September 13, 2011
Members of the Arizona Lawn Mowers Racing Association wowed the crowd at Sunday’s Demolition Derby.
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With their legendary drive and trucks built for punishment, it’s no surprise the boys from Phoenix won first place for both the truck and car Demolition Derby on Sunday at the Payson Event Center. What did surprise and please the crowd was the commitment displayed by “Freaky Freddy” Collins. He’s a local who works part-time as a cook at Denny’s, sings Louis Armstrong during karaoke at the Buffalo Bar and drives in the truck derby every year. He’s got his heart in the fight. That heart won him the Best Local Driver trophy along with prize money for coming in second place and winning the Most Aggressive Driver prize in the truck derby. A fact: Payson is the first town to hold a truck derby. Now, it’s a beloved locals event.