While many kids might be content to swim, play or simply slough off on their summer vacation, 12-year old Steven Scarbro Junior was chasing down a different kind of dream. On July 3rd, he participated in his first-ever demolition derby at the Peat Monster Mud Bogs in Morrison, Illinois.
Scarbro was nothing short of driven when it came down to the nuts and bolts of entering his first demolition derby. His first hurdle was finding an event that allowed 12-year olds to race. So he utilized his search engine skills and went on You Tube. A few keystrokes of “12 and under” led him to the Mud Bog races held in the western part of this state.
Scarbro’s next challenge was procuring a car that met the 12 and under event class standards. But, in true Chicago fashion, the kid has some connections. His late father, Steven Scarbro, is generally considered to be one of the best demolition derby drivers ever. So the younger Scarbro had plenty of his dad’s old friends, teammates, and colleagues ready to lend a hand as he began work on his 1997 4-cylinder Chevrolet Cavalier down at Bleuer Farms in Channahon.
Although his #40 “Killbillies” Cavalier was demo ready by July 3rd, its 12-year old driver still needed a lift out to Morrison for his big event. Scarbro said that many members of the Orange Crush team were able to escort him out there and cheer him on at his very first demolition derby.
Scarbro might have been ready to face the challenge head on but he met with some tough resistance from many of the local youths. He theorized that it was his Lincoln bumper. Or, it could have been his large contingent of fans. Either way, the other 12 and under demo drivers were gunning for Scarbro’s silver car. After absorbing his first hit, he told himself “ you just gotta keep going” and took out a few cars of his own.
Scarbro recently stated on Facebook that he is “living up to the Steven Scarbro” name and he’ll have another chance to drive this point home on Saturday, September 3rd. That’s when he makes a return trip out to Morrison Mud Bogs with his mom at the wheel. Scarbro will be taking on all challengers in a 1997 4-cylinder Ford Tempo with a red and white “Road Rage” color scheme. Since he’s representing one of his dad’s old demo teams, it’s only fitting that he uses the same #1 as the senior Scarbro.
Located about 130 miles west of Chicago, Morrison is an easy drive straight on Route 88. Saturday’s Mud Bogs begin at 11am followed by drags and demolition derbies. There is a $10 gate fee and attendees can bring their own beer. No glass containers are allowed.