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IB Fireman, Carlos Marin, Shares Experience of Driving in Demolition Derby at Fair

Jun 10, 2015 02:40PM ● By Paul Spear

Imperial Beach Fireman, Carlos Marin, Shares Experience with us on driving in Demolition Derby at the San Diego County Fair last Sunday.

Here is what Carlos had to share: "Got placed in the 3rd heat. When I was given the order to start and enter the arena, my car would not start. My crew ran down from the stadium seating to help. I was given a 2 minute warning to get my car running. Somehow, my car had managed to have an 

 electrical failure in the 5 minutes I was sitting there. My amazing crew which consisted of crew chief Kevin Nieto and mechanic Matt Henry managed to somehow get my car started just prior to being disqualified. The first heat was a battle. I was one of the last cars remaining when a heavy hit on my passenger side door caused my car to shut off and not want to restart. I was able to troubleshoot the problem and get my car running only to realize that my engine bay was on fire. I shut down my car and had to exit the heat."

"In the last chance qualifier, we battled hard but unfortunately got stuck on another car and against another car which unfortunately eliminated all 3 cars from the show. Still had a great time."

Proceeds from the Demolition Derby benefited the San Diego Burn Institute.

Thank you to IB Fireman Carlos Marin for providing story and pictures!

Bodyworks Collision, Owned by local resident Liisa Thomas, did a lot of the work to get the cars ready for the derby including the paint jobs for both the Imperial Beach Fire Department and the Imperial Beach Lifeguards who ran a car in the derby as well.

The Imperial Beach South Bay Kiwanis sponsored the IB Lifeguards car this year after sponsoring the IB Fire Department last year.

The IB Kiwanis are currently working on a project for the San Diego Burn Institute:

“Camp Beyond the Scars”. This camp provides children, ages 5 to 17, who have been victims of burns camp with other children who have been victims of burns. The Kiwanis are collecting: 

-Waterproof Sunscreen (no oil base)

-Hand Sanitizer

-Chap stick (with SPF)


-Tooth paste


-loofa or (loofah) spelled both ways


After they are collected the Kiwanis will prepare 80 individual bag for the campers.

On July 7th the Imperial Beach Woman's Club will be joining with the Kiwanis to make 80 bags with all the items in it for the campers.

If you are interested in donating financially, you can mail a check to: Kiwanis P.O Box 1146, Imperial Beach, Ca 91933 - Please indicate the program you want it to go towards.

If you have supplier that you wish to donate you can contact Pastor Jones of St James Church at or myself, Paul Spear at 619-413-0280 or

If you are interested in contacting the SD Burn Institute, they can be reached at:

Brittany Herrin

Community Outreach Specialist/Burn Survivor Support Coordinator

8825 Aero Drive, #200

San Diego, CA  92123

858.541.2277 ext. 23

Thank you to the fire fighters and donors throughout
our community who support our programs and services

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