Start your (soap box) engines

The “Soup” Box Derby will be back for another round Sept. 15. The sound of gravity-powered cars will return to First Street in downtown Langley that Saturday morning. All racing buffs need to get out their tools to start building their machines for the “Soup” Box Derby. Time to wipe the dust and grime off old racers and return them to their peak performance.

The racing staff and organizers, including Langley Community Club President Tucker Stevens, want all entrants to get started building their vehicles now. Or, at least start creative thinking about what sort of vehicle they want to slap together a day or two before the race day.

Here are some simple rules each entrant should keep in mind:

Vehicles must be able to stop in less than 200 feet with brakes and not human feet or hands.

Vehicles must be easily steered.

Drivers and riders must wear helmets and shoes.

Vehicles may only be gravity powered going downhill. (This rule doesn’t affect Peter Lawyor, since he needs to get his banana racer back to the starting line.)

If you lose a race or heat, you may ask again to race another racer or friend that beat yours.

There are three categories: children 7 and under; children 8-12 years of age; and 13 to 91 years old.

To emphasize the derby’s non-competitive nature, prizes will go to racers for a variety of reasons that have little to do with speed. Awards have been given out in the past for most recyclable entry, the most edible, the most ecological and also the fastest.

The name of the raceway will be changed from 1st Street to “Zippy Raceway” in honor of Zippy Leonard who spent many years with her family racing her dad’s creations. The track will be lined with hay bales which will have signs of the sponsors of the race.

Entry forms are available at Langley City Hall or the Langley Chamber of Commerce. The donation for each entry is $25. For more information, call Stevens at 221-4188


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