6 p.m., April 24)
Box Derby returns to Orléans after one year hiatus
By Fred Sherwin
soap box derby enthusiasts will no doubt be happy to learn
that the Orléans Soap Box Derby will be returning
on June 7 after a one year hiatus.
to scheduling issues last year's derby had to be cancelled,
a decision that was difficult to make for the event's
founder and lead organizer Carlos Condé.
had a lot going on last year between my son's soccer and
other commitments, so we weren't able to pull it off,
but we're back this year and everything seems to be coming
together," says Condé.
derby is once again being held on Orléans Boulevard
between Carriere Street and St. Joseph Boulevard.
is hoping for 60 participants, which is the ideal number
for a derby with only two lanes. It means that each particpant
will be able to race approximately every 30 minutes.
and prizes are up for grabs in four different divisions:
Participant (built from scratch or a stock kit; Hobby
(home built from a kit with some enhancements); Hobby
Pro (Karts with enhancements); and Open (Karts with major
is hoping for a mix of past particpants and newcomers,
who are either the younger siblings of past participants
or new to the sport altogether.
soap box derby race presents an excellent opportunity
for parents to work on a project with their son or daughter.
A basic kit is reasonably inexpensive at about $295 plus
shipping, and they are relatively easy to put together.
Used cars can also be purchased through the Orleans Soap
Box Derby website at www.orleanssoapbox.com,
which also has all the information you need to get started.
can range in age from eight years old to adults, who can
use the same karts as their children while competing in
a separate division.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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