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Lets go gravity racing.

May 13, 2011 - Michael Palmer
So you wanna race cars like Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart, but there's a couple of problems. You don't have a car and you don't have a license. Well, why not try soap box racing?

The Soap Box Derby got its start during the Great Depression in Dayton, Ohio.

Since then the Soap Box Derby has been teaching kids basic skills of workmanship and craftsmanship, the satisfaction of perseverance, the thrill of competition, the pride of tradition and most importantly, the spirit of sportsmanship in a fun family environment.

It's one of the last true competitive sports left where anybody can win, but with the changing economy, and kids spending more time playing video games and other sports, participation in the 'old-fashioned' form of racing competition has dwindled.

While it may be a disappearing part of Americana elsewhere, locally we have two opportunities for local children to get involved in this sport.

In both Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville there are races and with a generous stable of cars with sponsors it is a very affordable family activity.

With the addition of the Super Kids race there is an opportunity for children with physical disabilities to race. I am disappointed that last year there were no takers and just one has signed up for the Martins Ferry Super Kids race.

I hope some one involved with local Special Olympics or other organizations will get involved and get a whole flight of racers for the event this year.

The St. Clairsville race is scheduled for Saturday June 4 and the Martins Ferry race for Sunday June 12. If you do not a have child of race age, maybe you can help out with a car by being member of a pit crew or a race day volunteer.

If not, why not just come out and watch a few races. There is no charge for spectators.

Boogity, Boogity, Boogity! Let's Go Soap Box Derby Racing Boys!!


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