MALONE — For Jamie St. Mary, the demolition derby is much more than a hobby — it’s in his blood.
“My family has been doing it since 1969,” the Malone man said. “My grandfather (Leonard St. Mary) originally started around 1969. He did it for six (or) eight years, and then it moved on to my old man.
“He did it for like 25 years, and then my brother (Joey) and I and a bunch of our friends picked it up from there.”
This year marks the 17th that St. Mary, 32, has been participating in demolition derbies across the state, as well as in Canada, Vermont and Pennsylvania.
That includes the event at the Franklin County Fair in Malone, where Demolition Derby Finals are at 6 p.m. Monday.
Over the years, Jamie has made a lot of great memories, but none are more special than the times he spent with his father, Carl St. Mary, who died a few years ago.
“My old man was a big pusher for me to run (in) the sport,” he said. “Tons of memories … just an awesome time with everybody that derbies with me — but the biggest one is my old man.”
For Jamie, the process of getting ready for a derby event is extensive and requires a lot of time and effort. Sometimes, the search for the right car has even taken him on the road.
He bought seven vehicles in Columbia, S.C., last October.
“Then, I went on vacation to Myrtle Beach and picked up another one,” he said.
“It ranges as far as going to Ohio, so we travel.”
Once Jamie arrives home with the cars, the real work begins for him and his friends.
He and the rest of his Power Team crew got started on his derby entries for the Franklin County Fair in May.