Hancock to host indoor Soap Box Derby

January 13, 2011|By DON AINES |

HANCOCK — Soap Box Derby enthusiasts from around the region will have a rare opportunity to race later this month in an indoor rally.

The Central Maryland Soap Box Derby, headquartered in Frederick, Md., will be sponsoring a rally in the Stanley Fulton Business Complex in Hancock on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 22 and 23, said Scott Fox, local race director for the Hancock Soap Box Derby.

Volunteers have been building ramps inside the former Fleetwood travel trailer manufacturing building for the event, Fox said. Drivers will compete on a 200-foot course, with two races each day beginning at 9 a.m., he said.

The Hancock Soap Box Derby held its first rally in October, an outdoor event on High Street that drew about 40 competitors, with local businesses sponsoring cars, Fox said.

On the weekend of March 12-13, the Hancock group will be hosting its own indoor event at the Stanley Fulton Business Complex, Fox said.

Children from throughout the United States can register to race in the event. Fox expects it will attract racers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

His 11-year-old son, Garrett, and daughter Emily, 12, are both Soap Box Derby racers, with Garrett having gone to the nationals in Akron, Ohio, last year, he said.

Admission is free for spectators. The fee for drivers is $30 per race or $100 to race in all four events, Fox said.

For families interested in getting involved in Soap Box Derby, Fox said the cars, built from kits, can cost $600 or more. Racers compete in three divisions, Stock, Superstock and Masters, he said.

From painting to pushing to driving, Soap Box Derby can involve the whole family, Fox said.

“There’s one seat, but the whole family gets into it,” he said.

For more information about the rally or Soap Box Derby, call Fox at 301-678-6613.

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