Tiger Woods dummy wins Vail derby
Ryan Summerlin December 10, 2009
VAIL, Colorado – Tiger Woods crashed again Thursday night.
The winner of the Dummy Demolition Derby at Golden Peak was a Cadillac Escalade with a fake Tiger Woods at the wheel.
A group of Arrabelle employees took home first place bragging rights – and $5,000 – for their golfer-inspired sled, complete with girlfriends in the windows.
“We choose the Tiger Woods idea because it was a current celebrity issue that everyone could relate to,” team captain David Wieder said.
Sixteen teams competed in the demolition derby, which has been a fixture of Vail Snow Daze for four years.
More than 700 people braved frigid temperatures to watch dummy-driven contraptions ski down a slope, launch off a 15-foot jump, fly through flames and crash spectacularly.
Second place was a tie between two teams. One was a Batman-inspired mobile from the team “Go Bigger.” Greg Cummings was listed as the captain of the team.
The other second-place team was a late arrival due to traffic on Vail Pass. Team “Dummy Nation” sported the tallest dummy in the competition,and after some assistance from spectators to get the team’s catapult up the hill, the dummy from Boulder showed it was better late than never. The second-place teams each won $1,125.
Judges rated the dummies on creativity, quality of air, quality of the crash and crowd response. Judges included Adam Sutner, sales and marketing director for Vail Resorts, Tony Mauro, general manager of KZYR, and Vail Daily Marketing Director Mark Bricklin.
For the first time in dummy competition history, the event was held at night under lights, instead of during the day. A crew from Two Elk Lodge provided chili for the crowd. Once fireworks marked the end of the event, many people headed to a free Eve 6 concert in Vail Village.
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