Here is the local Maine video on the 2009 Northern Maine Soap Box Derby race.Our local race was the largest in the country...not just Maine, for five years straight. Boys and girls with dad, mom, uncle Bob or your big brother/sister to help as Mr Goodwrench. Over 60 volunteers, many with no kids in the race show up year after year. To see the fright and then joy as "the thrill of the hill" gets in to the racer's system. As young racers pick up speed, holler, sing, hang on for dear life.
Kids from 8 to 17 can race derby cars and whole families make trips around the country in the rally race program.The Northern Maine race was started in 1996.
I had two children, a boy and a girl that won the event, went on to Akron for the end of June trip down the hill. It's like Nascar racing, but gravity is your engine. We loaded up a derby car trailer and the entire family, four kids would race as far away as New Hampshire. Other local racers went as far away as Florida, New York and everywhere in between all year long. The rally program even has races inside large empty warehouses...so no snow plows need to be added to any race cars in Northern climates like Maine, the Northeast.