The seventh annual Shrine Demo Derby took place in Tonganoxie, Kansas on May 26, with 24 entries in three races.
The limited weld champion was Rob Heuer.
For the Sturgeon man, demo derbies are family time, because his son Trey Heuer races alongside his dad.
Rob said he became intrigued with the sport as a youngster, when his neighbor and cousin were competing. It was something he enjoyed. “I just loved it,” he said. “I ran several years before I won a race and started having some success. I didn’t play sports in school, but this was something I was really good at. I just loved it.”
Now he’s passed the demo derby “bug” onto his son, Trey. Rob considered retiring about four years ago, but when Trey showed an interest, he stuck with it. “For me and him, it’s a father-son deal. We spend some of the best time together. It’s so great.” In addition to Trey, Rob and his wife Kelli have another son, Jessie, and a daughter, Kyla, who is Trey’s twin.
Friendships are also something that Rob treasures with demo derby competitions. The drivers and their families know each other and get along well, he said. “No matter who wins, we’re going to shake hands and maybe drink a beer when we’re done. Winning is fun, but I’ve had some not so good runs, and still have had fun.”
This is the fourth year Rob has competed at the Shrine Demo Derby; he won the limited weld class in 2016. Rob’s car was a 1974 Cadillac that he ran last year as well. Rob was number 911; Trey’s car was number 119.