Friday Family Fun: Build a soapbox racer and join the derby in Manotick!

by DaniGirl on July 29, 2011 · 3 comments

in Ottawa Family Fun, Postcards from Manotick

I absolutely love this idea! I was recently asked by the Manotick Village and Community Association to help spread the word about a fantastic family event coming up the third week in September: they’re staging their annual Picnic in the Park, and one of the new features this year will be a soapbox derby. Is that awesome or what?

A soapbox racer (originally built from a wooden soap or orange crate and rollerskate wheels) is simply a non-motorized car that uses a slope, gravity and a big push to power it. You can build your own based on the specifications on the Manotick VCA website, or there are kits available for purchase online. Or maybe there’s one tucked away in grandpa’s shed, waiting for a little WD40 and TLC? Wouldn’t it be fun spending a few days this summer building, test-driving and decorating a soapbox racer with the family? No batteries, no wires, no video screens allowed!

Here are a few of the details:

  • registration costs $25 per racer, and you must register before August 31. However, there is a limit on number of participants, so register early to ensure you get a spot!
  • the derby will be held Sunday September 18 starting at 10:00.
  • minimum age of a driver is 7 years.
  • each racer is guaranteed four races, and you don’t have to have the same person driving for each race.
  • racers must wear a helmet with chin strap, eye protection and gloves. (The mom in me needed to get that part out there!)

And even if you don’t build and enter a racer, come on out to the Picnic in the Park in Manotick’s Centennial Park on September 18 to cheer on the racers. A picnic and an old-fashioned soapbox derby? I don’t think it gets more family-friendly than that!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Coco July 29, 2011 at 9:12 am

1950’s redux.

2 Scott Moffatt July 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

RT @DaniGirl: Friday Family Fun: Build a soapbox racer and join the derby in Manotick!

3 July 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm

RT @DaniGirl: Build a soapbox racer and join the derby in Manotick!

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