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Thunderslam coming to Civic Center next weekend

By Staff | Nov 15, 2013

If you’re the kind of person who watches car racing for the thrills and crashes, this might be the event for you.

The Lee Civic Center will host the Thunderslam Hardcore Demolition and Thrill Show Nov. 22-24 at the Motor Sport Dirt Arena on the grounds. And not only can you watch, but also be part of the action.

The event will help support numerous causes throughout the area, with a portion of the gate going to Special Populations and Invest in America in Cape Coral.

The event will feature hardcore demolition derbies, Monster Trucks, ATV racing, a quad soccer derby and racing, golf cart racing, FMX stunt flippers and more.

Rev Procknow, event coordinator, said he’s been working with monster motor sports for 30 years and has visited 17 countries.

The three days of live action kicks off Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m., with Veterans Thunder Night, where those who fought for our country will get discounts, ride the demo cars, a cut at the gate and more.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the festivities start at 2:30 p.m. and will run all day. It will feature “All-Day Hardcore Motorsports Action” where you can enter the demolition derby by registering at its Web site. There will also be contests for the ugliest truck, car and motorcycle.

But it will be the demolition derby that will be front and center, with a $6,500 top prize. You can drive a car, sponsor a car or donate a car to a community group.

Prochnow said the response to the demolition derby has been astounding.

“We wanted to do something with a different hook. We met so many people with experiences with demolition derbies,” Prochnow said. “For some of these elderly people it’s like reliving their childhood.”

Invest in America has a car in the derby, as does the Special Pops, with people signing and supporting the cars with money.

Sunday, Nov. 24, will be family day, also starting at 2:30 p.m., with a piece of the action supporting the Guardian Angels for Special Populations in Cape Coral. Kids 12 and under will also receive a special gift.

“I am very passionate about Special Pops. I adopted a boy 18 years ago and once I got involved with them, I’ve been everything from SpongeBob to Santa Claus,” Prochnow said. “Every time they need something I jump on board.”

Gates open 90 minutes prior to the start of the show.

The weekend will feature the East Fort Myers Rotary Club’s fourth-annual Caloosa Cookoff, featuring contests for the best chili and barbecue.

The event is also expected to feature appearances from “Amazing Race” contestants Rob and Kelley, and from wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler, who will host and drive in the celebrity challenge demolition.

“Any time we have some community event or some foundation, Jerry is the first one who will help out,” Prochnow said.

VIP seating is $25. Adult general admission is $20, and children age 3 to 12 is $12. Three-day passes are $32.