Soapbox derby kits available - Jul. 25, 2014
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Last year’s soapbox derby featured 34 cars. Kits are available for entrants who wish to join the fun of the Aug. 10 event.
Despite some past uncertainty over the location, the MechMuffler Soapbox Derby will give kids an opportunity to speed down Hawthorne Street for the second straight year.
Held in conjunction with International Homecoming Festival, the derby will take place on Sunday, Aug. 10.
“The Town has worked with us so that we can do that again this year,” said organizer Chrissy McGregor of the Hawthorne St. location. “It’s a better incline, so it works well.”
More than 40 kids participated in last year’s inaugural derby, which featured 34 cars.
Kits can be picked up at MechMuffler leading up to the event; McGregor added that kits from last year can be used again.
“Or they could even take the car part apart and rebuild it to make a completely different car,” she said.
“We have a couple left (at MechMuffler); by the end of the week we’ll have some more.”
Those taking part in the derby are asked to stick with the kit, in an effort to regulate the race and its safety.
“We want everyone to start with the kit, for safety, these kits have been made the same since the 80s,” said McGregor.
There were no accidents or crashes to be concerned about from last year’s event, and McGregor doesn’t anticipate as much happening this year.
There was only one real issue, said her husband, Shane, who helps organize the event.
“Getting the cars back up the hill is definitely an issue,” he said. “We want to try and keep it going at a steady pace this year.”
Again this year, it will begin at the intersection of Hawthorne and Union St. There will be three age groups: 6-8, 9-11, and 12-14.
Trophies will be handed out for first, second and third place winners.
“The little ones might feel intimidated if they’re racing against some of those (older) kids,” noted McGregor.
The race itself will start at 11 a.m., but McGregor said drivers should arrive at 9:30 in order to have cars checked, ensuring everything is safe and ready to go.