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Demolition Derby is an activity in Saints Row and Saints Row 2.

Compete in an eight car demolition derby and destroy your opponents' cars to earn cash and respect.
— Demo Derby introduction in Saints Row 2[1]


Boost-unlock demo derby

Vehicle unlock screen

Unlike other activities, this activity does not take place in the city, but within an enclosed Arena.

Each round begins with an announcer counting down from 3, after this the derby starts. There is no time limit, but if all other cars are destroyed before meeting the quota of that round, the round automatically fails.

The location of other cars in the arena is indicated on the mini map as blue dots in Saints Row[2] and as red dots in Saints Row 2[3].

The demo derby vehicle is always equipped with nitrous, which causes greater damage. After nitrous is used, it takes time for it to recharge.

Saints RowEdit

There is only one location for Demolition Derby, which is the Ultor Dome in the Arena District.

In Saints Row, the car is selected at random between Rampage and Ruckus. There is a set number of cars which must be destroyed per round, and the round ends immediately after destroying the required number of cars, even if other cars are still driving.

If damage is done to another car, but another vehicle delivers the killing blow, no points are earned.

The number of cars destroyed is displayed on the HUD, along with the number of opponents remaining.


Garry: "Are you crazy man? The derby is about to start, if you're just standing around out here you could get really hurt..."
Garry: "Woo!"
Garry's car is knocked out of the way, by his brother.
(Other) Garry: "Don't mind my brother, he's just bein' a pussy. Hop in a car man...there ain't nothin' better than smashing cars for money."
Demo Derby Crash Course CUTSCENES 0371
— The Garry[4] Brothers in the Crash Course cutscene.

The subtitles file refers to both brothers as Garry. It is unknown if this is an error, if it is their surname, or if they both really are just named Garry.


Both derby cars are customizable at the Car Mechanic. Visiting the mechanic automatically replaces the unique worn defense to new metal parts, the color of these parts are changed via the Trims menu, but cannot ever be changed back to the original look.

Saints Row 2Edit

There is only one location for Demolition Derby, which is Culex Stadium at Stilwater University, in the University District.

In Saints Row 2, there are 4 cars to choose from: Ruckus, Frenzy, Rumble, and Rampage. Between each round, upgrades are available for each car to increase speed, defense and attacks.

There is a set amount of money which must be earned per level, by the amount of damage done to vehicles. The round ends after passing that specified amount of cash, even if other cars still driving.


Carl: "Don't bother signin' up."
The Protagonist: "Excuse me?"
Carl: "You're thinkin' 'bout signin' up for that there demo derby...and I'm tellin' ya not to bother."
The Protagonist: "Who the fuck do you think you are?"
Carl: "No need to get salty, I'm just tellin' it like it is...I'm gonna win that derby, and there ain't shit you can do about it..."
The Protagonist: "Looks like we'll find out, won't we..."
— "University District Fight Club" Cutscene

Easy upgradesEdit

There is an Easy Demolition Derby Easter Egg in Saints Row 2.

  • On the Demolition Derby car selection screen:
  • Rotate the car 180 degrees clockwise so the car is facing backwards
    • If the car is not not fully turned, this may still work
    • Rotating the car anti-clockwise does not work
  • Set each slider to level 2
  • Choosing "Enter Derby" as normal displays the message "You don't have enough derby points"
  • Holding down Crouch + Sprint when choosing "Enter Derby" starts the derby with the chosen upgrades.


Level Upgrades Health Cash Respect Required Score Opponents Opponents Offense Opponents Defense Opponents Speed
1 1 100% $100 5000 15000 7x 0 0 0
2 2 95% $250 6000 17500 3x
3 3 90% $500 7500 20000 2x
4 5 85% $1000 9000 22500 3x
5 7 80% $2500 11000 25000 3x
6 9 75% $5000 14000 30000 7x 2 2 2
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Bonus Derby Icon

Special DerbyEdit

Win bonus demolition derbies to earn cash.
Special Derby introduction[5]

After completing the normal Derby, a Bonus Derby is unlocked, with a marker near the original location. There is a choice of Derby type, as well as a choice of cars of each type. There is no reward for completing the Bonus Derby.

