The 2017 McHenry Kiwanis Soap Box Derby, scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m., June 10, after a 9 a.m. parade, is looking for girls and boys ages 8-13 who welcome an opportunity to experience the thrill of racing while competing for trophies. This is the 15th year for the local race, which is held on Waukegan Road, crossing Green Street, in downtown McHenry.
“We have spots open for additional drivers,” said Jim Marinangel, the coordinator of the event and Executive Vice President of McHenry Savings Bank. “We have corporate sponsors and cars. Each child that enters the race is matched up with a sponsor and their car.”
The cars race downhill while reaching speeds approaching 30 mph. Each child runs in at least two heats, along with additional practice laps. While the cars are already constructed, success in the race involves the ability of each driver to get the most out of their car.
“Drivers can tweak the handling and the smooth roll of the wheels to achieve the greatest speed from their car,” said Marinangel. “The winners are usually the drivers who find the best route on the down-hill track and stick to that groove.”
The winner of the McHenry Kiwanis Soap Box Derby is entered in the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race in Akron, OH, July 16-22. This is the 80th year for the World Championship.
Drivers must also be under 130 pounds and below 5’ 3”.
Marinangel said that the event gives the young drivers a taste of the racing experience while they have fun, bond with parents who support their race team and build confidence.
To learn more, or to register, visit: http://www.soapboxderby.org/mchenry/getting-started/forms.aspx. You can also contact Jim Marinangel at 815-385-3000.