10:30 a.m., June 11)
Soap Box Derby continues to grow in popularity
By Fred Sherwin
One of the competitors in this year's Orleans
Soap Box Derby sets out down the course. This
year's Derby attracted over 65 participants.
growing in popularity over the past seven years, the Orléans
Soap Box Derby maybe in need of a major expansion possibly
going from a day long race to a weekend festival.
a full field of over 65 competitors taking part in this
year's derby, the event has reached the point where they
can't accept any more entries withour expanding to second.
something that we have thought about and we are exploring,"
says co-organizer Carlos Conde. "We'd like to bring
in a lot more schools and more youth organizations like
the Boy Scouts."
year's event went off without a hitch as 67 entries competed
in four different categories.
Rodgers took home first place honours in the Participation
Class, while Matthew Bracewell won the Hobby Class and
Jordan Reside captured the top spot in the Open category.
the main event of the day, Anthony Carriere from Orléans
successfully defended his title in the Hobby Pro Class.
year's event also featured the Councillors Cup in which
Orléans Ward Coun. Bob Monette tried to repeat his success
in last year's inaugural race, and although Monette did
defeat mayor Jim Watson in their heat, it was Cumberland
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais who made it down the hill the
ahead to nect year, Conde says the prganizers are going
to try to bring in a more activities for the kids, both
non-racers an racers alike.
like to turn the area up on the hlll into a real Kids
Zone with more activities and different things to do during
the whole day," says Conde.
hundred racing fans took advantage of the perfect weather
to cheer on their favourite Soap Box Derby car and see
what th event is all about.
Orléans Soap Box Derby has become a real family affair
with parents helping out as car builders, mechanics and
of the cars are built from kits costing $350-$380. Once
the kit is put together and painted, there is very little
that's needed in terms of maintenance, beyond fine-tuning
year's event was accident free and everyone went home
safe and sound with a smile on their face and plenty of
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson got off to a good
start against Orleans Ward Coun. Bob Monette
in the Councillors Cup, but ultimately lost
after he veeered into Monette's lane. Fred
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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