GREENFIELD — A new resident of Hancock County, Mitchell Giere made his presence known Wednesday at the Hancock County 4-H Fair’s demolition derby.
Competing in the Gut-N-Go, the penultimate event of the night, Giere pulled off a move late in the race that wowed a capacity crowd under the lights at the Hancock County Fairgrounds.
After the nine-car Gut-N-Go had been trimmed to Giere and defending champion Alex McCracken of Bloomington, Giere was attempting to whip around the south side of the track and face up McCracken – only the car stalled and he ended up halfway on retaining wall.
“If you get on the wall and you get two of your four wheels straddling it – you’re not going anywhere. I think I only had one of the four,” said Giere, who recently moved to Hancock County from Mercer County, Ohio, an area about 50 miles southeast of Fort Wayne. “I’m teeter-tottering and when you teeter-totter, you can mash it and kind of rock it and pop back off.”
Giere flashed a smile.
“It was pure luck on that one,” he added.
Giere swung off the barrier and away from a potential finishing move from McCracken, and he eventually nailed down the victory. The recent college graduate enjoyed his first go-around in Greenfield.
“They have a good layout here with a good organization. They’ve got a good crew,” he said. “The fair itself is a decent size. I’m happy with it. It’s nice.”
Giere also operates a web site and YouTube channel called Demolition Missions, a site dedicated to all things demolition derby.
“We’re the world’s largest YouTube channel for derbies,” he said. “I travel around. Anything I’m not running in, I’ll film the whole event. If I am running, we’ll film from my car. I had an in-car camera in my car tonight, it’s pretty cool. We go all-out with video stuff.”
With Tuesday’s crashing and bashing cancelled due to inclement weather, all of the Fair’s scheduled demolition derby events took place Wednesday.
Nathan Coffey opened the night with a win the Lawn Mower division, outlasting runner-up and defending title-holder Zach ‘Radio’ Mathena.
Billy Woodward prevailed in the Enduro race, topping Steve Butler (second) and Allison Butler (third).
In the Full-Size competition, Chad Wilson prevailed in a 20-minute long battle, most of which was spent dueling with runner-up Will Rogers and bronze medalist Adam Conn, who was first a year ago.
Demolition Derby Winners
>>Wednesday, Hancock County Fairgrounds
Mowers: 1. Nathan Coffey; 2. Zach ‘Radio’ Mathena; 3. Daryl Oliver
Enduro: 1. Billy Woodward; 2. Steve Butler; 3. Allison Butler
Full-Size Derby: 1. Chad Wilson; 2. Will Rogers; 3. Adam Conn
Gut-N-Go: 1. Mitchell Giere; 2. Alex McCraken; 3. Jill Collins