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Anyone remember the Soap box derby?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dog Bite, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. Dog Bite

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    IMG_2399.JPG Great fun, before dots on a screen.
     
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    Yes it was cool . Never competed but as kids we built junky ones to roll down the hill with! A 2 x 4 for the front axle and either would steer with our legs or ropes to each end of the 2 x 4.
    Then we tried to rig an old Briggs and Stratton engine on one. it was problematic.

    I helped my niece build of of those little model cars they raced on a downhill track. I forget what they are called but you all are given identical parts to build a car.
    We won! I was in aerospace and the only unusual thing we did was I aligned the little axles to be perfectly parallel to each other with a digital caliper.
     
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    Yes it was and a great bonding time with Dad. We never won much but sure was fun
     
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    I’m pretty sure that was Pine Wood Derby. When I was involved I’m sure there was no such as digital calipers. We used a framing square
     
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    Some kids never grow up.

     
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    The yellow car on the left is being driven by a girl I went through grade school with. That year she beat all the boys. In 7-8 grade I was in love with her in spite of her racing record lol.
     
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    Pine Box Derby...as close as I ever got...won it though.
     
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    Excellent!
     
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    National championships were held in Akron, Ohio about 30 to 40 minutes from me.
     
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    I always liked the fast girls too.:D
     
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    I remember going to those when I was little. We had a perfect hill for it. They were gone in my town by the time I was old enough though.
     
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    They had one every summer in the town where my cousins lived. We always visited them at that time since school was out.
     
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    I helped a younger brother build/modify a car for three years. He got into the semifinals the last year.

    I entered the local Chevy store for the first time in my life to help him register. We were die-hard AMC fans. :)

    www.soapboxderby.org says they still exist.
     
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    Young son and I built a pinewood derby car, it was great fun, and a fun time in life for both of us.
     
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    It's still quite big in northern France. A village in the next valley to ours has an annual event. This video is from the last time we were there to see it.

     
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    It was originally a competition where a (youth) competitor could build and drive the fastest unpowered car given some very standard parts and other specifications. It quickly evolved into whose Dad could build the fastest car. IMO, it ruined the whole premise of the Soap Box Derby.
     
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    Then there was the Dad who hid an electromagnet in the nose of the car. When the steel gate dropped it launched his son’s car ahead of the others
    They almost got away with it
     
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    When I visit my sister in PDX, I always try to see the Adult Soapbox derby. I runs down Mt. Tabor and has lots of turns. Top speeds over 30 mph.

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