a.m., June 9)
Orléans Soap Box Derby continues to gain in popularity
By Fred Sherwin
Levesque front poses with his new friend Dominic Lavalée from Laval after
the two youngsters came in first place in their respective classes at the
Orléans Soap Box Derby on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Soap Box Derby has been in existence for four years now and for the fourth
straight year the event was blessed with near perfect weather which made
for some great racing as nearly 60 participants took part in this year's
More than half
the entries were from the east end, including a number of returnees, which
bodes well for the future of the derby.
note is the fact that there were several first time entries as well, which
means there is still plenty of room for growth.
The first time
racers are lumped toigather in the Participation class which this year was
won by 10-year-old Dominic Levesque from Orléans.
The idea to build
a car and participate in the race was hatched when Levesque brought a flyer
home from school about three weeks ago.
the flyer home and said Dad I really want to do this, so it went from there,"
says Sylvain Levesque. "I did most of the work. My wife did the letter
and my father-in-law did the brakes so it was a real family affair."
didn't finish getting the car ready until about 8:30 p.m. the night before
the race. After a tense first run, the family was finally able to relax
a little bit.
When asked what
his secret was, Dominic replied matter of factly, "Ducking my head."
to do it again next year. It's a lot fun when you go down the hill. It's
really fast," said Levesque.
Besides the excitement
of racing, the Soap Box Derby also allows the kids a chance to make friends
with other racers. Levesque met 10-year-old Laval resident Dominic Lavalée
during the competition and the two became instant friends.
Lavalée has been
doing the Soap Box Derby circuit in Quebec and Eastern Ontario for the past
two years. His father Jacques says the family goes to about 10 to 15 competitions
it. It's a great family activity and you meet a lot of really great people.
We go to a competition at least once every weekend. It's a great way to
bond with your kid and it gives you something you can do together,"
says the elder Lavalée.
Along with the
trophies for the various classes, the organizers also gave a trophy out
for Best School Spirit which this year was won by Rockland Public School.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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