Derby drivers compete in Smash Fest


Devin Hook, left, drives one of his teammates to have their derby car inspected before Smash Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. This was Team Hook’s first derby and they won in the chain-mail division. There were three divisions in the fest: chain, weld and compact.


Justin Harp, center, and his teammates attempt to get their derby car able to pass official inspection at Smash Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. The team’s car did not pass inspection and they did not compete in the derby.


A fan waves a race flag at Smash Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Derby drivers represented multiple towns in mid-Missouri, such as Moberly, Fulton and Centralia.


Frank Johns slams his derby car into a competitor at Smash Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Derby racing has been in the Johns family for three generations. Johns won his derby division.


A child puts his hands over his ears at Smash Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Spectators are monster truck rallies and derbies are exposed to noise levels from 95 to 100 decibels, according to the US Department of Health and Human services. Exposure to sounds that are 85 decibels or louder can increase risk of noise-induced hearing loss.


Smash Fest is a monster truck and derby race held in Moberly, Missouri. Derby cars slam into each other and the last car moving, wins. It is not about the appearance of the cars, but about their internal parts, like engines and transmissions.


This has been a topic that I have wanted to cover for years. I, honestly, had very different expectations about what I thought I was going to experience during the rally itself. However, the sources were very nice and willing to explain the sport and what goes into the event itself. I am usually very detail oriented when shooting, and I feel like this shoot doesn’t reflect that. The light also got really bad, really quickly but I think that I made the last two images work.