PLANT CITY – Hundreds of spectators are expected for an annual event where old cars are intentionally destroyed – in the name of entertainment.
It’s undoubtedly one of the more unusual ways to have fun.
The 32nd annual Bill Thompson’s Car Blow starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at “Big” Rick Bliss’ 16-acre spread at 3940 E. Knights Griffin Road.
Bliss, Thompson and friends will drain the coolant from old cars, cut the fan belts and set the throttles to wide open. The engines run until they blow up, often tossing car parts.
The cars remain stationary and spectators have to stand back for their own safety.
“It’s kind of a dumb thing but hell, it’s fun to watch,” Bliss said.
Thompson founded the car blow and it moved to Bliss’ property after it outgrew its original venue.
Spectators wager how long each car will last until it blows. If the car runs more than eight minutes, the pot rolls over to the next vehicle. As much as $700 or $800 is wagered on each car, Bliss said.
Last year’s car blow drew more than 500 spectators.
There is no admission and free barbecue, hot dogs and marshmallows will be served as long as the food lasts. After the blow, there will be a karaoke contest with trophies for the best singers: male, female and couples.
Spectators should bring their own drinks, a covered dish and lawn chairs. Alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Barbecue is served at 7 p.m., and the first car blow starts at 8 p.m.
For information, call Bliss at (813) 754-1766.