a figure-8 race where everyone soon meets in the middle, bumper-to-fender. This annual Pleasanton demolition derby is a fundraiser for the Hayward Firefighters Local 1909 charitable fund. "There's a lot of golf tournaments, a lot of stickball tournaments, a lot of softball tournaments," said Hayward firefighter Nicholas Stevens.


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