One last thrill

If this is the final show, Bob Hanna wants to go out with some style.

That means plenty of stunts and enough fire and crashes to captivate a grandstand full of thrill-seekers.

Going by the stage name of Dusty Russell, one he's used for more than six decades of thrill shows, he promises that the Sept. 10 auto daredevil show at the Clallam County Fairgrounds is his last one.

Is this a Brett Favre-like "retirement" or really the last one?

"I really think so," Hanna says. "I've been after it (promoting the show) for the last five months. Hopefully I'll get a full grandstand."

On tap are the usual crowd-pleasers, from motorcyclists crashing through burning wooden walls to car drivers flipping their vehicles for a trophy in the Allform Welding Crash Roll Contest.

Sequim's own Dennis Sutton is signed up to perform the dive bomber, launching Sutton and car about 100 feet off a ramp into a bed

of mutilated, used stunt cars.

Then there's the drop. Suspended 150 feet in the air thanks to a crane, an as-yet unnamed stunt daredevil drops into a stack of vans. Hanna has some extra protection for whoever performs the drop. That daredevil will be positioned in the back seat with a mattress, plus they'll have three layers of a special foam material Hanna found from a company in Oregon.

Hanna found out about the material after talking with stuntman Tyler Moore after Moore was injured at the Port Angeles Speedway stunt show on July 30.

Hanna is scheduling a benefit for the local Boys & Girls Club at the show, along with visits from local speedboat and roller derby clubs. Show organizers are planning more than $1,500 worth of give-aways.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and rock band Chantilly Lace opens the festivities at 6:30 p.m., a precursor to 20 stunts many have called death-defying.

And that's the way Hanna likes it.

"My favorite rock band, Bon Jovi, has a song with the lyrics: 'It's my life, it's now or never, I ain't gonna live forever, I just want to live while I'm alive.' That should be your motto for almost anything."

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