On your mark, get set, Go!
The granddaddy of all inertia motor-sports - The All-American Soap Box Derby - makes its formal Long Beach racing debut, Aug 23-24 alongside the Queen Mary from 10AM-4PM each day. Admission to the Soap Box Derby is free, but does not include access to the ship. Parking is $15.
A special track will be installed adjacent to the ship and is designed to propel young racers ages 7-17, as they compete in homemade, non-motorized cars for scholarships and other prizes.
The gravity-fueled cars will run in several classes, including a novice class reserved for first-time competitors. This will be very first All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD) and California Family Soap Box Derby Association (CFSBDA) sanctioned rally race in Long Beach, Calif.
The Queen's Cup will attract first time builders, veteran racers and youngsters from area clubs and associations. All entrants are welcome and there is no cost for first time racers to compete.
The Soap Box Derby came to public attention as the Great Depression ravaged the country. Many competitors were newspaper boys and sponsored by their local paper. Some qualified to race at Akron where the Derby World Championships are still held each year.
The Queen's Cup event will see points awarded to those racers already on the Derby trail and hoping to make the trip to Akron for the big race. Just as important will be the opportunity for other first-time drivers to experience what it's like to compete in a racing car. Each driver will attend a pre-race clinic, be provided with a helmet and introduced to their machine as it sits atop an elevated platform. When the two-car raceway is set the starter will release the both cars - gravity does the rest and will launch the competitors towards the checkered flag.
The AASBD is a youth gravity racing program for boys and girls ages 8 through 17 years old which has run nationally since 1934. The goals of the program have not changed since it began - to teach youngsters the basic skills of workmanship, perseverance and the spirit of competition. World Championship finals are held in July of every year for both Rally and Local champions at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.
Visit the All-American Soap Box Derby website at www.aasbd.com for more information. For those interested in racing, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.