COSTA MESA — It was like a scene from a movie where drivers go at each other, hitting and crushing one another, but only this time, it was all real.
And the audience cheered, screamed, clapped and rooted for their favorite driver and car to win.
"You never really get to crush your own car, so you want to see other people do it," said Lori Galloway, who came to watch the Orange Crush Demolition Derby at the Orange County Fair with her husband for the fifth year in a row.
Twelve cars, including one that was auctioned off for a children's cause and another that was driven by a quadriplegic, crushed one another Saturday until only one remained standing. The winner, Eric Diggins of Laguna Beach, received $2,500.
Sunnyside Promotions puts on the event at the fair every year. The company got into the business more than 60 years ago and it hasn't gotten old yet, said Lisa Lenig, Sunnyside Promotions office manager and daughter of the company owner, Bob Basile.