June 15, 1995 |
Twenty-seven m.p.h. might not sound fast, but if you're a kid tearing down a steep hill in a homemade racer, it feels like a hundred. That's the thrill of the All-American Soap Box Derby, which comes to Ventura on Sunday. The young drivers will be racing down Hillmont Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. The stakes are high. The winners go to Akron, Ohio, for the world championship competition Aug. 5.
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January 28, 1993 |
A cracked asphalt track heading nowhere in a field strewn with weeds is all that remains of a piece of Americana. Here, on private land near the intersection of Jamboree and Santiago Canyon roads, hundreds of spectators used to gather at Orange County's only soapbox derby track to watch their favorite peewee drivers whoosh by at unbelievable speeds. During the same period, as many as 60,000 fans regularly turned out for the national championships in Akron, Ohio. Then times changed.
July 5, 1992 |
When 11-year-old Mark Sanders Jr. rolls off the starting line in his prefabricated racer at the Southern California Championship Soap Box Derby race this weekend in Long Beach, he hopes to carry a family tradition to the finish line. Mark's dad still has the yellowed newspaper clipping showing him racing in a soapbox derby when he was Mark's age. The recent rejuvenation of the sport is allowing the younger Sanders to dream about doing something his father did.
August 21, 1991 |
Danny Garland of Studio City returned from a trip to the Midwest a little earlier than he anticipated last week. Nevertheless, it was a satisfying and rewarding excursion. Garland, 14, won the Master Division for ages 11-16 in the 54th All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships before a crowd of nearly 17,500 at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio, Aug. 10.
August 11, 1991
Danny Garland of Studio City, driving a car he started building last Christmas, won the Master Division of the 54th All-American Soap Box Derby on Saturday at Akron, Ohio. Garland, 14, won the 12-16 age division and posted the day's fastest time, covering the 953.75-foot course in 28.03 seconds in a qualifying race. Garland was awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for placing first.
November 4, 1990 |
What has four wheels, goes really fast, and leaves behind a trail of I suds? Actually, nothing. But soap box racers probably come closest to that description. See for yourself with Nickelodeon's Special Delivery: The All American Soap Box Derby, in which contestants ages 11 to 17 gather in Akron, Ohio, to race for scholarships and prizes. This year's winner was Sami Jones of Salem, Ore., with Danny Groth of Flint, Mich. taking second. The high-speed sports spectacular was taped Aug.