Name Class Damage Scale Vehicle Choices
Monster Truck Derby Monster Trucks 1.2 Atlasbreaker
Jackass Derby Golf Carts 4.5 Knoxville
Gas Guzzler Derby SUVs 1.0 Swindle, Nordberg, Alaskan, Mag
18-Wheeler Derby Semi Trucks 1.0 Peterliner
Overcompensating Derby Sports Cars 4.0 Attrazione, Zenith, Vortex, Bezier, Superiore
Detroit Derby Muscle Cars 1.0 Hammerhead, Bootlegger, La Fuerza, Phoenix
Redneck Derby Farm Equipment 3.0 Kent
Donovan's Derby Short Bus 1.25 DonoVan
Construction Derby Dozers .25 Bulldozer, Backhoe
Metermaid Derby Metermaid 10 Quota
Delicious Derby O-Ring 2.0 Oring
Dookie Derby Septic 1.5 Septic Avenger
Unused: Trail Blazing Derby ATV Toad
Unused: Pocket Rocket Derby Motorcycle Sabretooth, Sandstorm, Kaneda, Widowmaker, Tetsuo, Kenshin, Shard, Melbourne


  • Unlock screen for Mechanic Discount
  • Unlock screen for Mechanic Discount

The unlockables vehicles are defined as:

  • Ruckus - derby_03_lvl3 variant
  • Frenzy - derby_12_lvl3 variant
  • Rumble - derby_13_lvl3 variant
  • Rampage - derby_04_lvl3 variant

However, there are no "lvl3" variants, so a random variant of each is unlocked instead. Each variant comes with full offensive and defensive equipment, which cannot be changed. Each variant also comes with the speed upgrade equipment, which can be changed.

All unlockable derby cars are customizable at the Car Mechanic. Visiting the mechanic automatically replaces the unique worn defense to new metal parts, the color of these parts are changed via the Trims menu, but cannot ever be changed back to the original look.


  • There are no spectators in the audience.
  • In Saints Row 2, there is an explosion bonus for being the last car to hit another car, regardless of whether it explodes on impact or minutes later.
  • In Saints Row, in the introductory cut-scene, the two brothers wear helmets. However, none of the drivers wear a helmet throughout the entire activity.
  • The Rumble is the only derby vehicle which is not based on an in-game vehicle; the Frenzy is a Voyage, the Rampage is a Destiny and the Ruckus is a Cavallaro.
  • In Saints Row, it is sometimes possible to leave the vehicle when it is on fire, but it is impossible to use weapons or enter any other vehicles and the activity still ends when the car explodes.[6]
  • It is possible to push other cars off the map. This sometimes happen when driving onto a car that is next to the wall with the Car Mass Hole cheat on. This can also happen if a car smashes into another car so hard they fly out of the arena, as they fall through the floor a few seconds later. If this happens, the car teleports back.
  • The Redneck Derby is the only appearance of a non-Reward Kent.
  • In Saints Row 2, sometimes when driving around with female gang followers, they may say "Why am I not surprised you used to run in a demolition derby?" when The Protagonist drives recklessly
  • Though there is no Demolition Derby in Saints Row: The Third, sometimes when driving in a car with female Saint gang follower, they may say "This ain't no demo derby." when The Protagonist drives recklessly.
  • The "Jackass Derby", and the Knoxville itself, are named after television show Jackass and Johnny Knoxville. In Jackass: The Movie, Knoxville and others destroy a miniature golf course using golf carts.
  • In Saints Row 2, the exit points for Demolition Derby and Special Derby are reversed, resulting in The Protagonist standing in the wrong marker after exiting.


  • Garry in the Crash Course cutscene
  • Garry's brother Garry in the Crash Course cutscene
  • Carl in Saints Row 2
  • Poster in-game in Saints Row 2
  • Poster image from Saints Row 2
  • Demo Derby instructions 1
  • Demo Derby instructions 2
  • Mechanic Discount 1 unlocked
  • Mechanic Discount 2 unlocked
  • Demo Derby Vehicles unlocked
  • Bonus Derby instructions
  • Monster Truck Bonus Derby
  • Jackass Bonus Derby
  • Gas Guzzler Bonus Derby
  • 18 Wheeler Bonus Derby
  • Overcompensating Bonus Derby
  • Detroit Bonus Derby
  • Redneck Bonus Derby
  • Donovan's Bonus Derby
  • Construction Bonus Derby
  • Metermaid Bonus Derby
  • Delicious Bonus Derby
  • Dookie Bonus Derby
  • Unused "ui hud recruit misc derby" Homie head


  1. Image:
    Demo Derby tutorial in Saints Row 2 - compete

    Demo Derby introduction in Saints Row 2

  2. Image:
    Demolition Derby - opponents marked as blue dots

    opponents marked as blue dots in Saints Row

  3. Image:
    Demo Derby in Saints Row 2 - ramming a vehicle with Rumble

    opponents marked as red dots in Saints Row 2

  4. Note: The name comes from the game data files
  5. Image:
    Bonus Derby tutorial in Saints Row 2

    Bonus Derby instructions

  6. Note: See Talk:Demolition Derby
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